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Over the last two days at the conference I have noticed some recurring themes: sharing, student-centered approach, the importance of critical thinking, the use of authentic materials, and the idea of learner autonomy. And as I was listening to some of you present and mention these concepts, I realized that all of them are relevant to our topic today.
MARGARITA Welcome everybody, let’s talk about TED talks.
Let me tell you a few words about my personal experience first. I have been using TED talks in tertiary classrooms for several years now, since a student of mine sent me the link to one of the talks, which is still one of my favorites, Benjamin Zander’s “Classical Music with Shining Eyes”. Since that day, I have been a great fan of TED.
Well, we always look for ways to integrate English into our teaching and into the lives of our students. So, although Ted.com is not specifically designed for English learners, we strongly believe that it is one of the best learning tools for ESL students. I always encourage teachers to use TED talks in the classroom for a variety of reasons. Let’s just mention a couple of them: it is authentic material which provides students with the context within which the English language can be used, and to help them gain a different perspective on a variety of issues, change their attitudes and spark their minds.
Dimitris is, among others, also a Social Media Officer at TEDxThessaloniki. We met, we talked, we shared insights on a variety of issues and we realized that this cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration can give birth to/generate new ideas worth sharing today with you.
For those of you who have no idea what TED talks are, here is a brief overview.
And here Dimitris, the expert, will say a couple of words about TED. DIMITRIS Quoting from ted.com „Our organization TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Our Mission: Spread ideas TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas? TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.”
MARGARITA My dialogue with Dimitris helped me realize that my lessons do not have to look like this any more…
But they can look like this and be available online, can be shared, on the TED Ed platform. And my students, and not only, can have access to them at any time. With Dimitris’ help, we are going to go through the process of creating this kind of lesson together today, and we are going to do it from scratch.
Let’s first have a look at what the TED Ed site looks like and what purpose it serves
Dimitris – what is TED Ed
What is a flipped classroom?
What videos can be flipped?
My lesson can look like this and be available online, can be shared, on the TED Ed platform. And my students, and not only, can have access to it at any time. We are going to go through this process together, from scratch.
Here’s what’s gonna happen here today: You will watch a short TED talk of our choice, and as you watch each of you should come up with at least one multiple choice, or an open-ended question.
After the viewing, Dimitris will show you the step-by-step process of creating an online lesson, i.e. the process called flipping a lesson, starting from logging in on the TED Ed site to sharing your lesson with the students and with the whole world , and viewing your students’ results after their answers to your questions have been submitted online.
We picked Angela Lee Duckworth’s talk “The key to success - Grit” during which the speaker talks about having passion and perseverance for long term goals. ”Angela Lee Duckworth, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, studies intangible concepts such as self-control and grit to determine how they might predict both academic and professional success.” It is 6 minutes long.
AND THEN DIMITRIS GETS ONLINE, SIGNS IN TO HIS ACCOUNT, AND STARTS FLIPPING/CUSTOMIZING THE LESSON.
DIMITRIS Let’s see how it works then: 1 – sign in 2 – upload the video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8 3 – introduction (Let’s begin – here you type your lesson description “You are going to watch a talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, entitled “The key to success - Grit”), think (multiple choice or open-ended questions), dig deeper (additonal resources, project ideas), discuss, and finally (leave students with your final thoughts and something to ponder) 4 – preview 5 – finalize, share with students (you are going to type in my email address; or maybe two addresses just in case) We open the notification in my email and show them what the lesson looks like when a student opens it on his/her computer. If we have time left, we type in answers and show them in what form the results appear in the instructor’s account.
Let’s have a look at the teacher view with ss’ scores.
Time for a little bit of inspiration Before we go, we would like to show you a powerful talk by the late Rita Pierson who spent her entire life in and around the classroom. A must watch for every educator.
Rita Pierson: “Every Child Deserves a Champion”
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Teaching with TED Talks
Creating your Own Lesson with TED Ed
“Customizing" a video allows you to turn a video into a lesson that can be
assigned to students or shared more widely. You can add context, questions,
and follow-up suggestions to any video on TED-Ed or YouTube.