You’re probably familiar with TED Talks – those videos where people spread ideas and stir your curiosity. TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative, and it is producing a growing library of original animated educational videos which are written and created by actual educators and then animated by professional animators. TED-Ed also provides a platform for teachers to build their own interactive lessons around any TED-Ed Original video, TED Talk or YouTube video. These lessons can be used to provide content or supplement instruction in a blended learning classroom.
Access TED-Ed at ed.ted.com.
From the TED-Ed homescreen:
- You can view all the TED-Ed lessons and find the TED-Ed Original videos by clicking on View All TED-Ed Lessons at the bottom.
- If you want to create a lesson, click on the red Create a Lesson button toward the top center.
- You do not have to register or be logged in to view lessons, but if you want to create or adapt a lesson, you will need to register or log in by clicking on the link in the top right corner.
Browsing and Searching for Existing Lessons
Once you have clicked on View All TED-Ed Lessons on the homescreen there are several ways you can browse or search for TED-Ed Lessons:
- Search for a specific topic by clicking on Search in the top right.
- Browse by subject by clicking on the All Subjects menu and choosing the subject you’re looking to find a lesson for.
- Filter or sort your videos in various ways to help you narrow your search by using the filter and sort options.
Anatomy of a TED-Ed Lesson
TED-Ed lessons follow a particular format. Each lesson can have up to six parts students work through as they complete the lesson:
- Let’s Begin – Provides an introduction to the topic of the lesson and video.
- Watch – Students click on the play button on the video to watch it.
- Think – After watching the video, students answer a series of multiple choice or open answer questions about the video. This activity checks their comprehension of the content covered in the video. These questions can be set up so that if a student gets an answer incorrect they can be given a hint to the answer by being taken to a particular spot in the video that would help answer the question for them. They can attempt to answer the question as many times as they need.
- Dig Deeper – Students can access further information and additional resources about the topic of the lesson.
- Discuss – Students can add their own comments to and view others’ comments on discussion topics centered around the lesson.
- And Finally – Provides and closing thoughts on the lesson.
If you find an existing lesson you’d like to use or adapt, click on the red Customize This Lesson button. This will create your own copy of the lesson which you can then modify and share.
Creating Your Own TED-Ed Lesson
After clicking on the red Create a Lesson button on the TED-Ed home screen, the first step in creating a TED-Ed lesson is to select a video. If you have already found a video on YouTube, you can simply paste the link into the video search box. You can also search by keyword. This will search in YouTube for videos on this topic. You can preview the video before you choose it.
Once you have chosen your video, the lesson editing feature will open.
This is your primary workspace. In here you can:
- Change the lesson title. The default title is the name of the video.
- Crop the video to only a certain segment.
- Add a written introduction in the Let’s Begin section.
- Add multiple choice and open answer questions about the video in the Think section. For multiple choice questions you can add video hints that will take students to a specific point in the video that contains the answer to the question.
- Add supplemental information in the form of text, images, and links to the Dig Deeper section. Students can use the information and resources in this section to continue or expand their study of the topic.
- Add discussion prompts for the students to write on in the Discuss section.
- Add a conclusion or closing thoughts in the And Finally… section.
- Once you have added content to your lesson, you can click on More (on the right), to…
- Preview your lesson
- Adjust the Settings for your lesson including:
- Which sections of the lesson you want to include
- Sharing settings
- Whether your students need to log in with their own TED-Ed account (only available for students 13 and older) or whether they can access the lesson by entering a nickname
- And more.
- When you are ready to share it, click on Publish. This will create a link you can share with your students through whatever means you’d like.
Viewing Your Lessons and Student Progress
- Access your lessons by clicking on your profile in the top right corner to open your profile menu. Then click on Lessons.
- Click on Published to view the lessons you have created and Published.
- From here you can Share, Edit, or Delete the lesson by clicking on the appropriate button.
- Clicking on Review Student Work will allow you to monitor student progress.