A couple of months ago, I wrote an article on a TEDxtalk video of Ken Robinson speaking of Creativity Stifled in Schools. TED has become one of the most renowned ideological and educational instruments that anyone can utilize on the internet today. With the outstanding success that TED has received from TEDxtalks, TED books, and TED conferences, the company is expanding its resources to create educational lessons and videos worth sharing in a project called TED-Ed. According to the “About Us” page on ed.ted.com, the philosophy behind TED-Ed is that ideas can, and will, inevitably change the world. What their mission is, is to create, as all educators wish, a people who learns their entire lifetime.
TED-Ed can be used by both educators and the masses. They offer a service to the users of TED-Ed, which “flips” the video, or the lesson plan, into one that fits their individual needs. There are several tools for you to choose to utilize in the classroom, or any educational setting. TED-Ed also offers transportability – meaning, the lessons you, essentially create by picking and choosing materials, are available to share to the world via social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. The website even allows you to share videos via Youtube so that your students may have easy access to the content; as long as the students have a Google account or a Gmail account, they are able to use Youtube.
After your students – assuming you are an educator – have completed the lessons provided, you are then able to view progress as well as their answers to questions – essentially, their grades. The lessons, as captured through video, only run up to ten minutes per – therefore, all information is to the point – keeping students interested and involved within the criteria. According to Edudemic, the information is essentially presented in nuggets instead of full-blown lessons.
The program goes as far as to help animators receive jobs and an expansion of their portfolios, as stated by this introductory video posted in March of 2012. The videos are not mere episodes of professors standing in front of a podium and lecturing the masses; instead they are accompanied by creative interpretation of the material, which also helps students maintain their interest.
Right now, though it is 2013, the program is still in the midst of it’s beta format. The website offers sections by series, subject, and the best flips for easy selection, as well.
Users have said that the information is still developing, although offers student enjoyment so far. Thankfully, this is one of the main points that TED-Ed wished to impact students by is their interaction; student interest needs to be peaked in order for the student to fully submerge themselves into academic material.
Edudemic also presents a sneak peak into a lesson provided by TED-Ed. David Gallo’s lesson on Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders presents a thought you may not have initially understood – the ocean is the earth’s largest waterfall.
For more information, to sign yourself up to learn from TED-Ed, view the second link towards the beginning of the article.