Lessons with animated videos: TED-Ed (part 3)

[You can read part 1 of this series on TED-Ed here, and part 2 here.]

After learning so many great things about TED-Ed, I believe it is important to understand the usage policy of these TED-Ed lessons.

TED Talks Usage Policy

TED Talks are under a Creative Commons License. This means we can share TED Talks on blogs (if sharing TED Talks is not the main purpose of the blog) with a visible link back to TED.com. We are also encouraged to stream TED Talks in classrooms for discussions and share links to TED.com on class platforms.

TED-Ed Usage Policy

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Lessons with animated videos: TED-Ed (part 2)

[You can read part 1 of this series on TED-Ed here.]

Yesterday, we learned that TED-Ed is one branch of TED. We also learned that TED-Ed’s main goal is to offer animated video lessons for use by educators in the classrooms. Let’s explore this concept a bit further today.

Evaluating one TED-Ed Lesson as a learning resource

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Lessons with animated videos: TED-Ed (part 1)

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.

But before…

What is TED and how it started?

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When my heart exploded with joy

I decided to stop trying to imitate beautiful fonts because I want to have my own style and have the freedom to write what I want without following strict patterns. My hand is heavy, and I suffer too much trying to create thin upstrokes; this kills all the joy that hand lettering should be giving me.

I can start a thin upstroke, but I cannot create a thin upstroke when it a continuum of the thick downstroke:

It isn’t natural to me to release the pressure of the pen when I create an upstroke.

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The beauty of open education

This video made me remember a conversation I had with my husband about encyclopedias, two nights ago. In the 80s, encyclopedias were sold door to door in Brazil as well as in other parts of the world. Textbooks and encyclopedias were the main sources of knowledge available at the time. Encyclopedias were outdated mainly because families would rarely buy a new collection if they owned a full set. There were no encyclopedias in my house. So, I had to go to the school library to borrow an encyclopedia for my research papers. I never took them home though since they were super heavy, and I usually needed less than 1/4 of a page for my homework. As with many companies, Britannica also had to adapt to new technologies and no longer sells encyclopedias door to door.

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