Meaningful Video Responses

A couple of weeks ago I shared my collection of Clever Music videos on Pinterest which had a great response. This week I wanted to share an easy way to make viewing those videos – or other Youtube videos – more meaningful for your students.

By using the free online TED-ED lesson creation tool, you can take any existing video on Youtube, or on the TED talks website and turn it into a lesson by adding questions, discussion points and further reading. Because everything takes place online, students can access the lesson from any device.

You can add multiple choice questions, open-ended questions, discussion topics and reference material right next to the video.

For a quick overview of how the TED-Ed site works, take a look at their introductory video:

Lesson Options

TED-Ed provides different sections to enhance your lesson:

1. Watch

Use this section to add context or define the learning objective for students

2. Think

Use the Think section to add multiple-choice questions or add open-answer questions

3. Dig Deeper

The Dig Deeper section allows you to add links to other relevant articles and references or your own blog. You could also use it to list further reading or extra information.

4. Discuss

Add discussion points around certain aspects of your lesson.

5. Finally…

Include extra information or follow-up instructions.

Any of the sections can be included or deleted as you see fit.

How To Get Started

For a step-by-step guide to getting started with TED-Ed, take a look at the Emerging Ed Technology 3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial – Create a Video Lesson With TED-Ed

Once you have created a TED-Ed lesson, you can share the lesson link with your students. And because you are logged into the TED-Ed site you can view all your student’s responses in one place. Your video lessons can be open to the public, or unlisted which means that only people with the direct video URL will be able to access the lesson.

Ready-Made Lessons and Re-flipping Lessons

A quick way to get started with TED-Ed lessons is to explore the library of existing lessons made by others in the TED-Ed community and then use them in your own classes.

Find one you like, but the questions are not quite right for your students? TED-Ed encourages users to flip existing lessons. You can create your own version, edit the existing questions or add new ones. In the same way, you can re-flip your own lessons: create a new lesson based on the first one and adjust the questions for a different group of students.

Music Examples

1. How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

Watch the video below or view the full lesson here.

2. How To Read Music

Watch the video below or view the full lesson here.

Other Video Lesson Tools

You might also like to take a look at a couple of other online tools that allow you to do a similar thing:

Educanon is an online tool and iPad app. Ed-tech expert Andrew Douch wrote a blog post about using it in conjunction with screencasts.

Blubbr is a another option and music educator Mrs Dennis wrote a blog post comparing it with Educanon on her Music With Mrs Dennis website You can look at the way in which she uses Blubbr in this Nutcracker example.