Our ESL Toolbox: TED ED

At this point, it would probably be a safe bet that you have heard of TED Talks or the TED Radio Hour. However, what a lot of educators don’t know about is the TED ED site that provides all kinds of pre-built lessons, that center around certain TED Talks, to use in the classroom. Each lesson is built around the formula of watch, think, dig deeper, and discuss.

The site: www.ed.ted.com

Traditional subject and STEM teachers: this site is aimed at you. Categories for lessons include arts, business, health, math, philosophy, science, and much more.

ESL teachers: while there are no lessons specifically for you, there are plenty of lessons that you can “re-tool” to fit your ESL classroom. For example, check out the literature and language section for some good classroom discussion and listening activities.

Additionally, you can create your own lessons to use in your classrooms and share with the community. All you have to do is find a video on YouTube, build some questions and notes about the video, and then start using it in your classroom. To get started building your own lesson, go to ed.ted.com/videos.

As always, if have any questions or comments, let us know!


By Sean Tyler Sanders, M.Ed. from ESLspot.com