I’ve been wondering who would get to this first. There’s a world full of brilliant educators out there and someone needs to help them unleash their genius upon the rest of us.
Luckily, TED-Ed is making big steps towards making YOU the next Sal Khan. In related news, check out the new Khan Academy iPad app here.
So what has TED done to empower teachers? They just launched a YouTube education channel called TED-Ed. It’s made up of quick video lessons that have been refined by TED’s animators and production team. Here’s how it works:
You submit a lesson you’d like to feature on TED-Ed. They review it and get in touch with you. You then work with TED to refine the lesson and make it as powerful as possible. TED then unleashes their team of animators and producers to make your video lesson as compelling as possible.
It’s going to be like Khan Academy on steroids.
But don’t worry. TED is doing this for the right reasons and has a terrific set of goals. TED’s Chris Anderson has a terrific behind-the-scenes look at the impetus for TED-Ed and the niche it’s expected to occupy.
While TED-Ed is essentially nuggets of information and not full-length lessons, it’s a great step toward enabling even more people to learn in their spare time online. So rather than checking out the latest cute cat video, browse over to the new TED-Ed and get your learn on. Then submit your lesson to get your name in digital lights. You can suggest a lesson, an educator, or an animator too. Good luck!
FYI: The new site that features the animated lessons is expected to launch in late April. The new YouTube channel is live now though.
Take a peak at this TED-Ed talk by David Gallo, to see what the animation is going to look like in upcoming productions by the folks over at TED-Ed: