TED-Ed, the new educational initiative program of the nonprofit organization TED, has officially opened up the beta version of its website for educators.
The group, successful for bringing together bright minds in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design (thus the acronym) is excited to work with teachers in its ongoing efforts to share knowledge and ideas.
The famous TED motto of “Ideas Worth Spreading” has been adapted to the TED-Ed initiative as “Lessons Worth Sharing” and the program definitely looks both sharable and promising.
Teachers’ lessons are presented as animated videos, and teachers can then customize these video lessons to their specific style and needs to include multiple choice and/or open-ended questions, or links to more information on the topic, among other things. They can also create lesson plans around other non-TED videos as well.
The beta site offers a wide array of study aides with 62 lesson videos already up, and 238 “flips” (customized videos) available for viewing and testing.
The site is aiming at moving out of beta and fully launching by September for the start of the academic year for most schools.
From TED-Ed’s website:
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.