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TED-ED: Lessons Worth Sharing

TED-ED: Lessons Worth Sharing

Platform: web-based

Price: Free


TED-Ed allows you to customize any educational YouTube video into a more robust lesson. With the online application one can select a YouTube video then add sections:

  • Think - multiple choice and open ended questions (up to 15),
  • Dig Deeper - additional text, resources, and links to help students delve deeper into the topic,
  • Discuss - an online discussion forum tied to the video. You can even add time stamps to the questions and responses.

TED-Ed is easy and convenient and can be used in several ways:

  • Browse or search for existing lessons -- the site has a large number of lessons already created that include the sections above. This is a quick and easy way to get started.
  • Modify an existing lesson -- if you find a lesson/video you like you can customize it to meet your needs by clicking on "Customize this Lesson." You can add or delete sections, discussions, resources or questions to meet your specific needs.
  • Create your own from scratch -- if you have a video that doesn't have a lesson with it you can create your own shell by clicking on "Create a Lesson." This will allow you full control over everything associated with that video.

When finished, share the link with your students via email and they can view and participate in the lesson. They will have to create a free TED-Ed login and with that you can see which students viewed the lessons and their answers to the questions and discussions.

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  • Great way to introduce a topic for homework the night before a lecture. You can see the student's answers to check for understanding.
  • Supplemental instruction.
  • If you create your own lectures this is a good way to add other interactive material to the lesson.
  • Gives context to a video you have your students watch.

Final Thoughts

I've not used this tool personally but it has been a hot topic at ISTE for the past few years.

Pros: It seems to be a good way to introduce some premade content into your course and allows the students to function independently.

Cons: the questions they answer are mainly for self-assessment. You can see what they answered but you can't export it to OAKS and you can't see a course overview. At least not that I saw. In addition, as a student I felt there was a flaw in the questions. It's not apparent that when you answer a question you have to click Check Answer before it saves your answer. I only "checked answer" on one of the five questions and just used the arrow to advance through the questions and it only recorded my first question.

I'm always interested to know what you think of these things if you use them so make sure to reach out to me.

Mendi Benigni

Instructional Technologist: School of Education, Health and Human Performance

College of Charleston