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Josefino Rivera, Jr.

Ideas Worth Spreading: Establishing TedEd and TEDx in Your Class and School


In a TED-Ed Club, students inquire and explore great ideas with peers, including peers from across divisions and around the world. Students will research and develop their own “idea worth spreading” and learn how to present it in the form of a short, TED-style talk.

In a TEDx Event, students deliver their TED-style talk to inspire their local community. Because TEDx Events are recorded and videos are made from their talks, their voices and ideas are amplified across the world.

This session prepares educators with the knowledge and skills to establish a TED-Ed Club and organize a TEDx Event at their school.

We’ll also discuss how this presentation style could be integrated into classroom lessons or assessments. 

Possible Outcomes

  • To understand the history of TED and its subsequent branches
  • To unpack the differences among the TED, TEDx, and TEDEd platforms
  • To articulate the benefits of school-based TEDEd Clubs and TEDx Events
  • To provide skills and resources for participants to establish their own TEDEd clubs and host their own TEDx events
  • To learn how this presentation style could be effective classroom tool

Intended Audience

Upper ES, MS, HS


Josefino has over 9 years of experience in international school settings including California, USA; Rome, Italy; Bonn, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and currently Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Josefino, TED-Ed and TEDx brought three important realms of his life together: developing student voice, sharing ideas worth spreading, and making global connections. He has organized 4 TEDxYouth events, facilitated 3 TED-Ed Clubs with students from grades 4-12, and is a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Three of his students were invited to speak on the TED Stage.

Originally from the Philippines, Josefino grew up in California and received his BA in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and MA in Education at Stanford University. When not teaching, he enjoys playing the cello, taking photos, and learning languages


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