Using Ted-Ed lessons with Moodle, we, teachers, can help teenage pupils dream big…
…reduce prejudice (pre-judgment), learn that looks aren’t everything, have the self-confidence to lead the way, and more.
I have used Moodle URL to link to a few Ted-Ed lessons that I prepared (sometimes completely on my own and sometimes based on work by fellow teachers). I have used these lessons to teach several classes at Kugel High School in Holon, Israel, and will surely use them again with others. You can access this Flipsnack digital booklet in which I have uploaded explanations and links to these Ted-Ed lessons.
Moodle allows us the flexibility to combine Moodle tools with external tools that might provide some extra value (more flexibility perhaps, a change in format so as to surprise our teen pupils with something different, just the pleasure of using another tool, etc.) To be sure, when teaching English it is possible to take up any topic and turn it into one or more lessons. It is then possible to work both on the contents and on the language (Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading; Listening, Speaking, Writing, etc.)
The use of Moodle URL to link to Ted-Ed Lessons is also one more example of how Moodle can cater to the needs of teachers who teach any given subject at school. If you teach a subject other than English as Foreign Language, check how easily you can bring content into Moodle, and organize it the way you want.
I have created this video to let you see how I have used Ted-Ed lessons with Moodle.
I believe that since I have teenagers in mind, when using these Ted-Ed lessons it is important to have a pre-watching activity in class. Pupils can then be asked to choose the Ted-Ed lesson that interests them the most. Having chosen one, they can be told to watch it at home and work on it as instructed on the Ted-Ed lesson of their choice. Follow-up activities can also be carried out in class. In other words, I favor using Moodle for Blended Learning when taking up these Ted-Ed lessons.
In Israel, online-learning technology is tested and drilled every year by the Education Ministry and schools so that pupils are prepared to keep on track with their studies in the event of a war or natural disaster. (More on this, see here). At The Six-Year Kugel High School, where I teach, we used Ted-Ed lessons with 10th-grade pupils during the drill last year. We will be doing the same during the drill this year with the ten graders who study at Kugel this year.
I have created this video to let you see how we used Ted-Ed lessons (without Moodle) during the drill last year
While I hope we never have to face an emergency that forces us to tell pupils that either a war or a Natural Disaster is no excuse for not doing their homework, I believe that it is important to help pupils learn to learn online. The drill is a learning opportunity. No less important, however, the issues of these Ted-Ed lessons are relevant to teenagers (and not only to them, indeed), and Moodle can help us deal with them. They are “Life itself” as someone might say.
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