When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
This TED-Ed video helps explain how hard many people fought for the right to vote and how many U.S. citizens still can’t.
Many birds migrate thousands of miles every year. It’s a perilous journey, and an important one for the ecosystem. Of the estimated 20 billion birds that migrate south each fall, only about half return to breed in the spring.
Is it scientifically possible for humans to fly? This animated TED-ED video based on a physics lesson by Joy Lin explains just how hard that would be and why. She covers topics like the universal gas law, Newton’s Laws, force and gravity. The video looks like an animated comic strip, but packs in a lot […]
In this TED-Ed video “How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries,” Adam Savage, best known for Mythbusters fame, explains how some of the most fundamental discoveries in science came from simple and creative ideas about how to solve problems. We’re all “meat and water,” he says, and we all have the capacity to work at […]
For educators looking for new ways to introduce ideas to students, videos can be a great way to spark interest. Catlin Tucker, an English teacher in Windsor, Calif, curated her top video picks for an English classroom, which help explain complex ideas in different ways. This TED-Ed video, The Art of the Metaphor, narrated by Jane […]
Educator Jessica Wise and her cohorts have come up with a compelling Ted-Ed video on how novels throughout history have helped shape real-world events. “Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, […]
By Katrina Schwartz There’s been a lot of excitement around TED’s foray into education, bringing its inspirational video model to the classroom. TED-Ed launched the YouTube Channel with produced and animated videos about two months ago and now includes a free service that lets teachers upload any YouTube video to its polished platform. Teachers can […]