Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Advantages of joining a TED Ed Club

I introduced the TED Ed Clubs program in my previous post. I would like tell you about the advantages of being a part of TED Ed Clubs program.  Below, I have listed the advantages of joining the TED Ed clubs for students.

1. To enhance personal growth by acquiring new skills.
  • TED Ed Clubs curriculum is designed to teach presentation literacy and public speaking skills. 
  • Students learn to draft a powerful talk, structure it and deliver it effectively.
  • Students learn basic animation and video production techniques while recording their talks.
  • Every talk by each student is uploaded on TED Ed's YouTube channel. Students will hone their skills to use online media effectively. 
2. To help students celebrate their authentic self.
  • This program is about personal passion and relevance.
  • It is not competitive rather it celebrates uniqueness of every student.
  • It emphasizes on passion-driven education. It helps students in finding their passions, interests and key values of life.
  • The course enables the students to drive on their idea themselves and inculcates independent thinking.
  • The major takeaway of this program is that the worth of your talk comes from the authenticity of your story.
3. Gives students global exposure.
  • TED Ed Clubs is a 'global program.' Students become a part of a global community of like minded people and creative problem solvers.
  • TED Ed Clubs organizes connect calls to connect classrooms of different countries to promote cultural exchanges. It helps in understanding different countries, cultures and perspectives.
  • The students can become a part of the 'Global Student Council' of TED Ed Clubs.
  • Students can apply for the TED Ed weekend event held at TED headquarters in New York, USA held twice a year.
  • A chance to be a part of the TED stage. This year, for the first time a TED Ed Club member spoke at TED 2017 held at Vancouver, Canada.
4.  An asset on the high school/ university applications.
  • TED Ed Clubs program is an excellent platform for students to express themselves creatively.
  • Their TED Ed Club talk will stand out in their high school or university applications.
5. Gives students more voice in their education.
  • TED Ed Clubs believe that the curriculum makers are the older generation. But they do not know what the students face at their level. They want to understand their needs.
  • It believes that students ideas and perspectives will define the future. It wants to help students make this world a better place.

Introducing the TED Ed Clubs program

My vision to create learning a joy and making education more relevant and well paced with the fast changing times lead me to become a TED Ed Clubs facilitator. I would like to give a brief introduction on the TED Ed Clubs program.

TED Ed Clubs is a program started by a non - profit organisation based in New York, USA. It is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks, famously known as TED talks. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. It started as a conference and got converted into an annual event in Monterery, California in 1990.

TED passionately believes that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. With this philosophy in mind and the intention of supporting teachers and sparking curiosity of learners, TED Ed was launched in 2012. TED Ed is TED's youth and education initiative. TED Ed is an award winning platform that supports learning, It has produced a growing library of educational animated videos. It has provided an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons and to help curious students around the world to bring TED to their school through TED Ed Clubs.

TED Ed Clubs is a program that supports students in discovering, exploring and presenting their idea in the form short TED - style talk. This program was started in 2014. There are over 3500 clubs in the world. Last year, the Italian government made it a part of their official curriculum as an optional subject.