TEDEd.com – Free Educational Website for Teachers and Learners

TEDEd.com is a free educational website for teachers and learners. It is a global & interdisciplinary initiative with a commitment to create lessons worth sharing. TEDEd’s approach to education is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas.

TED is a non-profit devoted to spread ideas. Started out in 1984 as a conference to bring people from Technology, Entertainment and Design together, TED has now become broader with two annual conferences,  the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer.

[advt]TED includes the TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project & TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows & TEDx programs and the annual TED Prize. TED believes that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives and the world. With this philosophy and the intention of supporting teachers and curious learners around the world, TED launched TEDEd.

Users can find carefully curated educational videos in the TEDEd video library. Users can distribute the lessons either publicly or privately. They can also track their impact on the world, a class or an individual student. TED-Ed videos are for high school / college audience and not for professional audience.

TEDEd is also a platform for teachers.  Teachers can flip TEDEd original videos to use in their classrooms or use TEDEd’s flip from YouTube tool to build their own lessons about any YouTube video.  These videos cover various subjects in disciplines such as Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Psychology, Philosophy and Religion, Mathematics, Literature and Language, Health, Design and Engineering,Business and Economics etc.

Users can select from pre-configured quizzes & questions, create new open ended questions and add additional readings or activities to each lesson they create as supplementary material.

Whereas the TEDEd lessons are made by the TEDEd team comprising an educator or expert. TED-Ed finds all their educators through nominations from the public. These educators and animators together develop a script and produce an animated lesson.

[advt]The “flip this video” button allows users to turn a video into a customized lesson, which can be assigned to students or can be shared. Users can also add context, questions and follow-up suggestions. TED-Ed videos can be contextualized because they are equipped with optional supplementary materials. Users can decide which of those materials to keep while they “flip” a video.

Most of the TEDEd videos are available with translations. A click on the “CC” button in the video toolbar will enable closed captioning and users can toggle between any available languages. Also users can submit videos to TEDEd. The Lesson shall start with an idea or a question, which should compel the viewer to want to learn more about the subject area.

TEDEd Lessons target people of 13-21 age range, so the video should aim them mainly. Also ones who submit the lessons must write with visualization or animation in mind. The TEDEd had partnered with KOHL’S and YouTube for providing videos and lessons.

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