When Divyang Khandelwal started the first TED-Ed Club in his city, he asked for some do’s and don’ts from the experts: other TED-Ed Club Leaders! Here are a few of their tips for success:
Help Club Members uncover their ideas. “Take the time to make sure that everyone has an idea that they are truly passionate about, that is worth spreading, and that they will eventually be able to talk about for at least 2-3 minutes,” says Megan Lowe. [To help your Club Members strengthen their ideas, check out Megan’s TED-Ed Innovation Project: Sproutideas.net] “As much as public speaking is important, TED really is about spreading passions,” says Brindha Kodlapur.
Default to ‘you can’ instead of ‘you can’t’. “This club is all about letting students express their ideas and their passions,” says Mahrukh Bashir. “Don’t tell them ‘you can’t’ even if the idea is crazy, tell them ‘you can’ and you will see the magic.”
Try animating your talks. “TED-Ed provides an animation guidebook in the Club Leader resources, and it’s fun to try stop motion and other techniques,” says Aditi Puttur. “Our Club Members primarily made drawings or did stop motion. For example, instead of using Powerpoint slides for my talk, I sketched out images and projected them on a screen. Another student did a drawing time-lapse, which helped her to express her topic better. But you could also make pop-up books, use props, or do a demonstration while talking — really anything that adds variety and makes a talk more lively and interesting. Things like that can take talks to another level.”
Practice public speaking. Learning how to give a TED-style talk is just one of the benefits of joining a TED-Ed Club, notes Ridhima Behal Bharara in this blog post. To help alleviate the pressure of public speaking, Aditi Puttur recommends this great activity: “Give everyone random topics (peaches, going to Mars, education, crayons, etc… it can be serious or silly) and have them talk about their topic for 1 minute.”
Remember to collaborate, experiment, and have fun! The TED-Ed Clubs meeting format is flexible, and you can tailor it to meet the needs of your Club Members. For example, instead of working on talks individually during meetings, Kentaro T. Vadney plans to focus on being collaborative and sharing ideas. Each Club is unique, so don’t be afraid to try something new!
To learn more about TED-Ed Clubs, go here.