I was fortunate to attend the TEDx summit last week in Doha, where we were privy to a sneak peak by Chris Anderson to the new TED-ED platform that has now gone live this week. Watching this progress over a while the launched platform is exciting, open and full of future potential.
There are three great features:
1-Short animated lessons submitted by educators around the world and illustrated by the best animators. This makes the lessons ideal for language classrooms as they are short, and come ready with multiple choice questions on content, open ended thinking questions, a digging deeper section focused on further research and finally section. You can track the answers given in certain sections:
An example lesson: Find a one here at TED ED.
2-This is the exciting part!!! You can also FLIP THE LESSON. This means that you can create your own lesson using the TED ED’s open BETA software. Currently you cannot adapt the multiple choice questions. Because TED ED have also partnered with YOU TUBE you can also create a lesson from any you tube video and produce your own content. Still in the early stages as language teachers we might need to put our language questions into the Thinking part of the frame creation. I have been experimenting. Here is a rough one that I have produced for my learners who are about to learn English for Astronomy and need to know the vocabulary for the phases of the Moon to access a lecture that will be happening soon on the discoveries of Galileo. Here I have experimented with one gap fill question and then several open ended questions focusing on the vocabulary they need for a part of the lecture. In digging deeper they research the history of the early cosmologists and then there is an extensive reading part where they browse the current blogs being written by the current pioneers of space at the International Space Station. Some parts of these blogs also include some of the vocabulary and concepts needed for the later parts of our English for Science course. Here is the Link to the lesson below:
3-You can nominate great educators who have an effective 10 minute lesson or an animator and create a new lesson
A FEW POINTERS: The platform is right at the beginning so there features that still need to be ironed out. Here are a few points to keep in mind when using this resource:
1-To flip and create your own lesson currently you need to be a member of TED.com. This will change over time as they are trying to do it through Facebook to make it more accessible for learners and teachers. The account is free and it is easy to sign up.
2-Once you finish a question slide at the moment you cannot edit it or reposition it. This however might change.
3-You decide who you share the lesson the with.
If you want more details about TED-ED and Flipping then click here.
For more information on the thinking behind this open educational platform then follow this link to the Chris Anderson’s Blog (TED Curator).