TED-Ed
Student Talks

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.

If you are looking to start your group in February or March, please apply by January 31.

On February 1, we are launching a new application process! We will move to a trimester application cycle and all approved applications will receive access to resources for a year (12 month access). Here are dates for the following application cycles:

Application cycle 1:
Opens on February 1 and closes on March 15. Applications submitted during this cycle will receive approval on April 1.

Application cycle 2:
Opens on April 1 and closes on July 15. Applications submitted during this cycle will receive approval on August 1.

Application cycle 3:
Opens on August 1 and closes on November 8. Applications submitted during this cycle will receive approval on December 1.

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How It Works

  1. Gather a group of students to discuss and celebrate creative ideas.
  2. Use TED-Ed’s flexible curriculum as a guide and help inspire tomorrow’s TED speakers.
  3. 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.

Start Talking

"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.

Connect Calls

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

Want to learn more? Dive into the details by downloading this information packet.

This program is designed to support groups of students ages 6-18, in high school/upper level school and below.

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.

Start the process by filling out an application. After your application is reviewed, you’ll receive an email with next steps.

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.

Get Started

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.