Archive for month: March, 2017

8 fun facts about bees (in TED-Ed GIFs)

How much do you know about the tiny, mighty bees? Here are 8 facts worth learning about our formidable friends: 1. Bees make our surroundings beautiful. In addition to pollinating our crops, bees are responsible for pollinating all of the things [...]

Turn your classroom into a citizen science lab with GlobalXplorer

“Citizen science” projects can boost student engagement by giving kids the opportunity to help solve real-world problems, in fields ranging from archaeology to zoology. One citizen science option that we recommend is GlobalXplorer, a new platform launched by archaeologist (and [...]

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 [...]

A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere

Kim Preshoff is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of science teachers in her community. With more than 25 years of classroom experience, she’s an expert at how to use the force of curiosity to keep kids engaged and learning. For her TED-Ed Innovation [...]

The neuroscience of Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go is a free, location-based, augmented reality game — but why is it so popular? To understand, let’s look at the neuroscience behind Pokémon Go. Here are 4 ideas that can explain how it became such a phenomenon: 1. The [...]

What’s the difference between a scientific law and theory? (in TED-Ed GIFs)

Chat with a friend about an established scientific theory, and she might reply, “Well, that’s just a theory.” But a conversation about an established scientific law rarely ends with “Well, that’s just a law.” Why is that? What is the [...]

5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch on Earth Day

How do solar panels work? Can wildlife adapt to climate change? How many TED-Ed Lessons include animated Earths, anyway? Here are 5 TED-Ed Lessons (and 1 great TED-Ed video compilation of animated Planet Earths) to watch now: 1. Climate change: [...]