Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Etye Sarner
TED-Ed is an online database for lessons worth sharing. Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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 TED’s endeavors, including the TED Conferences, TEDx, TEDBooks, the TEDFellows Program, and the TEDTranslations Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED is excited to launch its newest initiative, TED-Ed. TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.
TED-Ed‘s videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world’s greatest educators. To achieve this, Ted pairs extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of exceptional educational videos. This website, similar to TED.com, is ever-evolving and we depend on you, the TED community, to nominate inspiring teachers that have touched your life or clever animators who have the skills to bring a gifted teacher’s lesson to life. TED-Ed videos are geared towards a high school / college audience. They are not for a professional audience in that they aren’t really used to train how to teach. TEd-Ed’s videos are intended for learners; they teach a lesson. TED-Ed is also a platform for teachers. They can flip our TED-Ed original videos to use in their classrooms or use the flip from YouTube tool to build their own new lessons about any YouTube video.
The most meaningful TED-Ed videos are collaborations between the TED-Ed team and at least one of the following: a curious learner, an exceptional educator, or a talented visualization artist. If you are one of these types of people, or if you know someone who is, help guide Ted-Ed’s effort to create a library of lessons worth sharing by nominating them. TED-Ed Originals are lessons that are made by the TED-Ed team. They start 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. All in all, Ted-Ed is without a doubt a website geared for anyone. Anyone who wants to learn something will find Ted-Ed useful. Videos are very simple to understand and definitely push you to think extensively. Let’s put all of our minds together and educate the world one one person at a time! Check it out now!