Featured TED-Ed Clubs videos: Freedom of speech, A.I. and a passport with wings

Photo: Sehar Ebrahim from The Lovett School's TED-Ed Club

Photo: Sehar Ebrahim from The Lovett School’s TED-Ed Club

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.


Neal Stephenson’s writing advice for students (and everyone else)

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Neal Stephenson’s bestselling novels about science and technology have provoked readers for a generation. From Snow Crash to Seveneves, his fictional worlds pose fascinating thought experiments, such as: What would happen next… if California seceded from the United States? If nanotech and virtual reality became as “normal” as the Internet? If humanity suddenly had two years to save itself from Earth-melting asteroids?

We asked the creatively prolific Stephenson for his writing advice. Read it below.


#WomanCrushWednesday: TEDWomen Edition

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If you aren’t privy to the latest social media hashtag #WCW, it stands for Woman Crush Wednesday — a weekly opportunity to give a shoutout to one of the awesome, inspiring women in your life. At TEDWomen 2015, we asked a handful of speakers and attendees to give a quick shoutout to their girl crush of the week.


How to use TED-Ed in your chemistry classroom

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Highland Park High School teacher Gordon Williamson uses TED-Ed Lessons extensively in his chemistry classroom to catalyze conversations and supplement his curriculum. Below, a snapshot of Gordon’s favorite lessons and how he chooses to wrap them into his units.


What do teens really think about body image, beauty and bullying? 3 perspectives from around the world

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Body image, beauty and bullying. These three themes have been passionately presented by dozens of students participating in TED-Ed Clubs around the globe. When these students were asked to present an idea they felt most passionate about, many club members boldly chose to talk about how to combat negative body image, distorted images of beauty and the bullying that comes with these challenges.

Watch — but more importantly, listen — to these three inspiring perspectives on body image, beauty and bullying from teenagers around the globe.


Featured TED-Ed Club videos: Bigfoot, driving and taking a break from technology

Photo: Laura Wicklund, Vandercook Lake High School's TED-Ed Club

Photo: Laura Wicklund, Vandercook Lake High School’s TED-Ed Club

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.


10 inspiring commencement speeches about creativity and courage

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In the Venn diagram of storytelling methods, the commencement speech is part poetry, part cat poster. The best commencement speeches transcend the limitations of the genre to provide inspiration for all of us. Below, read 10 great commencement speeches by writers and artists on how to live with more creativity and courage.


Inside the world’s best kindergarten

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At Fuji Kindergarten outside Tokyo, kids make the most of a magical environment designed just for them. The roof of their oval-shaped school, designed by Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects, is an endless playground, and trees grow right through classrooms.

So how do you build to let children be children? Says Takaharu Tezuka (TED Talk: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen): Think like a kid. He was inspired by his own daughter and son, now twelve and nine, who he says “have become a part of his body.” As they grew up, their habits and desires became his, and in designing his school with his wife, Yui, he only needed to channel them to know what to build. Explore the school and dive into Daddy and Mommy Tezuka’s kid-centered design thinking.


Featured TED-Ed Club videos: Making and baking, dyslexia and expectations

Photo: Vishmi Liyanage from North Metropolitan PEAC's TED-Ed Club

Photo: Vishmi Liyanage from North Metropolitan PEAC’s TED-Ed Club

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.


10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom

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Education expert Sir Ken Robinson notes that in the factories of the 20th century, creativity was not valued. Yet in the startups of the 21st century, it’s critical for success. What can teachers do — right now — to prepare students for the world of the future? Below, 10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom: