TED videos have always been great for kids. We’ve been viewing talks as a family for years, enjoying insights into different ways of thinking. With TED-Ed videos, you can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube. The featured lessons are mostly from professional educators and professional animators. While not every professional educator is likely to create content of interest to project-based, child-led learning, the TED-Ed videos are different. They’re thoughtfully presented and beautifully animated. The short videos are less than ten minutes long and share specific knowledge followed by a short quiz.
So, will homeschoolers, unschoolers, and other out-of-the box learners find value with TED-Ed? We plan to find out. Although the TED-Ed website is now educator-focused, we’re betting self-motivated learners will dig into the content and explore deeply and enjoyably. Hopefully, TED will invite subject matter experts to share lessons, too. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Google’s Sergey Brin created a lesson on how a search engine works?
We’d like to see the TED-Ed portal ‘flipped’ a bit to be more learner-welcoming. Actually, as homeschoolers or unschoolers who are self-motivated learners, why not submit your own lessons? Why not grab a few of your favorite YouTube videos and, with the help of your children, create lessons around the videos to share with the world? The new TED-Ed platform makes it easy.
By Gina Clifford
Gina Clifford is the founder and publisher for SpottyBanana. She is a child-led, project-based learning advocate, an online communications manager for a Fortune 500 company, and a TEDx Organizer. Gina enjoys sharing resources, ideas, news, and voices that prompt readers to ‘think differently’ about education and learning.