Do students need TED-Ed accounts?

Last updated: Apr 12, 2017 08:39AM EDT
After you've created a lesson, you'll be given an option to either require TED-Ed accounts for all students, or to allow them to submit answers using only a nickname.

According to TED's Terms of Use, anyone 13 and over can join or by providing basic contact information (first and last name, email address, country of residence).

If you are under the age of 13, you may not create a account or use a nickname to save responses on TED-Ed lesson pages. You're welcome to watch TED-Ed lessons and enjoy the site, but you need to be at least 13 to create an account on or submit work using a nickname.

If you require TED-Ed accounts for all students: 

Each student will be prompted to create a free account when they begin work on your lesson: 

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We allow account creation either via email or via Facebook. We do not support Google accounts, and we do not offer any batch account creation options. Any questions about creating TED-Ed accounts should be sent directly to TED account support at

Your students will be able to respond to your Think questions and  post comments on discussions. You will be able to send your students feedback on their work.

If you allow students to submit answers using a nickname: 

Each student will be prompted to enter a simple nickname when they begin work on your lesson: 

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If a student is using a nickname, they will need to complete all their work in one session, since they will not be able to log back in to add to their responses. Students using nicknames can submit answers to Think questions, but they cannot participate in discussions. Responses from students using nicknames will appear normally in your lesson stats, but you cannot send feedback to students using nicknames since we do not have a way to contact them.  

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