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