We already know that TED Talks are awesome, no matter what topic you’re looking to address in your classroom, they’re sure to have something. Earlier this week, we looked at how you can tap into TED’s latest venture, TED-Ed, to create customized video lessons for your classroom.
If you’re not ready to create your own customized lessons just yet, fear not! TED-Ed has a ton of great lessons ready for you to use in your classroom. You can search by type of lesson, grade level appropriateness, duration of video, or browse by subject matter. Alternatively, you can search collections of lessons curated by the folks at TED-Ed, called Series, each of which focuses on a broader topic such as climate change, the human body, or inventions.
We’ve selected ten of our favorite TED-Ed lessons to share with you. Check them out, and if you have favorite TED-Ed lessons, we’d love to hear what they are! Leave us a comment below, visit the Daily Genius Facebook Page, or mention @DailyGenius on Twitter – we want to hear about your favorite lessons!
10 Awesome TED-Ed Lessons to Use in Your Classroom
Questions no one knows the answer to
In this early TED-Ed lesson, TED curator Chris Anderson explores why some questions just don’t seem to have answers.
How sugar affects the brain
In this popular TED-Ed lesson, we explore the chemical reactions that happen in the body when one ingests sugar, and why we’re probably better off enjoying sugar as a sometimes treat.
Grammar’s Great Divide: The Oxford Comma
I won’t lie, I’m on Team Oxford Comma. But not everyone is – and this TED-Ed lesson explores both sides of the debate.
Why sitting down is bad for you
We’ve all heard that too much sitting isn’t great for you, and many people are even acquiring standing workstations in offices. But just WHY is sitting so bad? This TED-Ed lesson explores some of the obvious and not-so-obvious dangers of too much sitting.
How playing an instrument benefits your brain
Maybe your mom made you play piano when you were a child, saying it was a “good thing to learn”. She probably didn’t expect you to become a concert pianist, so what, exactly, did she think was so “good” about it? This TED-Ed lesson takes a look at what happens in your brain when you play an instrument, and some of the long term positive effects.
The five major world religions
You can probably name most of them, and perhaps even identify some of the hallmarks of each. When discussing religion, we often focus on the differences between each, but this TED-Ed lesson explores the intertwined history of the five major world religions and sees what makes them more similar than we may think.
Myths and misconceptions about human evolution
So much of what we hear about evolution is misconception, and this TED-Ed lesson is designed to help clear up some of those things! For example, species (not individual organisms) evolve, though we commonly identify individuals as ‘evolving’.
How Mendel’s pea plants help explain genetics
Most of us understand that if Mom and Dad both have blue eyes, their kids are likely to have blue eyes, too. But what if one parent has blue eyes and one parent has brown eyes? It isn’t a simple toss of a coin – this TED-Ed lesson explains how we know so much about human genetics – because of plants!
How do languages evolve?
Throughout history, many languages have evolved from what was once a significantly smaller number – but how did this happen? This TED-Ed lesson explains how linguists group languages into families, and how these language ‘family trees’ may help us understand how languages have evolved over time.
What percentage of your brain do you use?
You’ve probably heard the statistic – that humans only use about 10% of their brains. Is it true? If not, how much of our brains do we actually use? Explore this TED-Ed lesson to find out.