Monday, March 12, 2012

TED-Ed: Ideas worth streaming in classrooms

TED (Ideas Worth Spreading) is teaming up with YouTube's educational channels to publish talks for classroom consumption.

Called "TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing," the initiative is currently "a dozen short videos created for high school students and life-long learners," according to curator Chris Anderson. They hope to expand the library to 100 videos by the one-year mark.

The wildly popular lecture series has featured some familiar faces: Apple's Steve Jobs, Virgin's Richard Branson and the incorrigible Dr. Dick Feynman have all taken the TED stage. In its nearly 30-year hisory, TED audiences have heard from over 2,000 lecturers on topics ranging from online anonymity to globally sustainable development.

TED-Ed plans to bring these big thinkers with their big ideas to an even bigger audience.

Anderson said TED-Ed will have "new tools to enable 'flip teaching' and [will] add various tests and other resources."

Among the dozen or so videos currently in TED-Ed's channel: "Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders" by oceanographer David Gallo, "How Pandemics Spread" by journalist Mark Honigsbaum, and "The Cockroach Beatbox" by neural engineer Greg Gage.

VIA: Ars Technica

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