Monday, November 14, 2016

Making your own Ted-Ed lessons to introduce a topic or for remediation

I never knew how easy it was to create a lesson using the Ted-Ed interface until I had to do one as an assignment as a Ted-Ed Innovative Educator. For homework, I had to make up a lesson on anything I wanted to. The first one I created was about the Monty Hall Problem. I uploaded the video from the movie 21 and then easily added multiple choice and open-ended questions. There was even a place to input the time of the video that students could go back to rewatch as they were answering a question. 
Here is my Ted-Ed Lesson on the Monty Hall Problem - click on the link to the left, as below it's only a picture.

Here is how you build a lesson - it is super easy!

  • Go to and create a username and password.
  • Click on "Create a Lesson"
  • Paste in a video url that is already on the web or one you made and uploaded to YouTube.
  • Tell what the video is about in the area that says "Let's Begin"
  • Enter questions in the Think category (multiple choice or free response).
  • Under Dig Deeper, you can add links that you want students to investigate further
  • Under Discuss, you can add a question that is open-ended that all will answer (note: here, everyone can see everyone else's answers and students will have 15 minutes to edit.)
  • Under ...And Finally, you can add whatever you would like. For 21, I added an extra question that was an extension to the Monty Hall Problem. 
You can choose to exclude any of the categories as well. 

I have a student who needed community service hours for math club, so I had her show how to solve a synthetic division problem with complex numbers on Explain Everything, and I assigned it as a Ted-Ed Lesson to my students. They really liked it, and they did really well on their quiz, so I am happy they had the lesson to refer back to as necessary. Here is the link to the lesson below. 

Finally, you may want to look through the Ted-Ed lessons yourself, as you can use one and tailor it to your needs. 

Please share if you have created a Ted-Ed lesson!

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