2-Minute Tech Challenge #2: TED Ed

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Thank you to every teacher who gave the first 2-Minute Tech Challenge a shot. If you did not complete that one yet, have no fear–you are welcome to complete it at any time between now and the end of the challenge, March 31st.

This challenge focuses on TED Ed. Many folks are familiar with TED (technology, entertainment, and design), the series of talks that have brought some of the world best innovators and creators into the spotlight. TED Ed is spinoff of the original, and it adds some great features that make it useful as a teaching and learning tool. Watch the video for a (very) quick introduction and to learn about the challenge.

That’s it. When you’ve completed the challenge, be sure and post the link in the comments below. You’re comments or questions regarding the TED Ed resource and your thoughts on it as a teaching tool are very welcome, too.


  1. Great challenge, Randy!

    I came across this great video last week and though this was a great opportunity to flip it via TED-Ed.

    Hope you enjoy: http://ed.ted.com/on/jaSe324B

  2. Saw a very thought provoking flip that reminds us of that age old question teachers get: Why do I have to learn this and when will I ever use this in the real world. http://ed.ted.com/on/SiuG5bgI The questions were very thought provoking.

    • Randy Rodgers

      November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      That is a great one, Monique (not elementary school friendly, but great)! I think the creator of that flip asks questions that we probably don’t want to have to answer, huh?

  3. TED-Ed–very interesting. I like the short and sweetness of the visuals. I am very surprised to find a “flip” that matches my TEKS!

  4. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/michael-mitchell-a-clever-way-to-estimate-enormous-numbers

    In my AQR class, I had my class do Fermi Questions. I will definitely use this next year (and I might add in the statistics one tomorrow or next week). Thank you.

  5. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-americans-vote-on-tuesdays

    This is a video I showed elementary students the week before the national election. It prompted some great discussion on citizenship and social studies, even with our younger students!

  6. I am going to flip, Raphael’s School of Athens, YouTube video.

  7. Sharon Villalpando

    December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I watched The Power of Simple Words (among others).
    Love the humor and cultural references used to make the point. Would be great to use with the kids who want to “paraphrase” by substituting every word with a longer, more impressive synonym from Roget’s.

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