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TED launches TED-Ed

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.”

With that said, TED-Ed is also accepting nominations for educators and animators to work with the new initiative (you may nominate yourself). They are also accepting suggestions for future lessons.

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.

A Peek at the Future of Digital Books?

You may remember a post on the LT blog from March that provoked the question “how do we make the e-book experience different from the experience of reading from a physical book?” According to Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis, this is what the e-book industry needs in order to survive. Who knew there would be an answer to our question so quickly!

During the same month, software developer Mike Matas of Push Pop Press demonstrated his company’s first interactive book for Apple devices, Our Choice by Al Gore. The presentation is available to watch on TED here and features Matas flipping through pages, playing videos, expanding photos and interacting with infographics all in the e-book. The quality is beautiful, and the layout is not at all like a traditional book.

To be fair, this may not be an “answer” to the question, but more of a glimpse into the possible future for e-books, and possibly even e-textbooks!