TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," launches its anticipated education initiative today: TED-Ed.
A permanent initiative, TED-Ed harnesses the talent of the world's best teachers and visualizers, extending great lessons beyond a single classroom to anyone with internet access.
In the first stage of this initiative, TED-Ed launches a new education channel on YouTube today. It offers up original video content that marries the talent of great teachers with top animators to bring concepts like neuroscience to life in short videos, typically 5 minutes long. The channel is part of the youtube.com/edu offering – a collection of half a million educational videos – available in many schools as well as to the public online.
Through its open submission process, animators and educators from around the globe can contribute lesson plans and video reels on any topic. Select lesson submissions will be matched with chosen visualizers to create video lessons worth learning, watching, and sharing.
Although there aren’t second-language-specific videos yet, one of the four “playlists” up is “Playing with Language” - see this 9-minute video, “Legacies of who we are,” dealing with desegregation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UD0RjZdUHk&list=PLF9A468788928A351&index=2&feature=plpp_video
Read reviews about TED-Ed at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/ted-offers-free-video-lessons-for-high-school-and-college-students/2012/03/09/gIQAuw5O6R_story.html , http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/03/12/ted-launches-channel-for-education-today , and http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/introducing-ted-ed-uniting-the-worlds-great-teachers-and-animators-to-spread-lessons-beyond-the-classroom-142280635.html
TED-Ed is available at http://www.youtube.com/tededucation