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Weekend Website #98: TED-Ed

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, been excited to use.

TED ed

Lessons worth sharing


5th Grade+


Academic, curiosity




In a nod toward the importance of video in today’s educational environment, TED--one of the leaders in spreading ideas and inspiration through conferences, media and research fellowships–has launched an educational game-changer in their new interactive website, TED-ed. This is a collection of three- to eight-minute K-12 animated educational video lessons. Educators can browse the videos by themes (like health, math, business) or curiosity (featured, series, subject). Every video is accompanied by a lesson plan, a quick multiple choice quiz (with feedback on answers), open-ended questions in a section called ‘think’, and more information to percolate curiosity in the ‘dig deeper’ section.

In a true open source mind-set, teachers can use, tweak, and/or entirely flip any lesson–redo it for their unique classroom needs–or create lessons from scratch based on any video from TED-ed’s YouTube channel. Flipped lessons can be tracked to measure student activity and their affect on classroom goals. Don’t know what I mean by a ‘flipped classroom‘? Click for the basics.

One of the most amazing features of TED Ed is a special tool that allows you to take any video on YouTube and flip it–customize it to classroom needs.

It won’t surprise anyone in education that one of advisers to this endeavor is Salman Khan, founder and faculty of the Khan Academy (click to read more about Khan Academy).

Overall, educators find the website intuitive, easy-to-use, and are excited about a free method of extending their lessons, making them more student-centric and individualized,.

Need more info? Here’s their YouTube video:

Have you flipped any of the lessons for your class? I’d love to hear your experiences.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


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