Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Science & Technology

Compelling videos engage, pair well with solid teaching resources

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Science

Skills
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
7–12
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This collection of short movies and supporting resources help make complex science ideas both understandable and engaging for kids. The video clips are probably best used in a whole-class setting, when you can help kids unpack some of the more complicated concepts. One way is through the short-response and multiple-choice Think Questions that accompany each video. You can put these in handout form or have kids complete them online.

If your students are able, you might consider using a flipped-classroom method instead, assigning a video and questions for homework and using class time for a deeper discussion of the topic. Be sure to take advantage of the customization options for lesson creation. Kids could also engage in online discussions using the site's forums. Keep in mind that videos aren't organized by the Next Generation of Science Standards, so you'll have to dig around to find what you need.

Standout videos: 

  • "Is our climate headed for a mathematical tipping point?"
  • "Where do genes come from?"
  • "Five fingers of evolution"
  • "Chemistry of cold packs"

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.

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Marilyn G. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Santa Barbara Junior High School
Santa Barbara, United States
Simple explanations for complex concepts aided by fun and engaging animation
These are great videos. They are short and engaging. Most of the narration is done at a good pace with fun images to accompany them. The topics are somewhat random, but there is one on non-newtonian fluids I will definitely use before introducing ooblek. My ELL students and Special needs students will not understand too much of the concepts but the visuals will help.
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