TED has just unveiled a new education website tonight, TED Ed, different from the YouTube channel with the same name that they launched last month (actually, the domain name of today’s new site is ed.ted).
This new site, using the videos from that new education initiative and perhaps other TED videos, is supposed to let teachers create interactive quizzes that can be tracked. TED appears to have been seduced by the fashionable word of the day — “flipped classroom” — and is framing these teacher-created interactives as tools that can be used in that venue. But for the majority of us who have serious reservations about the feasibility of this strategy, this kind of site can be useful in the classroom.
Unfortunately, the creating tool wasn’t working for me tonight — I’m assuming that it just has a few bugs in the system that I’m sure that TED will work out quickly.
Where the creation tool could really be a valuable learning asset, though, would be by having students take the videos and create the quizzes that, in turn, could be used by their classmates and other students. Nothing on the TED site gives even a hint that they’ve considered such an idea, but once they have fixed the creation tool I wouldn’t think there would be anything to stop a teacher from having their students register and go at it. Of course, since I can’t access that tool, I can’t be sure.
You can read more about this new site at Tech Crunch. The Atlantic also has a good article.
Chris Anderson from TED has written more about it here, as has Karl Fisch.
I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).