TED-Ed Platform for Creating Interactive Lessons

TED-Ed is a “lesson creator” platform that aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world. It allows you to organize an assignment around a video and evaluate student interaction with the material.

TED-Ed Platform for Creating Interactive Lessons
TED-Ed Platform for Creating Interactive Lessons

Creating Interactive Lessons Using Ted-Ed Platform


 What is TED-Ed?

The TED Network is a periodic forum in which elites of professionals, hobbyists, creative people and those with successful experiences lecture with the aim of spreading their creative ideas and visions to the world.

TED-Ed is a “lesson creator” platform that aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world. 

The TED-Ed platform now includes more than 80,000 sections and lessons, and more than 2.5 million questions, in various disciplines such as arts, business, engineering, technology, health, mathematics, psychology and many others.

In 2012, the TED-Ed platform was launched as a sub-platform of the TED parent network with the aim of expanding its services and benefiting the educational field.

The Ted-Ed platform offers a library of more than 1000 lessons in an interactive video template in various fields. These videos are characterized by excellent creative output and sober scientific content as they are subject to a careful examination of the facts as part of their production process, which makes it a unique network when compared to other video publishing platforms. 

 The site also provides teachers and hobbyists with a number of tools that enable them to design interactive educational lessons based on video clips developed through the site or brought from YouTube and the active interaction between teacher and student.

The interactive lessons presented on the Ted-Ed platform follow a fixed design framework comprising four parts as follows:

Watch: It contains the video that provides scientific content, and it can be retrieved from the videos included on the platform or by bringing a video from YouTube.

Think: Contains questions about the video topic in one of two formats, multiple choice or open question.

Dig Deeper: Provides additional resources on the topic of the lesson.

Discuss: A discussion platform where discussion sessions can be opened in which students engage in enriching discussions on the topic of the video.


The TED-Ed platform also provides additional tools for monitoring student performance. The number of times each student has viewed the video and the scores he obtained in Think Section questions can be extracted from an Excel file.

One of the unique features of the platform is that it enables the teacher to reuse the lessons designed and stored in their rules, not only by re-publishing them, but the teacher can edit any of the four sections in a manner that suits his goals.

The platform also shows high flexibility in registration, whether for the teacher or the student, as the student can log in, watch interactive videos, and answer questions without the need to create an account.

How to create a TED-Ed account

The TED-Ed platform does not differ from other educational platforms much in the procedures for creating an account, as it begins with a request to determine the type of account (teacher or student).  Then the other routine procedures are completed.

First step: Determine the type of account.

Second step: Enter the email address, followed by the password, then the first and last name.

Here it is worth noting the flexibility of the website design with regard to registration tasks, as it is limited to the basic data shown above only. In addition to that, the site enables the teacher to publish his lesson and invite students to do it without the need to create an account by students but is limited to requesting the student's first and last name in order to be placed in the evaluation records.

How to create TED-Ed Lessons

The TED-Ed platform organizes work within a fixed framework in which the teacher passes through six steps to complete the contents of the interactive lesson, and according to the design scheme, the first section begins with a presentation (Let’s Begin), where it is used to present the goals expected to be achieved by the student.

This is consistent with educational research that emphasizes the importance of presenting goals at the beginning of the activities presented to the learner, as this has a positive impact on directing his behavior in a way that supports learning.

The second section: The lesson depends on the platform in its educational content on only one video that is inserted from the site's library or brought from YouTube and placed in the section (- Watch).

The third section (Think): It is to create questions related to the lesson through two formats: a multiple-choice or an open question, and it is recommended here to add questions of an analytical nature that prompt the student to analyze the information in the video to find the correct answer.

The fourth section (Dig Deeper): It is to add enrichment materials that will provide the student with additional resources for the topic being studied, such as infographics that summarize the proposed topic or a video link that provides an additional explanation for one of the sections of the lesson.

The fifth section (Discuss): It is to open discussion panels on the topic of the added video. The section is closely aligned with recent trends in education, as many contemporary types of research emphasize the necessity of dialogue as a source of learning and building knowledge.

Section Six (And Finally): through which a summary of the lesson and a final message are presented.

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