Educators often focus on the language skills students who are still learning English lack, but bilingualism is a huge neuro-strength. The ability to speak more than one language means a strong, healthy and complex brain.
TED-Ed offers dozens of fascinating videos about all kinds of subjects that draw students in. (To learn more about how to use videos in the classroom, check out MindShift’s Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Videos) This series of videos, called Playing With Language explores issues of language and learning from different perspectives. Here are four from … Continue reading Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language →
This short and powerful video describes all the many reasons we crave sugar. It’s not only a great video to show science students (though older ones — drugs are mentioned too), it’s a fascinating look into how our bodies work for anyone who’s interested.
Many birds migrate thousands of miles every year. It's a perilous journey, and an important one for the ecosystem. Of the estimated 20 billion birds that migrate south each fall, only about half return to breed in the spring.
Is it scientifically possible for humans to fly? This animated TED-ED video based on a physics lesson by Joy Lin explains just how hard that would be and why. She covers topics like the universal gas law, Newton’s Laws, force and gravity. The video looks like an animated comic strip, but packs in a lot … Continue reading What Would It Take For Humans to Fly Like Superheroes? →
In this TED-Ed video “How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries,” Adam Savage, best known for Mythbusters fame, explains how some of the most fundamental discoveries in science came from simple and creative ideas about how to solve problems. We’re all “meat and water,” he says, and we all have the capacity to work at … Continue reading How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries →
For educators looking for new ways to introduce ideas to students, videos can be a great way to spark interest. Catlin Tucker, an English teacher in Windsor, Calif, curated her top video picks for an English classroom, which help explain complex ideas in different ways. This TED-Ed video, The Art of the Metaphor, narrated by Jane … Continue reading Four Fun Videos That Explain Complex Language Arts Ideas →
Educator Jessica Wise and her cohorts have come up with a compelling Ted-Ed video on how novels throughout history have helped shape real-world events. “Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, … Continue reading Ted-Ed: How Fiction Can Influence Real World Events →