Resource Introduction: TED Ed

The inspiration of TED Talks comes to the classroom. TED Ed offers short, interactive lessons filled with insight, wonder, and collaboration.

What is it?

Nothing short of awesome.  You may have heard of TED Talks, those discussions from intellectual, political, business, artistic leaders about innovation and change.  TED Ed is TED’s education service, which presents digital lessons on a variety of topics as well as providing teachers with the opportunity to create their own.  Each lesson centers on an educational video and asks questions, pushes deeper thinking, and manages discussions. The time investment for students is short (10-30 minutes per lesson), but the payoff can be huge. TED Ed provides a large library of previously created and publically shared lessons to start your work if you wish.  And yes, these lessons can apply to any secondary content area. Try taking a lesson and seeing how it works!

How can I use it?

You can use the service in a basic way by adapting a previously published lesson and assigning it to your students. So, for instance, if you found a sweet lesson on life as a teen in ancient Rome (Yes, they have that), you could assign it as is or take it and modify its questions, extensions, or discussions to suit your purposes. It is your own lesson, but it comes with the super cool TED lesson video and online framework.

If you wanted to create a totally original lesson, you could use the lesson generator to develop your own. Simply link a video and then write questions, post extension links, and/or establish discussion boards. Then, watch the student interaction develop.  The service provides you with the opportunity to manage students, monitor progress, and regulate discussion.

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use TED Ed in your school. Ask them for help!

At Arbor Hills, Tony Cutway

At Southview, Melissa Tusing

At Northview, Karolynn Nowak


At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

The video below comes from Mia Nacamulli and serves as the foundation for her lesson entitled, “How Speaking Multiple Language Benefits the Brain.”  Check out the video and then open the lesson in the resource links below!

Resource Links

TED Ed Home Page

TED Ed YouTube Channel


Mia Nacamulli’s Lesson on “How Speaking Multiple Languages Benefits the Brain”

Len Bloch’s Lesson on “How to Make a Mummy”

Alex Clarkson’s Lesson from Neil Harbisson’s TED Talk (developed in ten minutes!)

TED Home Page

Author: Alexander Clarkson

After ten years of teaching English language arts at Southview High School and three years at McCord Junior High School, Alex is the first digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools. He moves from building to building helping teachers reach and engage their students through digital learning.

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