Featured TED-Ed Clubs videos: Lessons from nature, global warming, landfills & overfishing

Alex O'Shaughnessy from The Lovett School's TED-Ed Club

Alex O’Shaughnessy from The Lovett School’s TED-Ed Club

One of the main goals of TED-Ed Clubs has always been to provide a platform for student ideas. In this column, we do just that by highlighting nominated videos from schools participating in TED-Ed Clubs around the world. In honor of Earth Week, we’re highlighting some environmentally friendly big ideas from our TED-Ed Club Members.

On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate


Jane Andraka has raised two remarkable sons. Luke, age 20, is studying electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. “He was always tinkering and taking things apart — wondering how they worked, wondering how they could be made better. He had ideas coming out of his brain like a firehose,” she says. Meanwhile, Jack, age 18, is a teen innovator and scientist who gained international attention when, three years ago, he created a promising method of early cancer detection. In a talk at TED2013 that’s been viewed nearly 4 million times, Jack Andraka shared the story behind the four-cent strip of paper that appears to be 400 times more sensitive in detecting pancreatic cancer than the previous standard — and that could work for ovarian and lung cancer too.

How to start a TED-Ed Club

Want to start a TED-Ed Club

TED-Ed Clubs are designed to support students ages 8-18 — all over the world. Anyone over the age of 13 can submit an application to start the process. Below, the first 3 steps to start a TED-Ed Club:

Why to start a TED-Ed Club

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TED-Ed Clubs support students in developing 21st century presentation skills — while stimulating and celebrating the creative ideas put forth by students from all over the world. Below, three reasons to start a TED-Ed Club:

Announcing the next TED-Ed Club Connect Week!


The TED-Ed Club program is all about supporting and sharing student ideas and passions. In addition to creating and sharing their TED-Ed Club videos, TED-Ed Club Members also have the opportunity to spread their ideas during TED-Ed Club Connect Week, in which students around the globe digitally connect and hash out their presentation topics. We had such a blast during our last Connect Week and we cannot wait to do it again May 11th through 15th!

Why I taught myself 20 languages — and what I learned about myself in the process


During the past few years, I’ve been referred to in the media as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot” — a word that sounds like a rare illness. In a way it is: it describes someone who speaks a particularly large number of foreign languages, someone whose all-consuming passion for words and systems can lead them to spend many long hours alone with a grammar book.

10 poems to read during National Poetry Month

Metaphors in poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, TED-Ed asked writing teachers at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to recommend their favorite poems worth sharing. Below, a short poetry reading list for TED-Ed learners of all ages.

Featured TED-Ed Clubs videos: Twins, beauty and the Internet

Grace Trahan from Acres Green Elementary School's TED-Ed Club

Grace Trahan from Acres Green Elementary School’s TED-Ed Club

One of the main goals of TED-Ed Clubs has always been to provide a platform for student ideas. In this column, we do just that by highlighting nominated videos from schools participating in TED-Ed Clubs around the world.

How do you use TED-Ed to teach science? One educator’s tips.


Nola-rae Cronan is the Dean of Students at the Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. When she’s not teaching science and health at Cranbrook, she curates the school’s TEDxWomen events. Her idea worth spreading? “Unless we, individually, are actively working to combat sexism and racism, we are part of the problem.” At TEDActive 2015, she took a break to share 3 tips for teaching science and health using TED-Ed.

Advice for young writers and designers from renowned book jacket artist Chip Kidd


Tucked into the northeast corner of the Vancouver Convention Centre, a podium was set up for the duration of TED2015. A small camera captured what happened behind it, with a panorama of Vancouver’s mountains and harbor in the distance, complete with sea planes skimming across the water. From this vantage point, classrooms around the world Skyped in to TED2015 for meet-and-greets with both new and veteran TED speakers. Second graders, middle schoolers and students applying to college came in early or stayed late after school for these Skype in the Classroom sessions, which gave the opportunity for them to ask speakers like Mark Ronson and Dan Pallotta about their personal experiences. One elementary schooler even made a very serious request to Sylvia Earle for permission to drive her submarine.

One of our favorite TED speakers, book jacket designer, Chip Kidd, spoke with a classroom in California along with one of TED’s in-house designers, Celia Berger. They had some smart tips for budding writers and designers that we thought were too good not to share.