Most of us are familiar with the
TED family of products. We have probably listened to a TEDx Talk or maybe
attended a TED Conference. The TED philosophy is that “ideas have the power to
change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world” (TED, n.d.) and their TED
Ed platform provides an elegant space for students and educators to contribute
to that mission.
TED Ed is a platform for students
and educators to share ideas and content. The platform provides a library of short
animated videos about educational content around which educators can create
their own interactive lessons. For example, if there is a video on the digestive
system of the human body, the instructor can create her own quiz, add a
discussion thread, or post additional resources for students. Students and educators can also contribute
their own content to the platform and share their ideas with the world.
TED Ed can be used for young students and for adults. The existing content is wide ranging so students and educators can likely find level-appropriate content about the subject in which they are interested. If not, they can create their own and add it to the library and share with others!
To put it simply, Quizlet is an app
through which students can study content. However, that simplifies the app unnecessarily.
Quizlet is a powerful, customizable tool that supports learning using principles
of cognitive science. The app allows students (or teachers) to create their own
quizzes, flashcards, games, and diagrams using their own content or shared
content. Students can quickly and easily build their own quiz or study aids
using the content they are currently studying in class. Or, students can search
for a topic among the thousands on the site and find study aids created by
others on the same topic. Students can even customize the content created by
someone else! One of the strengths of this app is its ability to customize the delivery
format to a user’s preference. If students prefer flashcards, the content can
be generated into flashcards. If students prefer diagrams, the content can be
placed in a diagram.
Quizlet can be used for all ages
and all content. For adults, this app could be used in a work-training
situation or in a college classroom. One example might be students in a physical
therapy program studying the medical terms for body movements.
Experts in educational technology contend there are many
exciting advancements in the field of educational technology that could change
the way students learn. Four areas of note for the near future are: