Create Your Own Ted-Style Talk with Adobe Spark Video

Students create a Ted-style talk about a topic of their choice
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About This Strategy

This 2-hour strategy helps students learn how to structure an engaging and informative story, and support their message with multimedia. In this strategy, students watch Nancy Duarte’s famous TED Talk™, The Secret Structure of Great Talks, and use Adobe Spark Video to create a narration over video and photographic elements that tells a story they are passionate about. In the end, students experience what it takes to create a power story that shares ideas and messages that they are passionate about. 

Because Adobe Spark Video enables you to create dynamic visual experiences, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate the unique and imaginative  ways that stories can be created. This strategy can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Video

  • Adobe Premiere Rush

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes

Learn.

Students watch one  TED Talk™ video and can choose from optional videos based on their needs. (30 minutes)

Create.

Students create a 3- to 5-minute video using the Persuasive Story Pattern shared in Nancy Duarte’s TED Talk™ to share an idea or theme they are passionate or curious about using Adobe Spark Video. It can be inspired by a TED Talk™ they watched or by something in their own life. (60 minutes)


Students use the student steps and the rubric to guide them. They can use Ted Style Talk Student Script for more guidance and note taking and examine an example here.

Evaluate.

Students work with a partner to review and discuss their videos to prepare for their presentation. Students refine their project after this meeting. (20 minutes)

Share.

Students share their videos with their peers. Encourage students to watch in groups of 3-4 and evaluate their peer’s work using the rubric. (10 minutes)

Steps for Students

You will use Adobe Spark Video to create a "TED Style" talk video that shares an idea or topic you are passionate about to inspire others.

Because Adobe Spark Video enables you to create dynamic visual experiences, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate the unique and imaginative ways that stories can be created.

Steps:

1. Watch the following video by Nancy Duarte to identify the structures (Persuasive Story Pattern) that make communication effective. (30 minutes)

To learn more, explore these optional resources:

2. Using Adobe Spark Video, create a 3- to 5-minute video using the Persuasive Story Pattern shared in Nancy Duarte’s TED Talk™ to share an idea or theme you are passionate or curious about. It can be inspired by a TED Talk™ you watched or by something in your own life. (60 minutes)

You can use this Ted Style Talk Student Script to guide and note your thinking. 

To better understand the assignment, you can examine a sample here and review the final work product expectations in the rubric.

3. Work with a partner to review and discuss your videos to prepare for your presentation. (20 minutes)

Consider the following questions:

  • Why is this topic important to you?

  • Why should others learn more about this topic?  Why should it be important to them?

  • How can I share this story with others so that it meets the project rubric standards in an interesting way?

Based on partner feedback, edit and refine your project.

4. Share your video in your designated group as directed by your instructor. (10 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' Ted-style talk videos.