TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. This underlying philosophy is the driving force behind all of TED’s endeavors, including the TED Conferences, TEDx, TED Books, the TED Fellows Program, and the TED Open Translation Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED-Ed is the newest of TED’s initiatives.
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.
There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community. The second type of TED-Ed lesson can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used regularly – in classrooms and homes – to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way.
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YouTube allows for millions of people around the world to discover, watch, share and learn from others and is committed to making educational content more easily accessible through its YouTube for Schools Initiative. YouTube is supporting TED-Ed as part of its YouTube Original Channels program. You can see our original content on the TED Education channel.
Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000 and currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Colorado. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee. Aaron is among the educational pioneers developing the use of video and screencasts as part of his teaching. He also helps train other educators around using video through his recently co-launched the Flipped Learning Network.
Jackie Bezos is the President and Co-Founder of the Bezos Family Foundation, which focuses on education from birth through grade 12. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation aims to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for children. At the core of the foundation’s work is a belief that rigorous, inspired learning environments will allow students to put their education into action. Bezos serves as chair of Thrive by Five, the statewide early learning initiative for Washington, as well as on the advisory boards of The Institute for Learning and Brain Science, Teach for All and Global Nomads Group.
Musician, teacher, filmmaker, and game designer, John Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. His own life story is one of a never-ending quest for harmony. In 1978, at the Richmond Community High School, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game, a hands on political simulation. The game has now been played around the world, on a four-tiered board. It’s the subject of the new film World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.
Jonathan Bergmann has spent twenty-four years as a high school teacher and was named a Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He won the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002. He is among the educational pioneers developing the use of video and screencasts as part of his teaching. Jonathan also helps train other educators around using video through his recently co-launched the Flipped Learning Network.
Sir Ken Robinson
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken Robinson led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. Sir Ken challenges the way we’re educating our children and champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
Melinda French Gates
As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda French Gates helps shape and approve foundation strategies, review results, advocate for foundation issues and set the overall direction of the organization. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In the United States, it seeks to dramatically improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them a chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy – a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. It now consists of self-paced software and, with over 1 million unique students per month, the most-used education video repository on the Internet. All video tutorials, covering everything from basic addition to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry and biology, have been made by Salman.
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