Ted Talks in the Classroom


Ted Ed in the Classroom

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

I used Ted Talks in my 2nd grade classroom last year and it was a huge success. The kids brainstormed ideas, researched their idea, wrote their talk, practiced, and we filmed them delivering their speech and then they were shared and viewed.


1. Go to the Ted Ed website and find a video you could use in your classroom.

http://ed.ted.com/ (You can click on link in title)

2. Watch the video at the bottom, What Adults Can Learn from Kids. This is a great example of kids giving Ted Talks.

3. Answer the 4 questions.

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Any Topic Works

Kid President is a good example of giving an inspirational talk. Kids can talk about divorce, endangered animals, school, bullying, music, being short or tall, cancer, loss, friendship....Anything!


1. How could you use TedEd in the classroom?

2. How does TedEd integrate with core subjects?

3. How can you incorporate other technology with TedEd?

4. What are 5 ideas for a Ted Talk that could be used in your class?