Students and Teachers Have Ideas Worth Spreading

It’s time for the 2017 TED Conference, and neuroscientists, inventors, technologists, and performers have gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia to share their ideas worth spreading.

A group of a dozen educators are joining them, and with the staff of TED-Ed they are examining how to get more students and teachers into spreading their ideas.

TED-Ed has been around since 2011 with lessons worth sharing, combining teacher’s best lessons with voice actors and world-class animation to deliver powerful lessons that are seen by millions.  It’s a rewarding act for a teacher, who may have reached hundreds or even thousands of teachers in-person in their classes.  With TED-Ed?  Those valuable lessons can, and do, go anywhere and everywhere.  TED-Ed lessons are seen by the millions and help spread those great lessons.

Students were invited to get into the act a few years ago with the advent of TED-Ed Clubs.  Schools across the world have registered as TED-Ed Clubs and offer their students the 13 episode program, provided at no cost by TED-Ed.  Since then, thousands of students are working on developing their idea and presenting it in their school, but also sharing those videos with the world.

What TED-Ed lessons and student TED-Ed Club talks are about are ideas, presentation literacy, and critical thinking skills.  The curriculum of the TED-Ed Club is designed to help students find and develop an idea, learn presentation skills, and share their idea.  This process is exactly what is sought in the curriculum standards for nearly every state. To develop a TED talk for your club, you’ll have to learn the literacy pieces that you’re already being expected to learn.  The difference is in the format.  You get to learn how to present and research in the context of something interesting to you.  Choice is a powerful thing.

Since the work is being done to share with the world, it most typically reflects a student’s best work.

In short, TED-Ed has pieces that:  1)  cost nothing; 2) deliver a deep learning experience; 3)  are for students and teachers everywhere.

More students and teachers should be utilizing these incredible resources.   Check it out.   Learn more about TED-Ed Clubs at   You can watch the video below to see TED-Ed Clubs in action.




2 thoughts on “Students and Teachers Have Ideas Worth Spreading

  1. I haven’t gotten Principal Matters this week, is it done for the year?

    At CCHS we empower our students to advocate for themselves by asking them to address challenges first with their teacher.

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