TED-Ed: Turning Education Talk Into Action
Written by Robyn Shulman (information about TED-Ed posted with permission).
Last year, TED held their first live education show on TV. It was a night filled with inspiring stories, incredible educators and promising young students. For those who missed the episode, please see visit here for more information. Often times, a speaker will come on and share resources, shocking statistics, new ideas, technological and science based prospective future developments. All of these discussions and presentations are wonderful, however, one may wonder how the talk changed and/or affected the world.
What is TED?
TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. This underlying philosophy is the driving force behind all of the endeavors, including the conferences, books, the Fellows Program, and the Open Translation Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED-Ed is the newest initiative.
What is TED-Ed?
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of the mission to spread and share great ideas. Within the growing library of lessons, educators will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute their lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs — an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.
What are TED-Ed Lessons?
There are two types of lessons. The first, are the award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson ideas suggested by the community. The second type of lessons can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of lessons are used regularly — in classrooms and homes — to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring ways.
Inspired yet? This is a great opportunity to be part of the TED community for everyone around the world. This is talk made into in action.
Please enjoy the video below to see how one can bring TED-Ed to a classroom today.
TED-Ed is here.