PD Session: Bringing the TED Stage to Your Classroom

Come to this session to learn how the most brilliant minds and powerful speakers can add meaning to your class, no matter the content.

2015-04-09 Alex at Domo's Sushi 004Presented by Alex Clarkson

Presenting last on October 19, 2015 as part of the Sylvania Fall Inservice Day. Next presentation to be announced!

From the ad: “By now, we’ve all heard of TED Talks, but have you brought the power of this engaging and inpiring resource into your classroom? Come to this session to learn how the most brilliant minds and powerful speakers can add meaning to your class, no matter the content.”

In this session, teachers will learn how to use the twin resources of TED Talks and TED Ed to support content in their classroom. Discussions will feature best practices in content selection, functionality of the website with student accounts, and creation of lessons through TED Ed.

Couldn’t make the session?  Get a taste of the power of TED Talks with this video from artist Neil Harbisson!

Session Materials

Alex’s Presentation

Alex’s Folder of TED Talks Assignments

TED Home Page

TED Account Support Page

TED YouTube Channel

TED Ed Home Page

TED Ed Support Page

TED Ed YouTube Channel

SDL Resource Introduction on TED Ed

PD Session: BrainPop and More!

Join Tim, Moby, Kelley and Josh for this amazing tour of fantastic internet resources that you can use in your class.

Kelley Schaaf and Josh Stedcke

Presenting last on October 19, 2015 as part of the Sylvania Fall Inservice Day. Next presentation to be announced!

From the ad: “Join Tim, Moby, Kelley, and Josh for this amazing tour of fantastic internet resources that you can use in your class.”

After this session you may feel like your BRAIN may POP, but you will have the power to DISCOVER amazing things you KHAN do in your classroom.  TALKing to your friends about all things TEDucational will also benefit you as an educator.  You will get an indepth look at internet resources like BrainPop, Khan Academy, Discovery Education, and TED talks.  Discover how you can incorporate these internet resources into your classroom to supplement your lessons in a way that your students will find enjoyable and informative.  There will be time built in for a “workshop” to explore what all these sites have to offer as well as a time for Q & A.

Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video from Josh and Kelley on BrainPop!

Session Materials

Josh and Kelley’s Google Presentation

Brainpop Link

Brainpop YouTube Channel

Discovery Education Link

Discover Education Introduction Video

Discovery Education YouTube Channel

Khan Academy Link

Khan Academy Introduction Video

TED Talks Link

TED Talks Most Popular Playlist

TED Talks Must-See Playlist

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 aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.

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