Unlearn the Way You Design Your Ideas (TED Ed Club Story Part 3)

It’s time to redefine how we design ideas. It’s a journey of failure and rise again.

After organizing ideas, it’s time to ‘beautify’ the ideas. I love the word ‘beautify’. This is my favorite moment in TED Ed Club, where we could ‘package’ our messy ideas with unique and creative design.

For these weeks, TED Ed Club provides guidance for students to rethink, relearn, and research the visualization.

These are the TEDx tips that we share to our students:

1. Use visual.

We live in the era of visualization. We don’t need to much and complicated sentences. What we need is simple but exciting visuals that grab people’s attention. We need to

2. Do not live in bullet point

Never use bullet point to communicate ideas.

3. Less is More

Simple image and short text is  much more meaningful than complicated paragraph and pictures. People need time to absorb our presentation so they need simple ideas.

4. Simple Slide

Pay attention to font style, color, and background. Choose simple, clear, and effective language.

5. Show Engaging Pictures

Use high resolution image that engage people to the explore the story in your presentation.

These are the tips of how to present stimulating material:


These are also 10 commandment of presentation:

When we design our presentation, we should be always consider SCORE aspect:

Simple, Clear, Original Relevant, and Enjoyable.

There two apps that I teach to my TED Ed Club:

1. eMaze

Simple but Outstanding. This is how I describe my experiences using eMaze. The High Resolution background, elegant font style and structure, and  dynamic transitions will make over your ideas into masterpiece. I love the simplicity design in emaze because it looks like power point with full power of everything.

2. Prezi

It’s prezi and crazy. Animated transition, zooming presentation, and connected media will make your ideas matter. It looks like mind map with fantastic design. It’s effectively capture people’s attention.

Visualization is Power

TED Ed Club challenge the students to think deeply on what they need to put on their presentation with these questions:

When is it useful to have visuals? When is it not useful to have visuals? What
do bad visuals look like? What do great visuals look like? How important is
consistency across visuals in your presentation?”

Create and Destroy Your Visual


We do take a look at the visuals that we created together  and think about how we might improve them (or whether you even need them). We learn to be dare to create and destroy our design at the same time. We have the opportunity make it fail and success at the same time.

Students learn that failure is a MUST PART of creativity.

Usually, many students have never thought deeply about their presentation visualization. Now, they analyze each slide design and transition. Some students are willing to destroy their presentation and make it all over again to make it better and better. I had seen many students ‘leave’ their boring presentation design and try to explore something more dynamic, engaging, and fantastic.  FAILURE is designing presentation is a MUST!  The students unlearn what does it mean to design their presentation!

I am glad that my students are willing to take risks to try something new. They changed their template and switch from emaze to Prezi amazingly. I observed some little debate and discussion happening when they design and evaluate their own silides. This is what learning supposed to be. It’s amazing to see how students grow to think deeper when designing their presentation.

Here’s the link of some students’ presentation design:

Music Genres




I will update the list soon!


Finally, TED Ed Club has created an environment where it’s not only safe to fail, but required to fail to design the BEST presentation ever. This kind of environment is crucial ingredient of effective learning because when you are required to fail, you are required to unlearn, relearn, and learn something new! This growth mindset should be cultivated in our students’ minds.

It’s time to unlearn and relearn with TED Ed Club!

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