Common Sense Review
Updated November 2014

Ted-Ed: Thinking & Learning

High-interest videos activate minds, get kids thinking about thinking
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Short videos encourage kids to reflect on their own thinking and learning.
  • Teachers can set up an account to personalize any lesson.
  • Links to articles and videos help students dig into the concepts.
  • Animated videos engage and get kids thinking.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
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Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

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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