Just last week, TED launched it’s new education initiative, TED-Ed on YouTube. For those not familiar with the organization, TED is a conference-turned-nonprofit that is well known on the internet for their 18-minute-or-less TED Talks–high quality videos of public speakers discussing “ideas worth spreading”. TED-Ed plans to zero in on education by working with teachers and animators to publish lessons, which are a fraction of the length of a TED Talk. According to their site, “TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world.”
Currently, there are 19 videos listed on the TED-Ed YouTube page. The categories include “Awesome Nature”, “How Things Work”, “Playing With Language”, “Questions No One (Yet) Knows the Answers To”, and “Inventions that Shaped History”. Fast Company reports that there has even been hints of interactive tools in the future.