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TED Ed Club Winter 2019

hosted by The Reid Academy and Event Stream Team


We’re Back!!


We are excited to hear that you are interested in our continuing to offer TED’s global student voice initiative, The TED-Ed Club. Below you will find all the details you need to confirm your participation and a further explanation of the Ted Ed Club environment, session activities, and includes the permission slip.


The Schedule

Our Club cycle will expand ideas through the following 6 weekly workshops designed to spark curiosity, focus ideas and develop great talks. Club Members will also receive guidance in body language, fluency, and presentation skills.


EXPLORATION #1 - January 24, 2019 - 7p - 9p

Get to know your fellow Club Members, start to explore ideas worth sharing, determine the qualities of a great idea and a great TED Talk


EXPLORATION #2 - January 31. 2019 - 7p - 9p

Brainstorm, choose, and identify your idea


EXPLORATION #3 - February 7, 2019 - 7p - 9p

Master the story arc: beginning, middle and end


EXPLORATION #4 - February 14, 2019 - 7p - 9p

Create visuals and begin rehearsal


EXPLORATION #5 - February 21, 2019 - 7p - 9p

Continue to rehearse and record with fellow Club Members!


EXPLORATION #6 -  February 28, 2019 - 7p - 9p

Lights…camera…sound. Dress Rehearsal


FINAL PRESENTATION - March 2, 2019 - Place/Time to be determined

Share your big idea!

Community Presentation of our TE Ed Club. Share the link!


Club Members will each need a journal, or Idea Book, to brainstorm and track the development of their ideas. Please bring drinking water in a reusable container to ask class. Please bring the permission slip with you the first day.  Each Club Member will be asked to submit a signed Student Permission form.


Sessions will meet at 302 Crain Highway, South Glen Burnie, MD 21061 at the Event Stream Team offices/media lab. The telephone number is 240-745-5267. Sessions will meet on Thursdays from 7pm until 9pm, beginning January 24, 2019. 


Convenient to major routes (From DC/VA - 295, 50) (MD 2, 3, 175, 170, 32, 97, 895, and 695). On and off street parking, shopping, sight seeing, fitness, and library facilities very near by. The Adult facilitators are Auset and Jay Reid of The Reid Academy


The Details 

  • Critically think about and discuss ideas. The signature activity of a TED-Ed Club is Club Members sharing, debating and discussing the ideas presented by each other and in TED Talks and TED-Ed Lessons. 

  • Develop and present ideas in the form of TED-style talks. The TED-Ed Clubs meeting structure is designed to support Club Members in taking influence from TED speakers, and ultimately developing and presenting big ideas based on their own passions. Club Members will also gain skills in storytelling / storyboarding, production, and visual creation that communicate their ideas clearly. 

  • Connect with other Clubs around the world. TED-Ed Clubs represent thousands of student groups from around the world actively pursuing and presenting their ideas. As a part of this global network, you’ll have opportunities to connect with Club Members around the globe to share ideas and learn from each other. 

  • Take action inspired by ideas WORTH SPREADING. As global citizens, TED-Ed Club Members are encouraged to take action after watching or discussing the ideas heard in TED Talks. This action could take the form of exploring community service, participating in political events, pursuing creative outlets (like creating animations using TED-Ed Animation Resources!), or organizing in their communities. 

  • Join a global movement committed to spreading youth ideas. TED-Ed is committed to celebrating great student ideas by sharing Club talks and stories with the world through our social media channels and on the TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel. Additionally, TED-Ed will host special TED-Ed Weekend events. During these youth gatherings, select Club Members will be invited to speak on the formal TED stage at TED Headquarters in New York City! The invited youth speakers will be selected based on uploaded videos of their final presentations: TED-Ed Club talks.  



Club Members, ages of 8-18, are students who have a passion and have something to say. Thinkers and doers. Explorers and innovators. They might be the talkative kids who can’t stay seated, or they might be the quiet kids in the back of the room. 


Throughout our club cycle, Club Members will be asked to try new things and stretch beyond their comfort zone. Our Club Leaders, will help create a safe space for: thinking boldly, giving each other constructive feedback, practicing public speaking, and actively supporting each other.


On creating a safe space

Many great talks rely on the speaker’s ability to be vulnerable, and to speak about personal experiences of failure, conflict, obstacles, and/or redemption. That’s why it’s important that our TED-Ed Club be a space where all Members feel empowered to freely discuss the things they care about most. Here are some pro tips for crafting this kind of space include:

  • Treat all voices equally: the louder and quieter ones, the visual and verbal ones, the confident and insecure ones

  • Check our assumptions: be curious first about a student’s motivations; always ask why they made a certain choice before suggesting a different one

  • Acknowledge emotions: ideas and opinions may differ, but everyone’s emotions deserve to be acknowledged

  • Practice active listening: work with students to identify the ways they feel most comfortable conveying their message

  • Model constructive feedback

  • Constructive feedback builds ability and confidence by pointing out both strengths and opportunities for improvement in a positive, solution-oriented way. Example of constructive feedback: “I like the way you used your vivid photos of Costa Rica to introduce the subject of your talk! It hooked me right away. It may also be helpful to think about pace. For example, I missed one of your key points. How might you adjust for that next time?”

  • Encourage public practice

  • Public speaking is a skill and, just like any other skill, requires practice. We will help our Club Members get in great “talk shape” by encouraging public speaking early and often in our Club cycle!

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