Teachers and animators create lessons worth sharing
You may have heard of the TED Talks where thoughtful and experienced speakers share their knowledge with others at the annual TED Conference in the USA. The talks are subsequently posted on the TED web site www.ted.com TED is a non profit organisation based in the USA.
You may also have attended one of the licensed TEDX events held worldwide, which enable many to experience for themselves TED talks in a local setting. Many thanks to Teesside University here in the UK who hosted the TEDX event that I attended
If you get the chance do go along to one, you will find yourself both challenged and informed.
In March TED launched the first phase of its “TED-Ed” initiative, in practice a series of a dozen short animated YouTube videos “created for high school students and lifelong learners,” in the big picture an invitation to teachers to collaborate with TED to create more effective video lessons that can be used in classrooms.
Now TED is announcing the second phase of its education initiative on TED.com, which is designed to enable teachers to create unique lesson plans around its video content. TED-Ed aims to harness the talent of the best teachers around the globe by giving them tools that spark and facilitate learning.
Since launch, TED-Ed’s YouTube channel and its corresponding call to educators and animators to submit lesson ideas and animations has attracted 2.4 million views, 42K subscribers, and 3K comments, and more importantly, the interest of both educators and brands. The new TED-Ed site optimises TED content for use in classrooms, boardrooms, and educational settings.
Each video is attached to quizzes relating to the video content and to further sources of information. Teachers can therefore use the videos as they are presented or if they choose to do so, they can change (flip) the video title, quiz questions and additional content to suit the needs of their particular audience. TED-Ed does not just allow this to happen with the talks that they host, but teachers can also now do the same with any suitable video hosted on YouTube.
Finally if you are an educator or an animator yourself or know someone who is who would like to share their experience and knowledge freely on TED-Ed you can nominate them to be considered to create new TED-Ed content.
So take a look at TED-Ed yourself and don’t forget to tell any teachers or animators who you know who may be interested. Get more information here