Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Social Studies

High-quality video lessons offer context, help kids connect

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Social Studies

Skills
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6–12
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Ted-Ed's Social Studies section houses a collection of free educational videos and lesson resources that support students' engagement with various social studies topics. Building on Ted's idea of sharing great ideas, the focus of the site is to share great social studies video resources and lessons. Videos range from 3 to 20 minutes and cover topics such as anthropology, civics, and history. Along with each video, there are links to additional resources, discussion questions, and short assessments to check for understanding.

The easiest way to use the site is to show the videos as-is in a whole-class setting, as a supplement to your lessons. However, with a free account, you can build your own original lessons on the site using Ted-Ed's platform and selecting from a wider variety of content, some of which is from other sources. The best videos from this collection are bound to encourage thoughtful discussions among your students; best of all, they're easily integrated into your existing curriculum.

Standout Videos:

  • "The language of lying"
  • "WWII: Why is it so important 70 years later?"
  • "Does your vote count?"

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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Lisa B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Hershey Middle School
Hershey, United States
Interesting videos and questions on a variety of Social Studies topics
There are many features of TedED Lessons that make them useful. There are categories set up - like Social Studies - but you can also search by age level, length of video, or use a general search term. Some of the videos are short animated lectures and others are official TedED Talks. Both have value in the classroom. Teachers can use the videos and questions as is, or they can customize it to fit their teaching needs. One thing that would improve TedED Social Studies is having differentiated levels for the questions. It only allows for a single question set, so some students would be frustrated by complexity and others would be bored.
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