TED


Site Name: TED

URL: http://www.ted.com/

Owner/Authorship: The Sapling Foundation, Director Chris Anderson

Type of Resource: Multimedia website with audio and visual files supported by text and text-based documents.

Description: TED is a website version of the non-profit organization directed by Chris Anderson that is dedicated to Technology, Education, and Design.  It began as a conference in 1984 and moved to the Internet when it was created.  This site contains hundreds of presentations and speeches by a wide-variety of scholars and experts on the issues of Technology, Education, and Design (TED).  These videos provide viewers with a window into the burgeoning world of technology and its effects on education and educational practices.  

Uses/Usefulness: TED would be a valuable website for educators looking to improve their instructional practices, and for those educators looking for ways to increase the use of technology in their classrooms.  The videos are not specific enough to target social studies practices, although some may deal what that subject area sparingly.  Overall, this would be a great site for teachers who are looking to implement more technology in their classrooms.  Students would not find this website as useful in their studies, but the videos contained within the website may provide them with some ideas for future technology-based educational projects.  

Quality:  The website is of outstanding quality, has countless videos and texts to support the videos, and keeps its visitors very interested with the quality, variety, and quantity of its videos.  The layout and color scheme are excellent, and it is easily navigable by visitors of the website.

Point of view/Bias: Limited - only in member-created videos.

Referral to other sources: Links to some other technology-based websites, video sites, etc.

Verifiability: Links

Currency: Updated daily.  

Accessibility: WAVE (http://wave.webaim.org/) reports 4 accessibility errors - form labels missing, image button missing alt text.