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TED-Ed Clubs. Yup. TED-Ed just got better.

I’m convinced that the TED-Ed tool is one of the most under-utilized online tools ever. Where else can you incorporate sweet TED videos, YouTube videos, a variety of assessment tools, automatic scoring, flipped classroom theory, online collaboration, instant feedback to teacher and student, the power of crowds, and get it all for free?

That’s right. Nowhere else.


Step one:
Head over to TED-Ed and start using it.

Step two:
Check out their latest feature. TED-Ed Clubs.

Cause TED-Ed Clubs looks very cool.

Clubs aim to introduce a school-friendly framework that supports students in meeting regularly to discuss, pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short TED-style Talks. We hope to celebrate exceptional student ideas by potentially featuring them at the annual TEDYouth conference or TEDxYouth events.

Through TED-Ed Clubs, students — with your help — identify and research the ideas that matter to them most. And while TED-Ed Clubs offer students the opportunity to connect with other kids around about the world, the idea is also about reading, writing, and communicating. Basic Common Core kinds of stuff. Basically TED-Ed Clubs offer students a hands-on opportunity to work on 21st century storytelling and communication skills that are vital, whether they “align” with standards or not.

Seems like a great way to integrate social studies content with literacy expectations.

The TED-Ed Clubs people say that the Club is for students ages 8 to 18 and that each Club can contain up to 50 members. After signing up to run a club, you get access to a set of free materials and a hands-on orientation from the TED-Ed staff. Then you’ll lead the club through a series of 13 meetings, designed to get students to permanently wear their thinking caps. For the first three meetings, students watch TED Talks, discuss them and begin to think: what idea most captures my imagination? From there, students learn how to frame their idea and present it in a TED-style talk. In meeting 11, students give their talks in front of the club and, in the next meeting, work on editing their video. As a final step, these talks are uploaded to the TED-Ed YouTube channel — some may even be featured on the TED-Ed website.

The 50 student limit is a bit of a weird restriction, especially if you have multiple sections of students that you want to try this with. And do I have to do 13 meetings? What about 12? Or 14? Six? I’ve signed up to get the goodies. Perhaps all of this can get cleared up with during my orientation. Still . . . seems like a sweet way to encourage some high level thinking, research, collaboration, and communication skills.

A perfect companion book to go along with all of this is the Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds book by Carmine Gallo.

Find out a bit more from their promotional video.



3 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a wonderful technology!!! This really goes beyond simple technology consumption and moves into technology creation, an important 21st century skill. I can’t wait to implement this program!! Sounds like a wonderful way to differentiate instruction for the gifted students and encouraging struggling students to participate (and excel) in higher order activities.

    April 2, 2014
    • glennw #


      I’m talking with TED-Ed reps this afternoon. Excited about the possibilities – will update the post with new details!

      Good luck! Would love to hear how things go with your kids.


      April 3, 2014

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