Using TED- Ed: Creating Lessons Worth Sharing

Have you ever had a blog idea only to run out of steam after the first or second paragraph?  Me too. So, to prove (good) ideas don’t die, I found this blog that I started writing in 2014 after I attended Elliott Masie’s Learning conference.  So, I decided to pick it up and finish it in 2016.  Here we go….

“The central mission of Ted-Ed is to capture and to amplify the voice of the world’s greatest teachers”

For this blog, I am going to talk about TED- Ed: Creating Lessons Worth Sharing. First of all, here is the synopsis:

One of the largest shifts in corporate learning has been the use of open content like TED videos. TED-Ed is a unique platform that allows designers, managers, subject matter experts or even workers to rapidly build “lessons” around TED or YouTube video segments by adding content, context, engagement and even a few assessment questions.

What is Ted Ed?

There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community.

The second type, which I would like to talk about, are TED-Ed lessons that can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used regularly – in classrooms and homes – to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way.

It’s pretty cool and easy to setup.  You can login in to the TED-Ed site, create an account and begin.  Once you pick a video, it sets up helps you create a lesson around the video with 5 stages:
1. Watch: Yep, you watch the video
2. Think:  After participants watch the video, it allows you to create up to 15  multiple choice/open answer questions about the video or topic at hand
3. Did Deeper:  The instructor can have a summary of the video or points of interest they want to call out from the video.
4. Discuss: Invite users to discuss with one another on the video, questions or the instructor summary.  You can even bring in old discussions to this section
5. …And Finally:  Here you can leave your students with closing thoughts

And that’s it.  You can pull any TED video and create a lesson plan around it all in one neat and tidy place.