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The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge: WEEK 2 – ed.ted.com


WEEK 2 – ed.ted.com

Week 1 of our challenge was a huge success, with nearly 500 teachers signing up and dozens of great comments shared about Socrative, our Week 1 tool! Thanks everyone!

For week 2, we're going to take the powerful free functionality of ed.ted.com for a spin! Creating a robust lesson based on any YouTube video, and delivering it in a safe web page, is super easy with this outstanding tool from TED. This web app lets you create a quiz associated with the video, have an online discussion, provide resources for a Deeper Dive, and more. With the structured approach provided, it's a snap to “Create a Lesson Worth Sharing”! You can make these lessons private as well (available to only those you send the link to).

Watch this 3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial to get up and running with ed.ted.com in minutes:

This application is always a big hit in the online Flipped Classroom workshops we run several times a year (the next one is this summer). Of course, you can use lessons created with ed.ted.com with so many different teaching and learning approaches – whether it be flipped, hybrid/blended, online, in class (if your students have access to computers/tablets/smartphones), or just for a fun homework assignment. Or let students own and demonstrate their learning by creating their own lesson with ed.ted.com!

Note that you also get summary statistics as students use your lesson – how many viewed it, performance in the quizzes, etc. By the way, students will have to create an account in order for their input identified (and as with most web tools, the creation of personal accounts is intended to be limited users 13 and over, so keep that in mind).

Example Lessons

Here are some good examples of lessons created with ed.ted.com. Be sure to click on the ‘Think', ‘Dig Deeper', and ‘Discuss' links to the right of the screen to see how those functions were used to turn the video into a rich lesson!

AFTER YOU TAKE ed.ted.com for a trial run … Please Drop a Comment below and share your experience! What did you use it for? Was it easy? Was it fun? How did students feel about your lesson?

And if you're already an ed.ted.com fan … just go ahead and tell us a bit about how you use it (so you're in the running for our end-of-challenge give aways) and keep an eye out for next week's challenge tool!

In early June, we'll award selected participants free copies of the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book eBook, a free enrollment in the 2015 Summer 4 Week Online Flipped Class Workshop, a free Moby Max account, a free Gynzy (Smart Board Interactives) account, and other possible freebies we're working to line up! To have a chance a winning, just participate and share some observations regularly!


  1. I agree, this tool is extremely easy to use.
    I teach a course on teaching methods and plan to include an assignment requiring students to use this tool to ‘flip the classroom’
    what a great way to use existing resources!!

  2. I love this site. I am able to use it with my photography classes. It is a good go to when working in stations.

  3. I love the interactive aspect of ed.ted.
    I recently used it for a staff development and the teachers really liked it.
    When they came for the actual training on it, thru were blown away on how easy it to use. The 5th grade team is now using it for Science STARR review! Love it!!!

  4. I tried to use ed.ted in my class. I found this cool topic about the scientific method. Well, it served as an ice breaker because that time not all my students had an iPad (mobile phones are still regulated in the classroom😞).
    The only problem is choosing the right topics, I do not have enough time for that. Anyway, thanks for another cool apps.

  5. Ed.Ted is a great tool especially used in Flipped Classroom. I can easily use it to incorporate questions that actually able to develop the students higher order thinking skills. Students were more prepared and got the overview of the particular topic before they came into the classroom. One of the most interesting things that happened to my students was, this tool has inspired that to explore more on other relevant videos and share them with their friends. In my personal opinion, this tool supports and enhances our skill as the 21st Century educator.

  6. I just assigned my first TED.ed lesson and my students loved the format. They really liked the fact that the questions are next to the video and the time stamp feature. From a teacher’s perspective the ease at which you can create a lesson is wonderful. Another great feature is the discussion format. The fact that the student responses come to me in one email is a great benefit. Typically when students are sending be their homework I end up with 80 emails. It is another time saver to be able to just scroll down and read their answers. Their responses to my first discussion question was some of the best work they have done this year.

  7. It took only few minutes to create a lesson plan on evolution of digital technology for my gr 5 students.I have created 2 lessons so for in the past 2weeks and planning to use it throughout my teaching.My students felt comfortable learning at their own pace also they said they can always revisit and add on to their answers.The exclude option helps to create lessons based on our requirements.Thanks for sharing such an amazing tool.

  8. I just tried this out. I used a YouTube video, because I knew they had the content I wanted. The process is really simple to follow and it lets you create a variety of question types. Great resource!

  9. Great site. I will use this to help with blended learning in my classes. It keeps the students engaged. Will also share this with other colleagues.

  10. I used ed.ted.com last year to create a flipped lesson for adult learners and I thought this was an amazing tool! I loved how this tool provided learners with numerous ways to extend the learning process. I used a video that taught teachers how to create more engaging presentations for their students. Following the video, I created multiple choice quiz questions as a knowledge check and a free response question that required teachers to discuss how they might apply some of the techniques they had learned. I followed up the lesson by providing additional resources that provided my learners with ideas and strategies for implementing what was learned.

  11. I’ve used ed.ted.com in a flipped workshop. We’re on spring break this week so I’ll revisit it after we return next week using some you-tube poetry videos. I did like its ease of use.

