Category: TED-Ed Innovative Educators

This educator wants you to teach more girls about computer science. Are you in?

Silicon Valley tech executives aren’t the only ones struggling to close the gender and diversity gap in computer science. Education leaders must also work to shift the paradigm around STEM education. If you agree, click the button below to show your support! [...]

A STEM competition that connects urban planners with next-generation thinkers: students!

BIO Natalie Coleman is a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, a US military veteran, and a K-8 administrator in Illinois. As the Science and Social Science Coordinator for Joliet Public Schools District 86, Natalie enjoys training teachers in best practices for 21st-century [...]

A board game design project for kids

BIO Pen-Pen Chen, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a bilingual speech and language pathologist at PS 503 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and a speech evaluator on the Central Speech Evaluation Team in the NYC Department of Education. She is also an [...]

20+ ways to teach STEM for less than 30 cents per student

BIO “Growing up, my parents never abandoned an opportunity to teach me about different cultures and ideologies,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Alicia C. Lane. “But it was my exploration-focused hometown of Huntsville, Alabama — also known as ‘Rocket City’ — that [...]

10 tips for talking about news, politics and current events in schools

In schools everywhere, students are deeply affected by current events. Certain policy changes and related commentary can cause children to experience fear, confusion and anxiety. For example, some kids might fear deportation. Others might be upset about hurtful generalizations they [...]

I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared

Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom structure: “Johnsonville.” Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after [...]

Should every kid learn to love computer science?

The short answer is yes. Here’s why. In the Lego Movie, the protagonists are “master builders” — enlightened blockheads with a superior understanding of how the tiny pieces of their plastic world fit together. This special knowledge allows our mini [...]