Use this Resource: TEDEd Videos & Lesson Plans

I am a sucker for non-fiction storytelling. I can (and frequently do … ) easily “lose” an hour or two going through the YouTube archives of the popular TED Talks series.

My favorite sources of info-tainment aside, though, the spin-off TEDEd project can be a great resource for educators of all types. Beyond just the recorded confrence model of the TED Talks, TEDEd videos pair up instructors with animators, resulting in smart, share-able content that explains a wide variety of concepts. (Personal favorites: Why is English so weird? Why do you almost always see two drugstores on the same block?)


TED for the classroom

These videos, usually about five minutes long, are on YouTube, meaning that you can post and embed almost anywhere — including within pages of an LMS.

With evidence that animated explainer videos work for many learners and a wide range of topics covered here, the YouTube videos are a great potential classroom resource. Adding some icing to that curiosity cake, the website also provides starting points for lessons built around the videos. You can then “flip” the lesson, adding your own information, assessment criteria and links to further resources.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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