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TED-Ed Student Talks

The TED-Ed Student Talks program provides free, customizable activities for educators to support their students in identifying, developing and sharing their ideas with each other and the world. Apply to join our community which has educators in over 130 countries!

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Continue reading below to learn more about our program and application process.

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Why we help develop and amplify student voice

Students are filled with curious, innovative, brilliant and thoughtful ideas; we know there is a significant impact when students are not only asked about their passions and perspectives, but when they work to develop and share those ideas to a larger audience. Through this program, students develop both 21st century skills and are better prepared to advocate for the problems of today and the future.

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How the program works

The TED-Ed Student Talks program provides free, customizable activities for educators working with students ages 6-18 in a classroom, school, extra-curricular setting or youth/educational organization. When an educator’s application is approved, you receive access to a customized virtual learning platform where you will access our our guided activities and resources, which are standards-based and built on TED-Ed’s core learning principles; in addition, you will be able to connect with the TED-Ed staff and fellow educators from around the world.

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How the application process works

The TED-Ed Student Talks application is open all year round. The TED-Ed team reviews and approves applications on April 1, August 1 and December 1. Once approved, you will receive access to our customized virtual learning platform for 12 months after which you will have to re-apply to renew and continue your access.

How to apply


Choose your start date:

When you apply, you can select April 1, August 1 or December 1 as your start date to the program. Think about when you would like to start using this program with your students. Click “Apply here” to get more guidance in selecting your start date.


Submit an application

It takes 5-10 minutes to fill out our application by elaborating on your organization’s details, your role as an educator, your students, and your plans to utilize the program within your school/organization.


Check your email

After applying, you will receive an email with the status of your application and/or questions regarding your application from Once approved, you will have 12 months of access.

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Students develop 21st century skills through our activities

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Identify the elements of a great idea
Thinking curiously and critically of ideas they learn about
Research, develop, and craft their ideas into compelling, spoken narratives
Gain confidence to share ideas with their peers and community
Give and receive meaningful feedback on each other’s ideas
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Students share their big ideas with the world

Hear from a variety of student voices who shared their unique, big ideas upon completing the TED-Ed Student Talk program. Alongside our program, you will have opportunities to celebrate your own students within your community and maybe even on the TED stage!


Perfectionism: the mentor I've outgrown

TED-Ed Student Talks



What role do labels play in your life?

TED-Ed Student Talks



The ugly history of residential schools

TED-Ed Student Talks



From war to peace: a student's journey

TED-Ed Student Talks



ADHD: finding what works for me

TED-Ed Student Talks



Water is precious. Land is precious. My people are precious.

TED-Ed Student Talks



One way to create a more inclusive school

TED-Ed Student Talks



Cleaning our oceans: a big plan for a big problem

TED-Ed Student Talks



Telling my whole story: when many cultures make one voice

TED-Ed Student Talks


Frequently asked questions

Students work together to identify, develop and share their creative ideas. Use TED-Ed's free, customizable public speaking activities as a guide and to inspire tomorrow's TED speakers and leaders.

Want to learn more? Dive into the details by downloading this information packet OR take a sneak peek at our activities via the Explorations at a glance found in our Leader Guidebook.