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Teachers, the world may not be your oyster, but it can certainly be your classroom. Distance education took a giant leap on 12th march, Monday with the launch of TED-Ed (Technology Entertainment and Design), a non-profit initiative that harnesses the talent of the world’s best teachers and visualizes taking great lessons beyond a single classroom to anyone with internet access. Here we can see how it works: Through an open submission process on the TED-Ed website, educators and animators from around the globe can contribute lesson plans and video reels on any topic. Select lesson submissions will be matched with chosen visualizers to create video lessons that will take the teaching and learning experience beyond the class room in short videos that can be anywhere from three to ten minutes long.
The TED-Ed channel will be part of the already up and running youtube education channel (youtube.com/edu) which offers a collection of half a million educational videos. Online education and distance learning concepts such as youtubes education channel and Khan Academy have been around for a while, but What sets TED-Ed apart is the eye catching animation through visualizers, professional editing, and high quality production values, and the shorter length (typically five minutes) that abbreviates what can be an hour-long class. The new teaching concept builds on the lecture format for which TED, which stands for Technology Entertainment and Design, is famous for: The annual TED conference, dedicated to ideas worth spreading hosts speakers who are have to give "the talk of their lives" in less than 18 minutes. One such speaker was Salman Khan, an online educator of sub-continental origin who was introduced at TED in 2011 by Bill Gates, who said he used videos on the Khan Academy website to teach his children. Khan was featured on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday even as TED-Ed was launched. TED executives said the TED-Ed concept will complement rather than undercut Khan, who uses an electronic blackboard and an unseen narrative format to impart lessons.TED initially considered offering an honorarium of $ 1000 per video to teachers and animators whose videos made the final cut but that proposal has been put on hold for now.
Courtesy: Times of India
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