Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TED-ED Launches

I wanted to point to a new resource that some of you might find valuable: TED-ED. (Full Disclosure: While I did not play a major role, I was part of the planning process for this.)

To get a good overview, watch the three minute TED-ED Tour video linked from the main TED-ED page.

In a nutshell, here's what this resource provides.
  • There is a growing collection of lessons on a variety of topics submitted by educators and then animated by professional animators. While currently small in number, this is likely to increase quickly. You can use the videos just as they are and there are suggested lesson plans and resources associated with each one. You can even create your own lesson plan around these videos (more on that in a minute).
  • You can apply to submit your own lessons. If you have a particularly interesting lesson that you think is worth sharing, you can record your own audio of the lesson and then collaborate with the TED-ED professional animators who will illustrate your talk (example).
  • In addition to the videos created by educators specifically for TED-ED, you can use the TED-ED resources for any video on YouTube. That means you can create customized lesson plans (including tracking student responses to multiple choice and free response questions) in the "flip this lesson" section for any YouTube video (you currently can't create your own multiple-choice questions for YouTube videos, but that's coming). You can, of course, also choose to upload your own videos to YouTube and then "flip them" if you have lessons that don't lend themselves to the TED-ED animation technique.
Again, I'd recommend watching the three minute tour video to get a better picture of this. This just launched today and is very much in beta, but I think it's another potentially good resources for folks to possibly utilize. If you do investigate it further and have feedback or feature requests for the site, please let me know and I'll pass it along to the TED-ED team. They are a great group of people and very much want your feedback to make the site even better.

For more background on the thinking behind TED-ED, read this post by Chris Anderson.


  1. Good afternoon Mr. Fisch,
    This is Angela Smith and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama, and I thought the Ted-Ed video was great. I enjoyed seeing that each video on Ted-Ed is accompanied by a lesson. I also loved the fact that students can still navigate the page while their lesson is still going on in the video. Every student needs and deserves wonderful sources and I see and believe that this is one of them!

  2. I totally agree with Angie! She took the words right out of my mouth. I find it so much easier to follow along when you can navigate while the lesson is going. It keeps the students engaged.