  12. I used Ted-ed as a warm-up for my US History class. I found a short clip on Progressivism in the US and was able to make a quick 5 question quiz on it. Students got a crash course on the subject and came to class with a better understanding of the material we were going to cover. Definitely going to be using this in the future as either an introduction to a topic or a wrap-up of a topic. The fact that everything is in one place, and I don’t have to link the video to a Google Doc or something else, is very time-saving for me. I haven’t had a chance to search for other lessons, but can’t wait to do so. Hopefully I’ll find something useful.

  13. Thanks for the all the great feedback everyone! Looking forward to hearing more from you Laura about your group’s experience. Yes, Richard – Zaption is certainly a fun tool (we’ll get into a similar one in the Challenge in a few weeks). While Zaption and some of the other apps that do the same thing can be perfect for some applications, ed.ted.com offers a wider array of functionality. But thankfully, they’re both free and all good!

  14. I created a quick lesson with this and it was very easy to use. I think the student will also like this because it is something different. I am currently developing an online course for next fall and think this will be very useful for that.

  15. In higher education, I see the Ted-Ed tool as being a terrific means to provide supplemental material to students via the LMS without a lot of effort.

  16. I just found out about this tool a few days before the tool- a week- challenge. From what I’ve seen, I’m impressed! I’ve shared with a few teachers and we are all working on a lesson and will meet with each other the next week and talk about our experience creating the lesson. So far I really like what I see.

  17. In fact I just read the thread – ZAPTION – has an iPad App – so might direct myself to using this in the future.

  18. What an outstanding tool. Nice structure to the format of the lesson. The only pity is that there is not an appropriate iPad format for the tool to work. My middle school runs an 1-to-1 iPad program – but I guess I can book the laptops! 🙂

  19. This is a tool that I will be exploring and using more. We are expected to blend our course delivery. This will enable me to make online content more engaging. Thanks for the into.

  20. I have used this site in a flipped math class and social class environment. Easy to use and students were engaged.

  21. Great site! I love that it pulls from both TED and YouTube videos. I also use PBS Learning Media, which has over 100,000 resources (video, images, lesson plans, documents, etc.) and has tools for teachers (Lesson Builder and Storyboard) to create similar lessons to ed.ted.com from the PBS LM resource library.

    I would love the ability to take portions of the videos available on ed.ted and combine them with mixed media, so that you might have a lesson with both digital images and video…a “mash-up” of several cuts of video on a particular subject.

  22. I support tech integration in our district. I just whipped a lesson together for a teacher and was it ever easy! I will pass this on!

  23. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, I work with Pre-service Teachers, Faculty and Staff to ensure online applications met instructional need. I offer between 36 -48 IT Workshops a semester. Last semester was the first time I offere EdTed as a workshop.Ed TED lesson planning is an incredible tool! All levels of technology use proficiency find it easy to use. The TED lesson plan format lends itself to all content levels and skills. The students found the integration of media engaging and meets our State TEKS requirements for technology integration. The Deep Dive and the Quiz feature were very easy to construct. I am offering the workshop this spring. The workshop registration has exceeded the limit.

  24. I tried ed.ted.com some time ago. It was really easy to make an “interactive” video for the pupils to watch. However, I didn’t keep this website in my “web tool box”. Indeed, I wanted to find the same tool, but with a system that would allow my pupils to answer to the questions without having to create their own account.
    I’m from France, and here, if I want my pupil to create an account on a website, I have a whole lot of authorizations to ask for.

    So, I used another website last week. It is very similar: ZAPTION.COM It has more or less the same features, but the pupils can answer to the question by simply giving their name, and so, without creating an account.

    The kids liked it very much. They found it fun to watch a video and have questions that pop up and that they have to answer to. I will definively keep using it.

  25. I have used Ted.com to watch lectures or talks about education but have never used ed.ted.com. I explored the platform discovering that there is a myriad of lessons that can be worked out using different strategies and mindsets. A good example is the flipped classroom.
    The user can upload lessons or edit the available ones making this a versatile tool for busy teachers. I watched and worked out 2 whole lessons to see how the platform works. Using the lessons on http://www.ed.ted.com helps to learn visually, auditory and kinestetically. 21st century skills are also put into practice making the platform ideal for every person who wants to learn…
    The platform is not ideal for elementary students as they need strong reading and writing skills to learn online but if they are guided by their teacher or perhaps using the lesson in blended or hybrid mode in class it will be A SUCCESS!!!!

  26. It’s spring break for us, so I’ll share what I’ve already tried with ed.ted.com…
    Our faculty and students are learning about Carol Dweck’s studies on mindset and the idea of grit, so I loved Angela Lee Duckworth’s short Ted Talk. I created this ed.ted quiz about her talk (http://ed.ted.com/on/1xgK6Cat) and shared it with my students (high school, pre-AP math) and their parents at the beginning of the school year.

    It was easy to create/edit the quiz, and I love the options to “Dig Deeper” and “And Finally” to add more resources and links. I also liked that I could link the questions to specific minutes/seconds in the video. Because participants have to register for an account, not many of my students actually completed the quiz (it was not a mandatory assignment) but because of comments in class, I know more have actually watched the video.

    I look forward to seeing how others have used this resource with students and faculty!

  27. This is such a great tool! This empowers students to do do guided learning with very prompt feedback. I can easily see who has responded and if they are meeting the goals of the lesson. The lesson took me about 10 minutes to prepare and I was able to eliminate all of the photocopying that usually accompanies a math lesson by incorporating multiple choice and open questions in the think section. I found the discussion to be valuable as well for allowing students to use evidence to support their arguments.


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