TED Ed Talks to Teachers

“Creativity is the process of developing ideas that are original and of value.  Creative intelligence is dynamic, diverse and distinct.”  ~ Sir Ken Robinson

Last week, a task was set for us last week to research a Web 2.0 tool. Last night, in our final Web 2.0 class of Semester One of our M.A, our lecturer @donenda held a TeachMeet format for our lecture and we all presented our Web tech tool within a two minute time frame. I found this session extremely enjoyable and very useful as my fellow classmates introduced some Web 2.0 tools that were completely new to me. The Web 2.0 tools discussed last night included Animoto, ClassTools.net, Collaborize Classroom, Coggle, Edmodo, History Hub, Glogster, Google Classroom, X Mind, Padlet, Storybird,Narrable, The Answer Pad, Popplet, Podomatic, Morzino and Vimeo. We discussed how these could be used in the classroom and beneficial for teachers and the positives and negatives, costing and longevity of the tool. (Search for #5j16 on Twitter to check out all my classmates Twitter profiles and blog links in their Bio!)

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For additional Web 2.0 tools or if you would like to contribute some of your own, check out project252.com for more than 500 Web 2.0 tools that could help you in your classroom and teaching.


One Web 2.0 tool that I presented last night, that I would like to share with you all is Ted Ed. Most people are familiar with TED Talks, the series available on Netflix and YouTube where guest speakers discuss issues on a range of topics to a public audience that is recorded and taped and shared with the World Wide Web. TED arose in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design and TED Talks is a culmination of all three.

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In March 2012, TED-Ed was launched, which is a TED educational website for teachers and learners and the Web 2.0 tool I felt that would be beneficial in any classroom. It is FREE and it is a global initiative with a commitment to creating lessons worth sharing. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find 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 customised lesson around the video. The video can be 3 minutes up to 18 minutes long – you decide! Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.


TED-Ed is a fantastic platform for teachers.  Teachers can adapt TED-Ed Original Lesson content to create customised lessons to use in their classrooms or use the Create a Lesson tool to build their own new lessons with any YouTube video.  This is useful as some TED-Ed lesson may need to be simplified to suit the class abilities. TED-Ed Originals are lessons that are made by the TED-Ed team. TED Ed starts the process with a great idea from an educator or expert and the best thing about this is TED Ed finds all of the educators through nominations from the public.

Next, educators and animators collaborate to develop a script and produce an animated lesson. The content for the Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss sections is also created through this process. This feature is really useful on all of the videos because it means more than just showing a video clip to the class. It encourages teachers to make the students watch the clip, think, look at further resources on the topic and discuss the topic in class or in groups.

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According to TED’s Terms of Use, anyone 13 and over can join TED.com by providing basic contact information (first and last name, email address, country of residence). If you are under the age of 13, you may not create a TED.com account, and therefore you cannot save responses or participate in discussions. You’re welcome to watch TED-Ed lessons and enjoy the site, but you need to be at least 13 to create an account on TED.com.

Another great feature of the site is that only people with the link to your lesson access it. Only content produced or vetted by TED-Ed currently appears in searches on ed.ted.co, which I feel is an important issue to note. Also, if your school has YouTube blocked, you may be able to access the TED-Ed channel through YouTube for Schools. This section of the YouTube site allows schools to access educational YouTube content without including any other kinds of videos. It does require a network administrators authorisation, so speak to whoever administers your school’s computers about getting access.

If you are interested in getting involved in this process, fill out one of the forms on the website  where you can;

  • Nominate yourself as an educator
  • Nominate yourself as an animator
  • Suggest a lesson idea (review submission guidelines)

Teacher Programme

The TED-Ed Innovative Teacher program is a year-long professional development program for teachers who are dedicated to celebrating the ideas of students around the world. For more information, see the introduction on the TED-Ed Blog or contact teded.support@ted.com.

This Web 2.0 tool is beneficial for education as it allows teachers to centre their lessons around videos, facilitate discussion, give meaning to the video, provide students with more information and can learn and connect with other educators globally with the simple click of a mouse. TED-Ed is cross curricular with an extensive list of subjects and also zones in on the Six Key Skills of the Junior Cycle and really does appeal to all types of learners in any classroom.

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Reflecting back to the opening quote of this post from Sir Ken Robinson that “Creativity is the process of developing ideas that are original and of value.  Creative intelligence is dynamic, diverse and distinct.”  I really believe that this tool is dynamic, diverse and distinct and allows both teachers and students to be creative in their teaching and learning, both independently and collaboratively and that is why I could not recommend it enough.


You can Register online very easily here to TED Ed and best of all – it is a FREE Web 2.0 tool !

As always let me know what you think 🙂


  • NCCA Website
  • Ted Ed Website
  • Twitter #5j16 @donenda @TeachMeetsIRL @TedEd
  • Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative‘ (Sir Ken Robinson, Oxford, 2001)

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