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5 jobs we didn’t know existed before TEDYouth

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s something kids get asked a lot — and this deceptively simple question packs quite a punch. Even as an adult, it can often feel like there are too many amazing careers in the world to choose just one … and what about the ones we don’t even know exist yet? This year at TEDYouth, we encountered five speakers with occupations so unique that you would be hard-pressed to find them listed on anyone else’s business card.

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The science of Interstellar: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film

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Thanks to physicist Kip Thorne’s influence, the latest space-travel film Interstellar features some remarkably scientifically accurate depictions of topics that have previously been mangled by the Hollywood treatment. Here, we wrangled together five TED-Ed Lessons that can serve as a (spoiler-filled) crash course on some of the trickier science in the film.

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Cue the visuals: New Yorker cartoonist and TED-Ed animator host a TED-Ed Club Workshop

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The old adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ often rings true when it comes to crafting a presentation. Whether it’s a graph that helps your audience better understand a complicated concept or an evocative photograph that allows them to glimpse into another world, images are powerful storytelling tools (see Hans Rosling’s TED Talk The best stats you’ve ever seen for a first-rate example). As TED-Ed Club Members search for the visuals that best tell their stories, we called in The New Yorker writer and cartoonist Liza Donnelly and TED-Ed animator Jeremiah Dickey to share some helpful hints on the matter.

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TED-Ed Club Facilitator brings TEDGlobal to his students

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By Craig Zimmer, TEDxStMaryCSSchool organizer
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Pickering Ontario 

This year I was very fortunate to be sent to Rio to attend TED Global 2014. It was a dream come true, a bucket list item and something that I had always wanted to do. I was going to see over 90 amazing speakers, engage with an amazing community of people and see one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The only issue I had with attending TED Global was that I was going to have to miss my TED-Ed Club weekly meeting! It was at this point I was hit with TED-like inspiration. If I couldn’t be there for the meeting, I would bring the meeting to me.

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8 photography tips for anyone with a camera (or a camera phone)

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The key to getting great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got, whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone. Below are 8 non-technical, non-intimidating tips that I continue to refer to even after 10 years of taking pictures.

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App smashing for teachers: The power of app cross-pollination

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By Mary Jo Madda
Associate Editor, edSurge

There are thousands of apps out there, and to give you a “top ten” list would be entirely subjective and unoriginal. But the concept of app smashing? Now, there’s a novel idea.

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Why vote? TED-Ed’s election roundup

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The right to vote is lauded as one of the most important civic responsibilities a citizen can exercise. But as we inch toward election day in the United States, some of you might be wondering: Does my vote really count? How are voting districts decided? And why in the world do we always vote on Tuesdays? A group of political scientists, activists and historians explore nuanced answers to each of those questions (and more!) in this TED-Ed election roundup.

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A video that terrifies while it teaches? There’s a TED-Ed Lesson for that

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Pick your poison: Blood hungry vampires. Zombies on a mission for your tasty brain. Creepy crawlies. No matter your (fictional or real) fright of choice, TED-Ed has a lesson for all of your Halloween needs. So pick out your favorite candy (more on that later), choose a few videos, and have a very happy Halloween.

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Our newest TED-Ed Lesson was made entirely out of chalk

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When Justin Dowd worked as a food runner, he would sometimes doodle on the chalkboard in the restaurant where he worked. He might have been surprised to know then that this skill he was developing would someday win him a trip into space. We caught up with Dowd, who wrote and animated today’s TED-Ed Lesson ‘Could comets be the source of life on Earth?‘ to talk about his upcoming trip to the cosmos, the wonders of working with chalk, and a few of the most amazing scientific discoveries in recent history.

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TED-Ed launches an interactive periodic table with a video for every element

In 1864, Dimitri Mendeleev published the first periodic table that organized all the known elements in the world. This tool was groundbreaking for many reasons–including the fact that Mendeleev planned with incredible foresight, leaving space for any new elements that would be discovered beyond his time.  The history of the periodic table is fascinating, but If you’ve ever taken a chemistry class, you know that memorizing those elements and understanding their properties can be difficult! To help provide a refresher and a study aid of sorts, TED-Ed collaborated with Brady Haran, best known for his YouTube channel Numberphile and his extensive video coverage of the periodic table, to create a clickable periodic table with videos on every element.

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