The physics of the “hardest move” in ballet (in TED-Ed GIFs)

In the third act of “Swan Lake”, the Black Swan pulls off a seemingly endless series of turns, bobbing up and down on one pointed foot and spinning around and around and around … thirty-two times. It’s one of the [...]

7 interviewing tips for video storytellers

Laurie House is a documentary filmmaker in New York and a video producer at TED. Below, she offers advice for student storytellers who want to conduct video interviews — like this — that open a window of understanding for viewers: Every interviewed someone officially? Or talked [...]

10 questions to ask your family around the table

Sometime between the first bite of turkey and the last slice of pie, it’ll happen: a lull in the dinner conversation. What will you do next? If you’re breaking bread with acquaintances, you might turn small talk into smart conversation or choose [...]

The magic of collaboration: These two teachers created #GlobalSpeedChat to promote cross-cultural understanding among students

Colleagues, mentors, friends. This is how two TED-Ed Innovative Educators — Kim Preshoff and Jennifer Hesseltine — describe each other after meeting face-to-face for the first time. Below, Kim and Jen describe what happened next: It was one year ago at TEDYouth in [...]

Editor’s checklist: 8 ways to improve your nonfiction writing in 10 minutes

Ready to improve your next blog post, school essay or how-to article? Try these self-editing tips after you write a first draft: Find the main idea + put it first. Writers frequently throw away a first paragraph on throat-clearing, explanatory [...]

What would it take to survive in space?

Prolonged space travel takes a severe toll on the human body. As we seriously consider the human species becoming space-faring, a big question stands: even if we do break free from Earth’s orbit and embark on long-duration journeys among the [...]