In a previous blog post, we took a look at the TED-Ed initiative where educators can find high quality videos and create customized lessons using those videos. As an alternative to choosing from the library of videos on the site, you can choose any of your favorite videos from YouTube. A number of educators are already sharing videos on YouTube, so you’ll be able to take advantage of the TED-Ed tools to create a complete lesson experience for your students.
Sign in and click on the YouTube tab on your homepage. This will allow you to search YourTube or paste in a URL that you already have. Clicking on the video’s title will open up a window in which you can preview the video. If it’s suitable for your lesson, click on “Flip This Video.”
The “Let’s Begin…” section provides you with a space to type anything you’d like within a maximum of 400 characters. This might be a description of the lesson, a question to activate prior knowledge, or links to other materials that go with the learning.
Each of the sections — Think, Dig Deeper, And Finally… — can be edited or even excluded entirely from your lesson. Once you’ve finished this customization, Preview your lesson or click on “Finish Flip.” To provide your students with a link to access the lesson, click on the gear beneath your lesson.
Keep in mind that you have two options for gathering data from students’ use of your lesson:
- Students with accounts: you’ll be able to see Lesson Stats showing each student’s performance on any questions in the Dig Deeper section.
- Students without accounts: click on the Lesson Stats link then click on “Download Student Responses (CSV)” to see an Excel spreadsheet with anonymous results of student performance.
If you’d like to look at a lesson from the student’s point of view, here’s an example of a lesson created through the use of a YouTube video featuring one of our webinars on Digital Storytelling. Keep in mind that, while this example is about an hour long, most teachers who use the flipped classroom model usually plan for videos that are under 15 minutes long.
How would you use TED-Ed as an instructional tool in your classroom?