Registering / Logging in

1 The first time you visit the site, go to ed.ted.com and click ‘Register’. In future, you just need to click ‘Log In’

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2 Complete your details in the box (1) and click ‘Create your account’ (2). Alternatively, use your facebook profile.

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3 In future, click ‘Log In’, enter your email and password (1) and click ‘Log In’ (2).

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Creating a lesson from scratch

1 Log on and click ‘Create a Lesson’

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2 Use the search box to search for a subject. Alternatively, if you have copied the url of a particular TED talk, paste it into here.

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3 Click on the thumbnail of the video you want to base your lesson on.

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4 The video will appear as a larger image. Click ‘Launch Lesson Editor’.

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Modifying/Reusing existing lessons

1 On the home page, use the search box in the top right to search for a topic.

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2 Thumbnails of various lessons will appear. You can use the filters in 1 to narrow content by level (relates to school age, not language level), duration, etc. The filters in 2 allow you to narrow content down by subject, while those in three allow you to filter by age, popularity, etc.

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3 Click on the thumbnail of the lesson you want to use. Then click ‘Customize This Lesson’. This will create a personalized copy for you to adapt as you see fit, without affecting the original in any way.

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Setting the lesson details

Whether you create a lesson from scratch or reuse existing content, you’ll see this page when you start. Use:

(1) To decide the status of your lesson. Listed means other users can see your lesson. Allowing customization means other users can take your lesson and make their own copies. In the interests of fairness, we’d recommend setting these to Listed and Yes.

(2) Is where you can give your lesson a name.

(3) Is where you need to write a brief description of your lesson. You must type something here for TED.ed to accept it.

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If you want to include a weblink in your text, e.g. to a definition, highlight the word where you want to include the hyperlink (1), click on the link (2) and click ‘Insert link’ (3). Paste the link into the box (4) and click ‘Insert’ (5).

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The different levels of activities

On the right you’ll see a menu that outlines the possible stages of the lesson.

Watch is the introductory stage and cannot be omitted

Think is a stage where you can set multiple choice or open answer questions for students

Dig Deeper is a stage where you can share material with students, e.g. weblinks, to encourage them to consider something in more depth

Discuss is a stage where you can set up discussion forums

… And Finally allows you to leave the students with a closing thought.

The stage you are currently working on will be coloured red.

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Any stages that you don’t require for your lesson can be omitted by clicking ‘EXCLUDE’.

Think

Multiple Choice Questions

To create multiple choice questions, click ‘Think’. In the box that appears, click the + sign above ‘Multiple Choice’

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2 Type your question in the box (1). If you want to give students a hint as to the relevant moment in the video, include it in the time hint box (2) – they will see this is their first attempt at a question is wrong. Click ‘Next’ (3).

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3 Type your answers. The software insists on having a correct answer. To mark the correct answer, click on the radio button. The correct answer will be highlighted green. This can be changed at any time. When you’ve done, click ‘Next’.

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4 If you’re happy with the question, click ‘Save’ (1). To edit it, click ‘Prev’ (2). To cancel the question completely, click ‘Cancel’ (3).

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Multiple choice questions in lessons you’re customising

1 Click on the question to see it. Click Edit (1) to make changes to the question (follow the normal steps for multiple choice questions, editing the text as you wish). Click ‘Exclude’ (2) to remove the question from the student’s view. This doesn’t delete it, so you can include it again later if you wish. Click ‘Remove This Question’ (3) to delete the question completely. Click ‘Create Your Own Question’ (4) to add your own question at this stage in the lesson.

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Open Answer Questions

1 To create multiple choice questions, click ‘Think’. In the box that appears, click the + sign above ‘Open Answer’

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2 Type your question in the box (1) and click ‘Save’ (2).

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Open answer questions in lessons you’re customising

1 Click on the question to see it. Click Edit (1) to make changes to the question (follow the normal steps for open answer questions, editing the text as you wish). Click ‘Exclude’ (2) to remove the question from the student’s view. This doesn’t delete it, so you can include it again later if you wish. Click ‘Remove This Question’ (3) to delete the question completely. Click ‘Create Your Own Question’ (4) to add your own question at this stage in the lesson.

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Changing the order of questions

1 Click ‘Sort’ in the top right.

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2 Drag and drop the questions into the order you want them to appear. Click ‘Save’.

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Dig Deeper

1 Click ‘Dig Deeper’ on the menu

2 Use the text box to add any extra material you’d like students to explore. This can be particularly useful for sharing weblinks, images, etc.

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Discuss

1 Click ‘Discuss’ on the menu.

2 Click ‘Add New Discussions’.

3 Write your discussion question in the top box. Click ‘Save’. This is hidden away somewhat, so may appear as an orange sliver at the foot of the box.

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And Finally…

1 Click ‘And Finally…’

2 Use the box to share a final thought with your students. This might be instructions to think about something in preparation for the lesson. You can type up to 1000 characters and include weblinks, images, etc.

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Publishing your lesson

Before you can share your lesson with students, you need to publish it. This can be done using the ‘Publish’ button below the menu. However, before you do this, we recommend clicking ‘Preview’ (1) to see how the lesson will look from a student’s perspective. When you’re satisfied with how the lesson works, click ‘Publish’ (2).

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Sharing your lesson

As soon as you click ‘Publish’, a box will appear. Although you can share lessons via facebook, twitter, etc, and invite people via email, probably the simplest thing to do is copy the url and send it to students either via your normal email or your VLE.

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Once your lesson has been published, you can access this box at any time by going to the thumbnail of your lesson on the dashboard and clicking ‘Share’.

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Accessing student results

1 Go to the dashboard and click ‘Your Lessons’ (1). The panel on the left (2) shows you a summary of all your lessons, both draft and published. To see results from a specific lesson, click ‘Review Student Work’ (3) at the bottom of a thumbnail.

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2 On the page that loads, you will see student numbers under the title of your lesson (1). You can use the controls (2) to sort student responses either by time of response or alphabetical order of surnames. To see an individual student’s response, click ‘Review’ (3).

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3 Use the question numbers at the top to move through student responses. Multiple choice questions show the student’s response. Green shows the student responded correctly.

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Open-answer questions show the student’s response (highlighted here). To give feedback, click ‘Give feedback’. Write your response in the box that appears (1), and click ‘Give feedback’ (2). Your feedback is limited to 280 characters.

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4 To move between student responses, use the drop-down menu at the top of the page.Clicking ‘Stats’ takes you back to the full list of students.

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5 If you want to download the student’s responses for future reference, from the Stats page, click ‘Download Student Responses (CSV)’.

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6 Choose whether you want to save or open the file and click ‘OK’.

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7 Use the usual excel tools to filter responses by student or question.

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Monitoring Discussions

1 Click ‘Discuss’ (1) and ‘View discussion’ (2) to open the discussion you wish to monitor.

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2 If you wish to respond to a student comment, click ‘Respond’. Type your comment in the box that appears (1) and click ‘Respond’ (2) again.

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3 You can remove a student (or your own) response by clicking on the ‘x’ (1). There is a confirmation screen after to help you avoid doing this accidentally. Clicking on the flag (2) reports the comment to the TED.ed administrators (probably not something you’ll need to do), while clicking on the thumbs-up sign (3) shows your approval.

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