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Is it actually ironic? 3 TED-Ed Lessons on irony

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How many times have you heard the phrase “That’s so ironic,” and wondered, “Wait … is it?” The term is used a lot in our cultural vocabulary and often incorrectly. In response to this confusion, TED-Ed Educator Christopher Warner wanted to set the record straight: What is irony? How is it used in everyday language or as a dramatic device? Is rain on your wedding day truly ironic? And why is irony so prevalent and useful? Focusing on three types of irony (situational, dramatic, verbal), Christopher Warner pieces together what is truly ironic.

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4 TED-Ed Lessons to watch on Constitution Day

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On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine men emerged from the last meeting of the Constitutional Convention, having signed the US Constitution — a document that had been debated behind closed doors in the sweltering heat, shrouded by secrecy. On the 227th anniversary of that day, check out these 4 TED-Ed Lessons that investigate the history and content of this iconic document.

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How to teach a young introvert


Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.

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5 TED speakers and their TED-Ed Lessons


Many TED Speakers are known for delivering engaging and insightful talks that can broaden your perspective or teach you something you didn’t know. Some of these speakers have also shared their expertise in short, animated TED-Ed Lessons that teach us something a little extra — a more detailed look at a process, a fascinating fact that we didn’t know or a lesson that might be taught in school. Check out this list of some of our favorite TED Speakers’ Talks paired with their TED-ED Lessons to help you learn just a little bit more about each subject area!

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School’s back! TED-Ed staff’s favorite back to school traditions


Whether you’re a nervous student entering elementary school for the the first time or a veteran educator who has been teaching for decades, the first day back to school after summer break is always an adventure. In honor of all those schools heading back into session this month, we asked TED-Ed staff members to recount their favorite back to school ritual and to share an animated GIF that best describes the range of emotions they felt as they packed up for their first day back in class.

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5 TED-Ed Lessons to use in your American History classroom


Carla Staffa, Burnsville Senior High School American history teacher (and all-around rockstar), uses TED-Ed Lessons in her classroom to supplement her curriculum, start conversation and spark curiosity. We caught up with Carla to find out which lessons she uses the most and what she hopes her students take away from each one.

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CERN scientists simplify space-time in 3 short videos

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Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts and mash them together. Space-time is a pretty confounding subject to wrap one’s head around, though, so we asked CERN scientists (and all-around super nerds) Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie to break it down for us. Below, the full three-part series, complete with black holes, space-time diagrams and a load of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff.

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TED-Ed Club Facilitator on student individuality, academic freedom and global connection


As we round out our first semester of TED-Ed Clubs, we wanted to know the answer to one big question: how are they going? So the TED-Ed Blog invited facilitators to share their experiences in this column, “TED-Ed Club Facilitators in the Field.” Below, thoughts from Jimmy Juliano, a teacher at Daniel Wright Junior High School who ran his first TED-Ed Club last spring. Look for more updates like this one in the weeks to follow.

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What makes a hero? 3 TED-Ed Lessons about fiction’s finest figures


The hero is one of our most ancient and beloved literary character types. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, from the classic, godlike Beowulf to the modern, more human Katniss Everdeen. Be they epic, tragic, romantic (or even an anti-hero), these characters can tell us a lot about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Check out these three TED-Ed Lessons that investigate the history and breadth of heroism, and ponder the question: what makes a hero … a hero?

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6-time TED Speaker gives presentation advice at TED-Ed Club Workshop

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Does public speaking make you anxious? If the mere thought of giving a presentation makes your hands sweat and your heart rate increase, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many TED Speakers have stage fright — and some have even come up with a few tricks on how you might tackle it. In this TED-Ed Club Workshop, six-time TED Speaker Rives provides a few tips, tricks and cheats on preparing a presentation for those TED-Ed Club Members who are about to present their own big ideas for the first time.

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