How I Use It
Because students enjoy the videos, I often use the brief videos to introduce a new topic or issue. For example, the "Comma Story" was great for discussing the importance of grammar in writing; the "Mining Literature for Deeper Meaning" was an easy transition into literary analysis. Also, the videos often inspire good discussion among students, and it's nice to get their immediate feedback in the classroom. The "Dig Deeper" resource for each topic is very useful, and I often use those in the class discussion or recommend them for students, especially those students who might need more explanation of the topic. The "Think" resource is similar to short quiz/questionnaire that tests comprehension, and for flipped classrooms, again that could be very useful for students being able to pinpoint what they understood or didn't understand.
TED Ed has many useful tools for teachers and students, especially those in the flipped classrooms. Overall, the site needs clearer labeling as well as more offerings, and I would recommend as a supplement to lessons in the traditional classroom.
When I started teaching, TED Talks (the digital video series) was just beginning to be a resource and has since become not only culturally popular but an education source as well. TED Ed, in my experience, is nearing the cusp of that development as well. As a teacher, this is a great source for introducing, expanding, or transitioning topics in the classroom. Students, as I rated above, have responded well to the short, thoughtful videos. As I've used TED Ed, I've found it an excellent supplement for lessons, but not necessarily a substitute. On the other hand, I would recommend for flipped classrooms. Students would have the ability to follow up with discussion questions and further recommended sources listed next to the video.
The website is organized well, my suggestion would be that the categories under "Lessons", like Literature and Language, need more options and perhaps better labeling. It can be tricky to find exactly what is needed, and the "Series" collection can have confusing labels like "Click Your Fortune." Also, I can imagine it could be easy for students to get distracted or off their topic when browsing the site. That being said, with more videos and better labeling, TED Ed is poised to be an engaging source for students.