The company is a non-profit devoted to ideas worth sharing. At ted.com, you'll find 18-minute lectures from fascinating people from around the world on topics in technology, entertainment, and design, as you would expect, plus business, science, and global issues. The lectures are taped at the annual TED conference, an invitation-only event featuring idea experts who speak for only 18 minutes each.
As you can imagine, the collection has grown significantly since 1984, and every lecture is available to you as a teacher, free. You can play them in the classroom exactly as you find them at TED, or you can customize videos on the ed.ted.com site. You can also use any of the videos other teachers have "flipped," the term the company uses for modified videos. You can also recommend an animator.
Familiarize yourself with what's available by searching the series page, which includes topics like:
- Inventions that shape history
- Math in real life
- Awesome nature
- What will you do with your life?
- Playing with language
Or search by subject. The subject page includes videos on:
- The Arts
- Business and Economics
- Design, Engineering and Technology
- Literature and Language
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
- Thinking and Learning
You can also flip any video from YouTube, a fabulous partnership.
On the landing page, there's a short and very clear video explaining how to flip a video, customizing it for your own lesson plan. You can also modify the quizzes and resources included with every video, throwing out questions you don't need, editing others, and adding your own.
Why the Term Flipping?The TED-Ed site explains that the company chose the term flipping for two reasons.
- You, as a teacher, have the ability to "flip" a video out to a wider audience, and
- You can "flip" homework by assigning videos for students to watch at home, using classroom time for other kinds of teaching.
Your Feedback is WelcomedThe staff at TED-Ed knows that flip teaching may work for some teachers and not for others. They're open to your feedback. You'll find a feedback link in the middle of the About TED-Ed page.
How else can you get involved with TED? TED Inspires Lifelong Learning
I hope you'll experiment with this opportunity and let us, too, know if it works in your classroom.