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Build a TED Culture in Your Classroom (B236)

[Explore and create : BYOD]

Monday, June 27, 4:15–5:15 pm
CCC Mile High Ballroom 3B

favoritesLaura Grigg  favoritesJimmy Juliano  
TED talks can bridge the gap between mastering skills and applying them in the real world. Learn how to use TED's philosophy as an instructional foundation for promoting authentic integration of the Common Core State Standards while building communication, motivation and self-awareness.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have access to an educational email address so they are able to create a TED Ed account.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Communication and collaboration

Digital tote resources
Description: Our TEDx Site
Description: Presentation slide deck with links and resources.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will gain the knowledge and resources to host a TEDx event at their school. Participants will learn how to create a team of students, teachers, and community members to design and deliver a successful event. Participants will make the connection between TED and classroom curriculum. Participants will learn how to guide students through the process of developing their TEDx Talk from ideation to presentation.


1. Pre-Session: Share online resources including session slide presentation.

2. Introduction: Show video of student TED talks, activities, and an example of a mock TED event. May connect using Google Hangout or FaceTime for customized conversation.

3. Define learning objectives and goals: Connect TED’s structure and philosophy to instruction including teaching, learning, and student-led exploration.

4. Group Challenge: Participants complete a Google Form by contributing possible TED talk topics. Modeled TED-based strategy: Collaboration, decision making, finding internal motivation to communicate.

5. Allow audience to explore TED site (including TED Talk library) to establish a connection to instruction. This will include a correlation to standards, skills, strategies, and content. (Applicable Modeled TED-based strategy: Open ended questioning and categorizing/defending information.)

6. Backwards design: showcase what a live TEDxYouth event looks like (pictures and video) and explain the goals of a TEDx event.

7. Walk through lesson plans (adjustable for all ages and content areas) to help participants tailor TED strategies to their own learning environments. (Modeled TED-based strategy: Planning, time management, sharing ideas.)

8. Share steps educators can take to build their own mock-TED or TEDx event as a result of TED-based instruction. (Modeled TED-based strategy: The redefined role of the writing process, crafting effective speeches, and student-directed event planning.)

9. Group reflection on TED tools share levels of integration: TED as a classroom resource, TED Ed club, TEDx event, speech writing process, or other individual ideas. (Modeled TED-based strategy: Self and team reflection)

10. Conclusion: Share resource website and support materials and allow for further communication and exploration regarding TED as an instructional approach to teaching and learning.

Supporting research



favorites Laura Grigg, Lake Forest High School D115

Laura Grigg is an Educational Technologist and Librarian on the Leading Edge Learning Team at Lake Forest High School. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and is a Google Certified Educator with a passion for professional development, innovation in education, and lifelong learning.

favorites Jimmy Juliano, Lake Forest High School

Educator, storyteller, TED-Ed Innovative Educator, Google Certified Innovator and the primary organizer of TEDxLFHS. Find me at @jimmyjEDU and on I also writes short stories, and my work is often featured on the NoSleep Podcast. Find it on iTunes.