TED-Ed pairs with YouTube to create an educational video library

The nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading” has just launched a new educational YouTube library. TED-Ed’s Lessons Worth Sharing channel will aggregate original videos created in collaboration with

The nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading” has just launched a new educational YouTube library. TED-Ed’s Lessons Worth Sharing channel will aggregate original videos created in collaboration with educators from around the world.

The topics of these videos and the educators who present them will be selected from nominations from the teachers themselves, their students or anyone familiar with their work. The TED team will then connect the educator with an animation team, which will work with the educator to record and illustrate the lesson. These videos will be shorter than 10 minutes, unlike the TED Talks which run 15 minutes or longer.

The site currently has about a dozen lessons already on the YouTube channel, covering topics such as Inventions that Shaped History, Playing with Language, and How Things Work. The company hopes to add hundreds of additional videos over time.

While it is easy to compare the TED-Ed videos to the educational videos created by the Kahn Academy, the subjects seem to focus on big concepts, instead of skill development. This may change as new videos are added.   

            For more information, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation.

 

Sources:—Education Week

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2012/03/ted-ed_takes_page_from_one_of.html

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