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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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TED-Ed needs your help! Where can we find the best videos?

I'm compiling a list of videos that I can put before the people who are creating lessons on the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com). The videos that we suggest should be impeccable -- quality of video, content of video, and it's appropriateness for a high school classroom. They also have to be on YouTube.

Here's a few examples of amazing videos:

1) What Color Is A Mirror?
2) Cicadas and Exoskeletons: Bite Sci-zed
3) Why is it Dark at Night?
4) High Diving Giraffes (we can contextualize any quality video)
5) Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics (I had to include a cat video)
6) The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies

Don't worry about suggesting TED Talks or TEDx Talks. We're already creating lessons around that content. I'm looking for amazing videos that people may not know about yet.



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      Aug 15 2013: Thank you, Carolyn! You are right -- documentaries are such a wonderful place for learning. I often find myself neglecting sleep because I have heard of or happened upon a new documentary.

      However, documentaries are often too long to show in a classroom setting, you know? If a teacher only has 45 minutes with his/her students, they can't show a feature length documentary in one sitting. Showing even one film is a large commitment of classroom time. I am not saying the teacher shouldn't do it, and many do.

      I do think that shorter videos on specific topics could be a more sustainable way of guiding students into new concepts. If you love the natural world, you'll love some of Derek Muller's videos on YouTube -- he explains the physics of the natural world in a way that all of us can understand. Or, The Brain Scoop is a zoology channel that's all about figuring out how animals lived by dissecting them after death.
      (here's Derek's channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium)
      (here's the zoology channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop)

      I LOVE my job. I'm doing my best to enjoy each day!! One of my favorite things is engaging the community to figure out how to source the best resources for teachers all over the world. :) Thanks for your valuable input.

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