Any of you who have been following my blogs will know I am a huge fan of Ted Talks. I regularly blog about any particularly thought provoking educational video I’ve watched that has impacted my perspective. You can imagine y excitement when I stumbled across TED-Ed.
Who/What is TED-Ed?
TED-Ed is a free educational website for teachers and learners alike throughout the world. Within the TED-Ed library you can find a vast number of videos that have been carefully created by educators to serve a very effective educational purpose. The website also allows users to take any useful video (not just Ted videos, YouTube is a partner) and create an easily customized lesson around the video. Users can then chose to keep their lesson creations private or share them, and track the impact of their video lesson on their audience.
Who is TED-Ed aimed at?
TED-Ed is aimed at second level students and college learners. Existing videos within the TED-Ed library and ones created are for the purpose of the learner. Each video facilitates the learning process and teachers a lesson.
Flipping Your Classroom:
I am sure many educators are well aware of the term ‘flipped’. It allows teachers to expand the teaching time, what students traditionally do for homework and what they traditionally do during class time is flipped. Students watch the video lessons at home and come to class informed and ready for real learning and discussion on the topic.
TED-Ed allows teachers to flip their classroom. They can do this through using a TED-Ed original video or through creating their own using the ‘flip from YouTube tool’ on the site to build a lesson around any useful YouTube video. Simply choose your video and follow the step by step process to transform the video into an informative lesson. The functions ‘Think Deeper, ‘Expand’, ‘Discussion’ and ‘Finally’ allow you to do this. You can also ask multiple choice questions on the video or open ended questions to encourage reflection and critical thinking.
How does TED-Ed make lessons?
TED-Ed Originals are lessons that are made by the TED-Ed team. The TED-Ed team begins the process with a great idea from an educator or expert. TED-Ed finds all of our educators through nominations from the public.
Next, educators and animators collaborate to develop a script and produce an animated lesson. The content for the Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss sections is also created through this process. It usually takes a month or two to develop the lesson, with another 6 to 8 weeks for the animation.
Can I submit my video to be a TED-Ed lesson?
If you have already created a video and you want to build a TED-Ed lesson around it, you can use the TED-Ed Find & Flip bar to flip your own video from YouTube. Make sure that your video is uploaded to YouTube and listed as public. Next use the search box on our Find & Flip bar to find your video.
‘Flip This Video’:
The ‘flip this video’ allows users to transform their video into a captivating lesson worth sharing. Through doing this you can add content, ask questions, being interesting discussions, etc.
Now you need to register and start using this great educational platform. Students will also need to register to become learners. This is all for free. As mentioned above, you can choose to share lessons with just your class or with a wider audience through the publishing functions.
The website has tutorial videos and a very comprehensive step by step process to using the site and flipping your lessons. Its effective and simple structure makes this learning platform invaluable to any educator. I know I will be availing of this educational service, I hope you enjoy doing the same.
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