The TED-Ed Student Talks Program supports students as they discover, explore and present their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. Only educators at schools or educational organizations can submit an application. When an educator is approved, they receive access to a guidebook with activity instructions and idea journals for students.
TED-Ed Student Talks program operates on a trimester model. Applications get reviewed and approved three times a year and are given access to resources for 12 months from the approval date. Please review the application windows for 2021 below and plan ahead!
Application window 1 - CLOSED:
Opens on February 1 and closes on March 15, 2021.
Apply within this window if you wish to start your program at any point during the months of April - July 2021. You will hear back from the TED-Ed team on April 1, 2021.
Application window 2:
Opens on March 16 and closes on July 15, 2021.
Apply within this window if you wish to start your program at any point during the months of August - November 2021. You will hear back from the TED-Ed team on August 1, 2021.
Application window 3:
Opens on July 16 and closes on November 8, 2021.
Apply within this window if you wish to start your program at any point during the months of December 2021 - March 2022. You will hear back from the TED-Ed team on December 1, 2021.
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How It Works
- Gather a group of students to discuss and celebrate creative ideas.
- Use TED-Ed’s flexible curriculum as a guide and help inspire tomorrow’s TED speakers.
Implement the TED-Ed Student Talks in the following ways:
- With a group of students in an after-school setting.
- With a group of students in a class.
- As part of another youth/ed program; as a plug-in to an existing program at an educational organization.
Identify Your Passion
"What makes your heart beat faster?" The first part of the curriculum has students explore the ideas they're passionate about. By diving into activities that expand curiosity, participants will identify and discuss what matters most to them.
Choose Your Idea
"What is your big idea?" As students journey through the curriculum, they'll be challenged to identify and shape the story only they can tell. Through guided brainstorms and active peer feedback exercises, students will craft their very own TED-style talk.
"How can your idea change the world?" By the end of their cycle, students will have recorded their very own talk and uploaded it to our YouTube channel, which can then be shared with their families, friends, communities and the world.
Amplify Student Voices Globally
Students will discover and explore great ideas with new (or old) friends. They will research and develop their ideas worth sharing and learn how to present their ideas to the world in the form of TED-style talks.
Students All Over The World
Students will join a global network of tens of thousands of passionate youth in 100+ countries.
Throughout the year, participants meet each other on video calls to share and build on each other’s ideas, talk about their cultures, and have fun!
The TED Stage
TED-Ed Weekend events amplify student voices from the official TED stage, bringing together students from around the world.
Just the basics
Start the process by filling out an application. After your application is reviewed, you’ll receive an email with next steps.
This program is designed to support groups of students ages 6-18, in high school/upper level school and below.
Students discover and explore great ideas with peers and other students around the world. They'll research and develop their own "idea worth spreading" and learn how to present it in the form of a short, TED-style talk.
Students work together to discuss and celebrate creative ideas. Use TED-Ed's flexible public speaking curriculum as a guide and inspire tomorrow's TED speakers and leaders with their own Idea Journals.
Want to learn more? Dive into the details by downloading this information packet.
The TED-Ed Student Ideas program helps students claim their voices, share their ideas, and participate in a global conversation.
The program is designed to support K-12 (or equivalent) students — all over the world. Start the application process by submitting the form below. After your application is reviewed, you’ll receive an email from the TED-Ed team with next steps.