Teacher Review for TED-Ed

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Josh W.
Classroom teacher
Coalinga Middle School
Coalinga, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I've used the videos to supplement lessons or to help students understand a confusing concept, especially in science and history. When we were recently studying erosion from waves, my students had questions about tsunamis, so I pulled up the TED Ed video. It was engaging, concise, and it helped me answer their questions. I have yet to try any of their lesson plans that go with some of the videos.
My Take
I am a huge TED fan and have thought a lot about using longer presentations or their podcasts in the classrooms. I haven't been able to yet, but the TED Ed resources allow me to tap into that incredible knowledge-base and easily incorporate it into my classroom. Sometimes the content doesn't perfectly fit; for example, the video about Roman teenagers has a short drinking/puking scene which made me not want to show it to my 6th graders.