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No. 81 The Treasure Hunt Club (2012年05月09日)

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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 81
May 2012 Treasure Hunt
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Culture Studies

TED Ed, TED, and RSA Animate

Hello. You may already have heard about it since
lots of people are talking about it, but for those
who have not, TED Ed is something you need to know

Many LET members are fans of TED (Technology,
Entertainment and Design), an association that
hosts a global set of conferences. Some of the
world’s most interesting speakers have made TED
talks over the more than 20 years that the
conferences have been held, and most presentations
at conferences for the past 6 six years have been
videoed and placed on the web for anyone to view (
ted.com or search at YouTube). TED’s catchphrase
is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” And they have done a
wonderful job. Go to the site and watch any of the
“jaw-dropping” presentations to get a taste. Or
go to YouTube and search for someone along with
TED, and you’ll probably find a TED talk they’ve
done. I regularly use it to make decisions on book
purchases or just to get to know the ideas of
someone I hear a lot about.

Of course, recently there are many educational
video sites. Wikipedia has a nice list of them (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_educational_video_websites) and in a column a few months ago,
I introduced YouTube EDU.

One group that produces and publishes fantastic “
animated” versions of famous talks is RSA Animate
(http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/videos/ or search
for RSA Animate on YouTube). Sir Ken Robinson’
talk on Changing Education Paradigms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U) has been viewed
by almost 8 million people, so you may already
have seen it. But presentations by Steven Pinker
on Language as a Window into Human Nature, or Dan
Pink’s presentation titled Drive: The Surprising
Truth about What Motivates Us, are really
interesting (and fun!) to watch.

But getting back to TED, the exciting news that
was recently announced was the launch of TED Ed, a
website and a service that allows you to access
lessons based on TED talk videos. You can search
by topic and access the video, comprehension
questions, short answer questions, and further
resources for the content of the talk. But that’s
not all. You can customize that content (including,
possibly, adding explanations or questions in
Japanese…). You can then re-publish your altered
video lessons (called “flipping”) to make a new
lesson with a unique URL. But that’s not all. You
can use these tools to make lessons from any
YouTube video! It sounds like a powerful―and FREE
!―tool. You can see more, including a video tour
at http://ed.ted.com/tour. If the video is not
working at the site, you can find it at YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQDgE_eJGTM. The
case for getting schools to stop blocking YouTube
has just gotten much stronger.

That’s all for this month. See next time.