Archive for month: May, 2019

Powerful life lessons from teachers, collected by their students

By training kids to interview their teachers, film them, and elicit their wisdom, Deepak Ramola is helping them gain valuable new skills and new appreciation for their elders. At a primary school in northern India, the tables have been turned [...]

Critical thinking is a 21st-century essential — here’s how to help kids learn it

If we want children to thrive in our complicated world, we need to teach them how to think, says educator Brian Oshiro. And we can do it with 4 simple questions. We all want the young people in our lives [...]

Meet the fourth cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators!

  What could education look like if every innovative voice from the classroom to the superintendent boardroom was shared and amplified globally? The fourth cohort of TED-ED Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed Team are embarking on a mission to find [...]

Rhetoric 101: The art of persuasive speech

How do you get what you want, using just your words? Aristotle set out to answer exactly that question over 2,000 years ago with a treatise on rhetoric. Below, Camille A. Langston describes the fundamentals of deliberative rhetoric and shares [...]

5 words that don’t mean what they used to mean

“Words over time have a way of just oozing around,” says linguist John McWhorter. Below, he traces the evolution of five words that have spent millennia drifting from one meaning into another: 1. Audition Shouldn’t audition mean in terms of what we otherwise expect [...]

40 brilliant idioms that can’t be translated literally

It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. TED Translators are often challenged to translate English idioms into other [...]

The language of lying (in TED-ED GIFs)

We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect them, from medieval torture devices to polygraphs, blood pressure and breathing monitors, voice stress analyzers, eye trackers, infrared [...]