I am always searching for additional resources to integrate assessment into courses. This past summer, I stumbled across Ted Ed. Ted Ed is a creation from the popular Ted Talks, non-profit, series of videos and live events. Ted Talks are currently inspiring, challenging and teaching all who spare the time to listen.
What’s in it for Teachers
Ted Ed Lessons allow anyone to feature any YouTube hosted video, not just Ted Talks videos, and build a lesson around the video/animation. The Ted Ed resource provides a simple process and interface for educators to create learning quizzes. There is no coding or technical expertise involved in this process. These digital lessons can be easily shared through social media or email and with some skill a lesson can be embedded into your institutional learning management system or your class homepage.
Simple and Welcoming
I appreciate the high standards set by the Ted community. This is apparent in the implementation of Ted Ed Lessons. They have taken care to eliminate inauthentic labor for instructors. Learning how to create a lesson for courses with English as a second Language students is simple and is supported through several means. There is a comprehensive support site (see the link below) and a direct email (firstname.lastname@example.org) address available to assist. As well, the website tour provides an overview of this resource and its key parts within two and a half minutes. A simple click of the “View Full Lesson button” models the student experience of using a Ted Ed lesson. The lesson parts: Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, Discuss and …And Finally ensure that instructors are comfortable with this resource through its simplicity and welcoming interface.
Step by Step Visual Support
Instructors are also supported, after the free registration, with a comprehensive email detailing the steps to create a Ted Ed lesson. Most instructors may not require this information as the “Create a Lesson” button leads to a visual guide/template that steps creators through the process. The process follows five short steps:
- find a video
- select a video
- edit the lesson
Customize Your Video-based Lessons
Within each lesson the creator must include a video but has the option of using any of the following sections:
- Watch – this is where the video plays
- Think – includes multiple choice (True/False) or open end questions
- Dig Deeper – assign a task or pose a challenge for the students
- Discuss – can be used to prompt discussion or allow students to start conversations based on their experience with the video
- …And Finally – allows the instructor to conclude the lesson and possibly raise further activity or discussion based on the lesson.
Only the Watch section is mandatory to create a Ted Ed Lesson. After the lesson is saved and published, it can be shared through email or various social media buttons. If you require embedding to place it within your institutional LMS or class homepage, then try the web tool Embed Code Generator. It takes the link of your lesson page and converts it into a usable embed code. Each learning management system treats embed codes slightly differently, so the results may vary.
Great Animations at Your Fingertips
I have created a few Ted Ed lessons and have found that most of my time was spent locating suitable animations or videos. I highly recommend spending some time exploring the TED Ed site for the high quality animations.
Save Time with Re-purposing
As with all contemporary resources, there are thousands of readily available lessons created by the community. In fact, there are over 130,000 lessons available for your consideration and repurposing through the Customize This Lesson feature on the Ted Ed Lessons site.
If your students register with TED Ed, they can sign in to your lessons. This allows the instructor to track their progress. Of course this function is totally optional, but it may be important for some teaching situations, especially if you want them to participate in the Discuss activity.
To download a ‘How to Create a TED Ed Lesson’ worksheet, surf to Tutela.ca and open the TESL Ontario group. In the Ted Ed Lessons Forum, there are a few worksheets to assist instructors in using this resource.
I hope that you give this technology a try to enhance your teaching. If you have created a lesson, please send us the link in the comments section below.
Resources referenced in this post
Embed Code Generator http://embed.ly/code
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/talks
TED Ed Lessons http://ed.ted.com/lessons
TED YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
TEDx Talks https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks
TEDFellows Talks https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks
Ted Ed Support http://support.ed.ted.com