How I Use It
I’ve used the video clips from Ted-Ed’s Health collection as both a resource to supplement my health curriculum and to extend learning for students in both health and physical education. I find the videos to be timely and relevant, while capturing my students’ interest. The short, “to the point” focus of these videos make them some of my favorite resources. In addition to embedding the videos into my current curriculum, I have encouraged students to use these clips as a resource when co-creating health projects based on their interest areas. For example, one of my students wanted to do a project about the effects of caffeine because her mother told her that caffeine is unhealthy for teenagers. She wanted to know if what her mother was telling her was fact or propaganda, so she created a project related to the effects of caffeine on teenagers’ health. The site is useful for quick resources. If you are looking for in-depth information about a topic, you would need to add additional resources.
The video clips from Ted-Ed’s Health collection are fun, informative, and help students learn about important health topics. The collection includes topics such as nutrition, physical fitness, emotional health, consumer health, and public health. The clips are timely and feature relevant content that matters to students presented in an engaging format. This site is useful for science, health, and physical education teachers. The site also includes the following resources: Think (short questions to test knowledge of the concepts discussed in the video), Dig Deeper (additional resources to explore), and Discuss (open ended questions to stimulate conversation). The site’s online discussion forum is a great way to have students collaborate with others beyond your classroom walls.
Teachers could use the videos and accompanying materials as stand alone tutorials, embed them into existing lessons, or use the “Create a Lesson” templates to customize their own lessons based around the Ted-Ed clips. This site is most beneficial for teachers looking to expand their current curriculum by adding timely, engaging resources to their toolbox.