Lead a TED-Ed professional development workshop designed for teachers, by teachers

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“Kashmir, my birthplace, has been facing political conflict for a very long time,” says Mahrukh Bashir, a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Inspired to create a more peaceful world, she began teaching English in Indonesia — and sharing global education resources with her colleagues. (So far, she has trained more than 400 Indonesian educators in how to use TED learning tools.) Want to lead a TED-Ed professional development workshop at your school? Below, download a presentation slide deck, and check out Bashir’s workshop tips.

TED-Ed professional development workshop (Option A)

Here’s a TED-Ed Prezi that you can use to give a short presentation about TED’s learning resources for teachers and students. These slides are designed to be easy to share during staff meetings, school workshops, education conferences — and anywhere else you want to shine.

TED-Ed professional development workshop (Option B)

Below is another example. There are two parts to this workshop outline: Session 1 (a 30-minute introductory session) and Session 2 (a 2-hour active learning session). Teachers need both, says Bashir. However, if calendaring a block of time proves to be frustrating, then start with just the 30-minute Session 1. Slides are up to you!

Session 1: 30 minutes

Objective: To introduce teachers to TED and TED-Ed resources.
Here’s the suggested outline for Session 1:

  • Start with an icebreaker.
  • Watch 1 or 2 short TED Talks, “so that people attending can get an idea of what TED Talks are.”
  • Watch 1 or 2 TED-Ed Lessons.
  • Share your experiences as a TED-Ed Clubs Leader, if you have led a Club.
  • Share your experiences using the TED-Ed Platform.
  • Take a quick break and then come back for Session 2.

Session 2: 2 hours

Objective: To provide teachers with hands-on training and support.
Here’s the suggested outline for Session 2:

  • Help teachers create their TED-Ed accounts.
  • Show teachers how to apply for TED-Ed Clubs.
  • Create and customize a TED-Ed Lesson together.
  • Discuss ways to use TED Talks + TED-Ed Lessons in the classroom.
  • Explore how teachers can collaborate with and support each other in using TED-Ed resources.
  • Answer last questions and wrap up.

Feel free to modify this workshop outline to meet your school’s needs! (If you do, please let us know in the comments what changes were most helpful to you.)

This article is part of the TED-Ed Innovation Project series, which highlights 25+ TED-Ed Innovation Projects designed by educators, for educators, with the support and guidance of the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program. You are welcome to share, duplicate and modify projects under this Creative Commons license to meet the needs of students and teachers. Art credit: Prezi/TED-Ed.


  1. Add this to the list of PDs I want to run! Thank you for laying this all out!

  2. Looking forward to using these tools.

  3. Anuradha Gungadeen

    to whom it may concern

    Dear sir/madam

    May I kindly know if the same practice can be applied to different countries please?

    If yes, what’s the procedure please?

    Thank you.

    Kind regards

  4. Parker Kelly

    Thank you for the flash of inspiration. I have been traveling and teaching English as well as holding workshops for local teachers, especially in classroom management and more interactive learning. I am presently semiretired and back in my own country. I have been thinking of ways to stay involved with education on a more creative plane of existence.
    With Regards and Appreciation,
    Ms. Parker Kelly

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