Before reading the following article, watch this video. It will give you an overview of what TED-ED is.
As mentioned in the video, TED-Ed is a way for students all around the world to benefit from education from many teachers worldwide. There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first one represents collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration’s role is to allow people in different countries to benefit from the lesson given by the expert. The second one can be created by any visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used in classrooms and homes to introduce new topics to students in a new and exciting way. It includes a free service that lets teachers upload any YouTube video. Furthermore, teachers can also make the videos more relevant to their classes by adding customized questions and quizzes. Most TED talks include a speaker who is talking about innovations and inspirations. Unlike what some people say about TED-Ed, the videos are not a substitute for the teachers. In fact, TED-Ed videos are resources that teachers can use to motivate and inspire lessons that are already being taught.
How it works
On the TED-Ed website, you can search for TED videos on YouTube through the search bar. Once you find a talk you like, you can use the “Share” feature to add context to the video or define learning objectives for your students. In the “Think” section you can add multiple choice questions or pose open-ended questions for your students to think about. In the “Dig Deeper” section you can add links to articles, references, and the class blog. Using these tools, you can provide a deeper context for the talk, encourage students to engage rather than just watching passively, and spark deeper discussion both online and in the classroom. You can also look at other teachers’ lesson plans, or share your own and see it featured on the site. You can create custom URLs for your discussion so you can share it exclusively with your students. Also, you can use the site to see students’ progress to see which students need more help.
Ideas for ESL teachers
Here are four ways that English as a second language (ESL) teachers can use TED Talks for:
1. Use TEDTalks to start conversations
For example, if you are talking about Hamlet, you can show a TEDTalk related to Hamlet or Shakespeare’s plays or even drama plays in general. Students can after start a conversation in teams of four related to that TEDTalk. Knowing that they will have to talk about it after in team, TEDTalk is a good way to catch students’ attention.
2. Make Your Own TED-Ed Club
You can fill out an application form and the organization will send you 13 suggested meeting topics. In these meetings, students will learn all about what makes a great TED Talk, and will work on practicing their oral, writing, and presenting skills. Students will not only gain confidence in expressing their own ideas, but they will also improve their writing, discussing, and storytelling skills. You can submit your best student speeches to be presented on TED-Ed, where your student might present his/her speech.
3. Have students give subject-specific TED Talks
As an ESL teacher, you could propose ideas ahead of time, and assign them to students as a challenge to think about the topic, and write as many arguments as they can think of, which is great for building rhetoric and analysis skills, as it is specified on this website. Moreover, you can assign each student a character from a story they have read, and then have them give a TED Talk from that person’s perspective, like a monologue. It is a way for students to understand more the characters in the story.
4. Create a TED Talks Unit
Creating TED Talks is a way to have students not only brainstorm ideas but also present them together in a convincing, clear, and original way. It allows students to practice their oral skills as well as keeping eye contact while talking in front of the class.
Olivia Cucinotta, a student in high school, has written a text about TED Talks in her English class. Her opinion about TED Talks is that students can better grasp topics they might not fully understand at first glance, think critically about how they think about the world, and discuss other big ideas beside their own. To read more about what she had to say about TED Talks, go to this website.
As mentioned by Stacey Roshan, a teacher in Potomac, TED-Ed videos are a way to access great lesson plans from teachers across the country. Here are many ideas for lessons in a class that teachers can chose from. They can choose a topic and have a discussion in class about being for or against that topic. It will help students form an opinion on important topics and they will practice their oral English skills.
School is all about ideas and keeping the students busy and interested. TED-Ed helps teachers bring new ideas into conversations and debates. They can be used to bring diverse voices and questions into classroom discussions. It helps students be more confident about sharing their ideas and talking in front of a group. Its moto being “Ideas worth spreading,” TED-ED is made for classrooms because spreading ideas is what education is all about.