One family’s daily learning ritual — and their top 10 TED playlist

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Erin Freschi, a California mom who has worked in education for nearly 25 years, has a ritual with her 8-year-old son, Sawyer. At the end of each day, Freschi and her son wind down together by watching TED Talks and TED-Ed Lessons. Below, read how their learning ritual began — and check out their top 10 TED playlist:


What we know (and don’t know) about cancer

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September is #ChildhoodCancerAwareness month. Watch these four TED-Ed Lessons to get more informed about cancerous cells, how they spread and some methods people are using to fight the disease head on.


Meet the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators!

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Brazil. Indonesia. South Korea. These are just three of the 11 countries represented by the founding cohort of 28 TED-Ed Innovative Educators. [Learn more about the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program here.] As leaders within TED’s global network of over 250,000 teachers, these innovative educators are dedicated to making the world better for learners everywhere by helping people make the most of TED’s free tools for teachers and students — including TED-Ed Animated LessonsTED-Ed Clubs and the TED-Ed Platform. Throughout the year-long program, this outstanding community will connect regularly across time zones and national borders to explore, create and share idea-based innovations that spark student curiosity. Below, meet the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators as they embark on their TED-Ed innovation and leadership adventures — and learn why TED is so inspired by educators busting at the seams to innovate in big and small ways:


This is the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program

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Featured TED-Ed Club videos: New Voices from Han Chiang High School’s TED-Ed Club

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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.


Does school prepare students for the real world? This teen speaker says no

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Are teenagers today prepared for life after school? Or are American students too coddled? Windsor High School student Aliezah Hulett ponders these questions in her TED-Ed Club talk, “Preparing Students for the Real World.” During the talk, she advocates for schools to teach more real-life skills to their students, including a basic understanding of the metric system and a more realistic approach to sex education. Read on for an interview with Aliezah about the gap between what we learn in school vs. what we need in later life.


How one TED-Ed subscriber became a character in an animated lesson

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At the end of last year, TED-Ed reached an exciting milestone: 1 million YouTube subscribers. To celebrate the occasion, we put out an open call for subscribers to share a link to their favorite TED-Ed Lesson for a chance to win an animated walk-on role in one of our upcoming animations. Over 900 comments later, Christian Castillo (whose favorite lesson was ‘The hidden meanings of yin and yang’) was randomly selected for that prize. Read on to find out how our animators tackled the challenge of animating a real person, and what it’s like to see yourself as a animated character.


Why do nouns exist? A writing teacher explains.

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The word noun derives from nomen, for “name.” This useful Latin trivia tells us exactly why nouns exist: to name all the things in our world. Many of us first learned about nouns in grade school, or—depending on our age—from the TV series Schoolhouse Rock!, which defines the parts of speech with catchy ditties. The song about the noun tells us that it is “a special kind of word” (“It’s any name you ever heard”) and that it is “quite interesting” (“a person, place, or thing”).


Featured TED-Ed Club videos: Big ideas from Sparkling Mindz International’s TED-Ed Club

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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.


12 amazing facts about elephants

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In honor of World Elephant Day on August 12, we present you with 12 little-known facts about one of our favorite creatures … in GIFs, of course.