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TED-ED Site Uses Animation for Education

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TED-ED Site Uses Animation for Education

Over the past few years, TED’s thought-provoking conferences have offered a great way of sharing ideas, stories and methods of understanding our world. Now the non-profit group behind TED has launched a new website devoted to video lessons which blend animation and live-actions to help teachers and inspire students online.

A beta version of TED-Ed website went live at on Wednesday with an open invitation to teachers to use video clips from its nascent library or Google-owned YouTube for assignments. TED curator Chris Anderson introduced the website as an innovative, open platform for using video in education.

“It allows any teacher to take a video of their choice and make it the heart of a ‘lesson’ that can easily be assigned in class or as homework, complete with context, follow-up questions and further resources,” Anderson said. “By turning great lessons into vivid scholastic tools, these TED-Ed videos are designed to catalyze curiosity.”

TED-Ed’s mission is to make learning irresistible by teaming top teachers with talented animators in fun videos that entertain while imparting knowledge.

The website, which is backed by a $1.25 million commitment from U.S. department store chain Kohl’s, allows teachers to build real-world lessons around educational videos. The site is the second phase of a TED-Ed project started last month with the launch of an education channel on YouTube. Videos at logged more than 2.4 million views and attracted approximately 42,000 subscribers in the five weeks after TED launched the channel.



TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit that organizes a series of conferences dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” Speakers are given only 18 minutes to deliver “the talk of their lives.”


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