Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Thinking & Learning

High-interest videos activate minds, get kids thinking about thinking

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  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Collaboration
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Ted-Ed's Thinking and Learning collection covers a wide range of topics. Geared mostly toward high school and college students, these resources are great at getting students to consider their own thinking and learning processes. Along with each video, there are links to additional resources, discussion questions, and short assessments to check for understanding.

You can use the videos as is to help supplement lessons you've already created, or you can create an account and customize the site's pre-made lessons. Be sure to spend some time searching the collection for the most relevant videos that will add depth to what you're teaching -- no matter what subject area you teach, you're bound to find something. One video, "The surprising truth about what motivates us," would be a valuable addition in a psychology course, but could also be a useful topic for many students to consider. J.K. Rowling’s "Harvard Commencement" could be used to inspire almost any student. Whether you're using a traditional or flipped model, find the videos that will engage and encourage thoughtful discussions among your students.

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Ryann G. , Special education instructor
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Ted in Students' Heads
I think Ted talks are great and provide low literacy students a good source for informational writing. Students are able to reach the same rich content as their peers. Ted can also provide background knowledge or extend understanding of various topics. Some videos use a lot of domain specific vocabulary that needs to be previewed for students.
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