TED Education toolsHumans are now livingin the high-tech era, which comes along with the pros and cons. Because weaddict with the quick and fast way to approach everything, students’ attentionspans are getting shorter. If you ask me which will have to adapt quickly tothe changes we are going through day by day, I must have to say the educationalfield is the most important one that needs to do so. By working withtechnology, such as using mobile phones and the internet in the classroom, weactually can keep the students’ attention. We have to come up with theeffective way to do that without making them way too more distracted by those”two-edged sword”.After all, I want tointroduce to you an online platform called TED Education tools to help you checkyour students’ understandings and widen their knowledge. We will have some fun.I/ What’s TED-ED tools all about?There are tons ofteachers and also educators in the world using TED-ED tools to strike students’curiosity and evoke the inner talents to create awesome kinds of stuff, one ofis the presentation.
It is an online platform for you to add the interestingcontent to topics of the lesson in class. It also gives them the chance to joinhands in the procedure of making TED-ED lesson by selecting the videos andcreate questions.II/ How to create a TED-ED lesson?There is nothing easierthan that, just some simple steps:1. Find a video on the website: https://ed.ted.com/2. Add questions, discussion prompts, and anyadditional resources3. Share the lesson with your students4.
Track and record their progress III/ Classroom applicationA. Vivid pictures and motion to keep yourstudents engagedLet’s forget all aboutthe traditional classroom with the board, markers and the black and whiteworksheets. I suggest letting studentswatch a video in any period, or at least, one for every topic. Learning is acombination of “watching” and “doing”.If the kids are just sitting and listening in a passive way to what teacherssay, the knowledge will go nowhere but back to the teachers. Therefore, weshould let them watch the amazing infographic or real-life videos to enhancetheir knowledge, expand their vision and add a new dimension to learning. AndTED-ED gives you a trustworthy source of videos for your lesson, it does notcontain the inappropriate images and contents. Better than that, it comes withsuperbly colorful pictures and excellent motion, enough to catch students’attention in a few minutes.
What do you want more than that?B. Raising the problems and convey the messageEach lesson will comewith a problem needed to be solved or a message needed to remember. So afterwatching the video, students now can easily access the platform on TED-ED givenby their teachers to answer the questions or even create the questions to askthe other students.
Different people come with different minds, if we can makean advantage of that, we can collect the thoughts of children and some reallypretty good ideas to make the lesson better for next generation. Knowledge willjust channel into our hands. Not just create questions, we as teachers cancreate a discussion room in order to provide a space for kids to speak up theirvoices. We can add other useful additional resources for more information.C. Based on their performance to create a testThis is a little bitcomplicated.
We always create a test for our students through their performancein class and the knowledge spans we teach. But this is just the tip of theiceberg, how about some amazing ideas that students are too shy to share infront of their friends, or some hole in the knowledge that they don’t admit, ortheir ability is better than we assume. To control all that stuffs, we can seetheir progress on the online platform (we have to make it official in thecurriculum, just like the must-do homework). Based on the expansion of lessonof each class/each age group, we can modify the test to suit them best, toevoke their curiosity to find out more and more even after the test, and alsogive them the opportunities to show off their knowledge and vision.In conclusion, as ateacher, we need to make ourselves comfortable with the technology first toapply it in class smoothly. It’s a long-term strategy. And to guarantee thatstudents do not get distracted by the internet, the social media, you must setthe clear rules and learning objectives. And remember, do not let thetechnology do all the things in the class or else, you are just a machineoperator.
Although we need to break the old tradition, the two importantelements in the classroom that are teachers and students areunreplaceable. You can apply technologyin class or outside the class. Both ways are beneficial because of the extrapractice. Let’s make our minds and give the students sparkles.