Updated October 2014

Ted-Ed: Design, Engineering & Technology

Expand-your-brain video lessons can work well as advanced extensions

Learning rating
Not yet reviewed Editorial review by Common Sense Education
Community rating
Not yet reviewed Write a review
Privacy rating
57%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
8–12
Subjects & Skills
Science, Creativity

Take a look inside

3 images

TED-Ed's Design, Engineering & Technology collection is home to almost 80 lessons, each consisting of a short video, multiple-choice and short-answer questions, and Dig Deeper links to related resources. The lessons are well done, and you can even customize them to target goals or differentiate for individual learners. However, the less-than-clear topic organization is a drawback here -- you'll need to use a keyword search to find what's relevant to your class.

Superb at connecting science and humanities topics (self-assembly, network theory), the content is valuable -- and advanced! Try having kids preview a lesson at home, using the Discuss prompts to prep for classroom conversations. Or assign different lessons on energy technologies to small groups, targeting specific content to each. And keep in mind that the site is great for extension activities. As kids study states of matter, let your accelerated group tackle the “Why is glass transparent?” lesson. Be sure to offer some scaffolding in the form of Cornell notes. Kids will do a lot better as they record their learning and questions. 

Standout videos:

  • "Biofuels and Bioprospecting for Beginners"
  • "The History of the Barometer (and How It Works)"

Full Disclosure: TED-Ed and Common Sense Education share a funder; however, that relationship does not impact Common Sense Education's editorial independence and this learning rating. 

Continue reading Show less

Community Rating

No one has reviewed this tool yet. Be the first to share your thoughts.

Add your rating
Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
Personal information is displayed publicly.
User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Users can create or upload content.
Processes to access and review user data are available.
Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
Ads & Tracking
Are there advertisements or tracking?
Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
Behavioral or targeted advertising is displayed.

Continue reading about this tool's privacy practices, including data collection, sharing, and security.

See complete evaluation

Learn more about our privacy ratings