15 June 2015

TED-Ed: Lesson Creation (Web 2.0 Tool 5)

TED-Ed is not something I was aware of until recently. It is a "an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas" and allows users to "take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around" it.

TED-Ed houses a library of lessons that are "carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform."

Types of Lessons

Creating an account is easy - if you are already registered with TED, you can use the same one. It will require some additional information such as the ages and subject you teach.

Once registered, you are able to search existing content by filters such as subject, content, student or duration.

Once selected, you can customise the lesson by adding "context, questions, discussion items, and follow-up suggestions to any video on TED-Ed or YouTube" to personalise the learning for your students.

Searching by series means you can view linked lessons:
Selecting the series reveals all the lessons available in that series:

The TED-Ed community offers "a creative space where the various groups of people using the TED-Ed platform can convene & converse around their ideas for TED-Ed and Education at large". It allows users to post "thoughtful ideas/questions, or respond to existing ones using the text field, categories and activity feeds" meaning it becomes a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and not just a place to create and discover lessons.

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.

This is definitely a resource that I would like to use in the future - the videos will not play in school, due to our blocking of YouTube, and I will have to request permission for the site to be unblocked. I do think it is worth it though as there are already many ideas plus I like the additional questions and resources. It takes the idea I looked at with Personalised Playlists on Sophia, and extends it. For teachers just beginning to use tech, it offers ready made resources that they can use immediately and become familiar with before moving into creating their own.

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