One student’s advice: Watch more TED-Ed Lessons in high school

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Abike Sonubi is a first-year student at Wesleyan University. This summer, she interned at the TED office. “I wish I’d watched more videos like TED-Ed Lessons while I was in high school,” she says. Below, she explains why.

Top 5 TED-Ed Lessons of all time

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Videos like PBS Ideas, Vsauce and ours are designed to spark curiosity about ideas — from music to math to how sugar affects your brain. What ideas will you explore today? To inspire you, here’s an animated video playlist of the 5 most popular TED-Ed Lessons of all time.

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you give a talk

  • 8 October 2015 // Kate Torgovnick and Emily Ludolph
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The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space and for our speaker coaches to give last advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best on stage. Below, longtime TED speaker coach Gina Barnett shares 11 helpful tips:

How 3 animators interpreted the same Whitman poem in different ways


One of the most amazing things about poetry is its seemingly infinite capacity for interpretation. To illustrate that fact, TED-Ed launched a great poetic experiment. We gave one Walt Whitman poem to three of our in-house animators, and asked them to interpret it using three different styles of animation. They were each given a recording of the text to work from, which was supplied by three local poets who also interpreted the text using their voices. The result? A stunning video that breathes three very different lives into Walt Whitman’s timeless poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.” We caught up with animators Jeremiah Dickey, Lisa LaBracio and Biljana Labovic to discuss the process and gather their impressions of the final video.

IT’S TIME: Connect Week is Here!



If you’re involved in the TED-Ed Club program, chances are good that you’re pretty passionate about celebrating and amplifying the voices and ideas of students. TED-Ed Club members will spend their year creating and sharing their inspired and inspiring TED-Ed Club videos. What better way to kick off the inspiration cycle than by connecting and brainstorming with other TED-Ed Clubbers from around the world!?

TED-Ed Club Connect Week is your chance to digitally connect with students and educators around the globe to share what’s got you excited for the upcoming club cycle and start to hash out presentation topic ideas. Our last Connect Week was a highlight for the year, and we’re thrilled to bring it back in an even bigger and better way this October 19-23!

How telling stories can transform a classroom


Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years now. “Even the best kids can be horrible sometimes. It’s a jungle in middle school.”

The law of the jungle, however, can change. Caitlyn’s story illustrates what can happen when students and teachers take the time to listen to each other’s stories.

4 species on the verge of extinction, animated by high school students


As part of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the TED-Ed Animation team recently spent a day creating animation with 16 high school students in Ottawa, Canada. The goal? Use stop-motion to animate four of the most critically endangered animals on our planet. In the workshop, we led the students through the production process from start to finish: We researched the animals, designed and storyboarded a short animation of their habitats and that which threatens them, and then used cut-out animation to bring them to life. Check out the incredible results below.

Perfect your punctuation: 4 TED-ED Lessons on commas, semicolons and more


Let’s face it: Punctuation is hard. Even the most seasoned writers can get tripped up on the rules. Should that comma really be there, or is it just taking up space? Should this apostrophe go before or after the S? Where in the world does the semicolon go? Luckily, TED-Ed has gathered four lessons to help you perfect your punctuation.

The science of ‘The Martian’: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film


The Martian stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut — and Mars as the red planet of doom. Can our hero survive life on Mars? Can NASA find a way to bring him home? To help you better understand the film — and the scifi novel that came first — we’ve picked 5 TED-Ed Lessons that explore some key Martian life skills.

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers


What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.