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).
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!
- SpongeBob's house is not a pineapple
- How does the thyroid manage your metabolism? – Emma Bryce
- Why sitting is bad for you – Murat DalkilinÃ§
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!