Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TED-Ed in the classroom

We have all seen great TED talks either on TV or during school PD. We know that they are meant to be inspirational and often use them to spark great discussions about education. TED-Ed is a free educational website for teachers and learners where you can find videos to enhance instruction or facilitate discussions. You can:

  • Put a video on your class blog or on Edmodo and ask a question to which students can respond to prepare for the next day's lesson.  
  • Use the videos in class and then take the lesson a step further by using the TED-Ed discussion questions or create your own.  
  • You can also find you own video on YouTube and create a lesson with questions to go with it right on the TED-Ed site.

Watch this video for an introduction.

When you visit the TED-Ed website and choose the "lessons" section of the site, you can search for videos by subject, or grade level. Each video is usually under ten minutes and already has a set of quiz questions and discussion questions ready to go. If you want to create your own lesson, just choose, "Customize this lesson."

Some of the videos that could work with the 4th and 5th grade curriculum might include: How Levers Work

This is a great resource! Enjoy it and let me know if you need or want support with this site. :)

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