This post is the first of a series on TED-Ed: an open learning resource:
PART 1 – TED, TEDx, and TED-Ed
PART 2 – Inside and out of a TED-Ed lesson
PART 2 – TED-Ed as an open resource for teaching
We use lots of TED Talks in our program to discuss academic success strategies with our adult students academically at risk. However, I rarely search for videos on the TED-Ed website; I remember using two TED-Ed videos only by now. I usually search for TED Talks by topic. So, I decided to take a better look at TED-Ed.
What is TED and how it started?
TED vs. TEDx:
Some facts and great things about TED conferences:
- TED conferences are not done for money but to spread great ideas.
- TED conferences are translated into 115 languages.
- Wait… 30 years of TED? Yes, the first TED Conference dates back to 1984!
- Elements of a good talk by Laura Penn: provocative beginning >> narrative/tell a story >> a call to action.
- Not every talk makes it to the TED front page.
TED-Ed’s main page
It is colourful and beautiful. It is pretty simple to understand how to access the lessons there, by using the filter or by checking the series. And if you know TED, you know that TED-Ed follows the same high quality of its videos.
The “About” page tells us a little bit more about TED-Ed:
- TED-Ed was launched in 2012 “with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world.”
- TED-Ed has a growing library of animated videos, a “platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons”, and TED-Ed Clubs (“a 13-session presentation literacy curriculum that supports students [age 8-18] in sharing their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks“).
- TED-Ed Originals are “award-winning animated videos” created in collaboration between experts, such as educators, animators, and TED experts.
- TED-Ed Lessons are lessons created with a TED-Ed Original (video), questions, and other resources.
- TED-Ed currently has seven advisors. Among the advisors are Melinda French Gates and Salman Khan (the founder of the Khan Academy).
TED-Ed has a blog too:
The TED-Ed Blog discusses ideas and other projects for educators and for students, such as peer coaching, online groups for professional development, and tips to identify fake news. There are some interesting things on the TED-Ed blog; the TED-Ed’s first 360º animated video is a must see!
Great! We have learned the differences among TED, TEDx, and TED-Ed. Tomorrow, I am going to evaluate one TED-Ed lesson and let you know my opinion about each part of it.