Category: TED-Ed Lessons

An animator’s take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

You can find everything you need to know to read Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein,” in this TED-Ed Lesson. But honestly, we’re just so wowed by the beautiful backgrounds in this lesson that we wanted to share some of the background [...]

The making of TED-Ed’s first 360° animation

Virtual reality is an emerging medium for artists and educators. Painting is an ancient art form; some cave paintings were made up to 40,000 years ago. In TED-Ed’s first 360° animated video, you can examine the intersection of these two [...]

5 TED-Ed Lessons about water

Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. But just why is it so important? To learn all about water and how it affects the human body, watch this playlist of original animated videos, curated just for you. [...]

Anima Mundi TED-Ed Animation Workshop: Write a ‘note to self’ and animate it

The International Animation Festival of Brazil, Anima Mundi, takes place every year in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In the 25 years since it was created by four Brazilian animators, Anima Mundi has exhibited more than 9,000 films from [...]

Your dystopian beach reading list

Maybe your beach vacation is more rocky coastline than sandy paradise. Maybe happy endings just aren’t your thing. Whatever the reason, fear not: the books below will let you stay gloomy, if you like. [Note: several of these books are [...]

Why do we knock on wood?

Chances are you’ve knocked on wood in the past month. But, really, why? Here’s one origin story: Knocking on wood is thought to come from the folklore of the ancient Indo-Europeans, or possibly people who predated them, who believed that [...]

4 TED-Ed Lessons about mental health

Depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, narcissism — these medical conditions impact millions of people around the world, yet are often misunderstood. How much do you know about the symptoms and treatments? Want to learn more about how to support a friend [...]