Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Science & Technology

Compelling videos engage, pair well with solid teaching resources

Subjects & skills
  • Critical Thinking

  • Science
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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"
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Joanna M. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Ripley High School
Ripley, WV
TED Ed is a quick, easy way to share a concept with students.

It is a great supplemental teaching tool. The video can be stopped and replayed in case the student didn't understand a concept. It can be paused, so that extra instruction or clarification can be provided if necessary. I really liked that if a student missed a question on the quiz, the program took them to the portion of the video where the answer was provided. The additional It serves as a means of emphasizing the curriculum, and adds an additional level of understanding for the students. Though this is only a tool substitution, it is still a valid addition to your lessons, especially if you have a concept that is hard to see in a classroom.

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