TED-Ed : Lessons worth sharing

TED-Ed is the latest initiative by the people behind the popular TED talks. TED-Ed’s videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world’s greatest educators. They have paired educators with talented animators to produce a library of educational videos.

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.

Like the Khan academy and other sites, resources like this may not be suitable for all classes and all students – use wisely. The animation aspect does make them feel more student-friendly than just a recording of someone giving a lecture.

The “flip this video” button allows you to turn a video into a customized lesson that can be assigned to students or shared more widely. You can add context, questions and follow-up suggestions. You’ll need to register with the site to do this.

TED-Ed

Videos are hosted on YouTube so you’ll need to check your settings in school before using. Pupils will be able to access these at home quite easily.

For example, here’s a video about atoms:

To take a look at the videos available visit : http://ed.ted.com/lessons

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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