TED-Ed Lessons offer a video library and the chance to build and customize lessons for students

7 thought-provoking TED-Ed Lessons to break up online learning boredom


TED-Ed Lessons offer a video library and the chance to build and customize lessons for students

2. Which is better: Soap or hand sanitizer? Your hands, up close, are anything but smooth. With peaks and valleys, folds and rifts, there are plenty of hiding places for a virus to stick. If you then touch your face, the virus can infect you. But there are two extraordinarily simple ways you can keep that from happening: soap and water, and hand sanitizer. So which is better? Alex Rosenthal and Pall Thordarson investigate.

3. Can plants think? Have you ever thought about how complex plants are? Can they actually think like we do? Watch this asapScience video and learn how plants think.

4. This sea creature breathes through its butt: Is it a fuzzy sock? An overripe banana? A moldy tube of toothpaste? No! In fact, it’s a humble sea cucumber: a brainless, fleshy form surrounding a digestive tract, and bookended by a mouth and an anus. And while it might look odd, its daily toil paves the way for entire ecosystems to thrive. Cella Wright journeys to the bottom of the ocean to explore the lives of these sausage-shaped wonders.

5. The bug that poops candy: Aphids can reproduce incredibly fast: they can make 20 new generations within a single season. And that means lots of poop. Some aphid populations can produce hundreds of kilograms of poop per acre— making them some of the most prolific poopers on the planet. We know this poop as the sweet, syrupy liquid called honeydew. George Zaidan explores the wonderfully weird life of an aphid.

6. Make your own secret ink! Chemical reactions occur all around us, but they only occur under particular circumstances. What causes a chemical reaction? What must be present for a chemical reaction to occur? Let’s find out together!

7. How the world’s longest underwater tunnel was built: Flanked by two powerful nations, the English Channel has long been one of the world’s most important maritime passages. Yet for most of its history, crossing was a dangerous prospect. Engineers proposed numerous plans for spanning the gap, including a design for an underwater passage more than twice the length of any existing tunnel. Alex Gendler details the creation of the Channel Tunnel.

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