Have you watched a TED-Ed video lately?

Noah Tavlin works for TED-Ed and has watched over 500 of the videos. In this blog post he concludes that:
“Every innovation begins with a question.”
“Discovery doesn’t begin with knowledge — it begins with questions and curiosity.”
“Learning from educators and animators has inspired me to think more deeply about things — not just to skim the surface.”
Videos make a great “OPEN” lesson for Guided Inquiry – inspired thinking leads to deep questions.
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TEDEducation – Icebergs, The Arctic and Antarctica

TED-Ed has an excellent collection of videos on many aspects of the curriculum. They are engaging for visual learners and initiate collaborative discussion and create interest when opening a new topic area. This short informative video about icebergs could be an opener for the study of Antarctica for our Year 5 students or for a Secondary Geography lesson.

And now, just posted yesterday, here is a video on The Arctic vs. the Antarctic by Camille Seaman !

Sir Ken Robinson – TED talks education

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Maths – TEDEd videos explain concepts

TEDEd videos explore concepts visually and make learning so much more relevant. This Maths video explains the invention and development of logarithms and their use. In discussing the collaborative nature of the development of Logarithms this comment is made:
“Creativity isn’t only about going deeply into one’s field of work, it’s about cross-pollination between disciplines too.” Learning becomes so much more interesting and relevant when it is integrated and purposeful.