Stephanie Lo


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TED-Ed Workshop (Continued): Please share any additional comments or questions that you did not get a chance to cover during the workshop.

Topics include: 1) What are proposed strategies for TED-Ed to reach and amplify the voices of teachers an/or students? 2) What other supplemental materials can TED-Ed provide on the platform to make it more useful?

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    Jul 2 2012: Summary of notes made during the session (in a group with Geert Hofman, Madiha Khayat, and Niki Ernst).
    1 - Strategies for TED-Ed to amplify voices of teachers and students
    Encourage collaborations through a forum for educators to share ideas / techniques and for students to give feedback.
    Use TEDx community to distribute lessons and get to a wider community, not just institutes of education.
    Translations need to be spoken - not as subtitles, so attention can be paid to the animations.
    Students can have the task of making animations for their teacher's lessons.

    2 - What other materials can be added?
    A way to create a course of lessons from the existing online lessons (a programme of study)
    - which could emerge from how the videos are used and recommended.
    To have a sequence of lessons recommended (aswell as linked lessons)
    Connect an activity to the lesson ( the 'DO' button) - students report back their findings / results.
    A place for students to ask questions, hypothesise,
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      Jul 3 2012: Thanks for sharing this, Kathy!
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      Jul 3 2012: Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm glad to see the "Do" idea gaining support from multiple people. We would all love to see TED-Ed carve a path towards Project Based Learning. Wondering if anyone has some particularly great examples of orgs, apps or other resources that are working in the Project Based Learning space?
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    Jul 1 2012: I think the big thing to look at is what inspires teachers and other educators to want to abandon their comfort zone and try something new? It must be easy, really differently interesting, fun, very understandable and bring value. All 5 of these qualities must be present. I love this idea and think we need to be careful to use one and two syllable words to ensure clarity is at our finger tips.
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    Jun 28 2012: Some suggestions...

    Have a live chat / posting capability for every lesson, so that people can see their peers online and ask and answer questions live (or post for later response).

    Have two tiers / views for each lesson, depending on whether the user has self-identified as a teacher or a student. teachers can discuss lessons with other teachers, and suggest links and other lessons to them; students likewise with their peers.

    Hook up with Coursera.
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      Jul 3 2012: Hi Julian,

      Great ideas. We're definitely interested in some sort of chat or conversation function. The post for later response idea might fit nicely with building a relationship with students/people in the community.

      Interesting idea on splitting the views between teachers and students--we'll definitely keep that in mind.

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    Jul 11 2012: Some ideas:

    About this video section
    I suggest to add some formalized info panel to the videos to provide information where the material would best fit in education (age group, subject covered: eg. science, arts, business, etc).
    The videos have to include all the required prerequisite sound bites/knowledge materials (with reference points/links) which are needed to understand the video. Use pictograms wherever possible, as they provide easy and quick understanding.

    Implement the usage of the following:
    • Cue point
    • Fast seek points
    Both are available for HTML5 videos and these subtle things can increase not just the understanding of the video but would help learners to find information much quicker and easier. For instance when they just want to surf in "bird view" to review their knowledge.

    It would be great to let us change the quiz section.

    User interactions
    We might have changed from paper to laptops but some of our behaviors are still the same. We take notes, bookmarks while learning since they give us clues to remember and ease our search as well. Therefore I suggest to include the annotation function as well. The best part of it is that with these annotations authors and teachers could have more and faster feedback about the material they created or/and used. With those feedbacks they can make the whole experience better.
    Talks have been mentioned already so I just make a mark for it: - yes it is needed.

    I predict and (wish) that soon there will be a cornucopia of videos available. To provide help for navigating through them it would be great to implement some tagging or even a quasi standard (widely adapted and well known) metadata system. LOM would be too rigid but Dublin Core can easily result that TED-ED videos will become part of search engines used by standard education platforms (of course we need to supply an API for them).

    Keep up the good work and if there is anything we can do just let us know!
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    Jul 11 2012: Sorry this is a late entry but here's our group contribution. We had more questions than answers.

    How can you incorporate different learning styles into the design? – visual vs auditory learning.

    Is there a strategy to make the learning sessions more interactive?

    How do we Incorporate peer teaching into this methodology so its not just traditional teachers?

    How does the quality of uploaded sessions get moderated?

    How do you control the accuracy of the information???
    Can it work like wiki where content can be checked by the community?

    Can there be some kind of trip advisory style comment section be added?

    Can we flip the video back to the originator with comments to fix??

    So with content be so open who owns it?

    Is there an overarching Curriculum Strategy in place? If so what is it?

    Will the programs be Scorm compatible, include Meta data, be richly indexed?

    How can you have enough animators. Is there a plan to pay the animators in the future?

    Lots of questions. Loved the session.
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    Jul 2 2012: Re Julian's suggestion; separate introduction video for students which would lead on to ideas for students. Trying to attract learner and student through the same video is difficult. Reach the students direct: schools in my experience can be a struggle to engage with. Renee's suggestion important: how to make teachers want to incorporate these ideas but meanwhile get the students engaging direct.
    Suggest age range for the lessons?
    The DO button is a great idea, and include ideas to develop for small groups of learners not just on your own.
    Speakers For Schools is a good idea in the UK bring inspiring people to talk for free into your school.
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      Jul 3 2012: We like the idea of potentially providing the grade range for the lessons at some point in the future. Do you think the content can fit multiple grade levels?
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        Jul 3 2012: Maybe put suggested grade level and students can assess whether it is appropriate for them. Some of the content can fit multiple grade levels others not so.