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‘Science is for everyone, kids included’ – TED

Primary school students have their work published in a scientific journal!

From my standpoint as a Christian educator I disagree with the evolutionary presuppositions at the basis of the learnings of the students in this TED video, nevertheless it is an awesome example of what students (in this case Primary students) can achieve when they are encouraged by their teachers and facilitators to inquire into a question that they (the students) develop and want to explore.

It should be noted that their quest to be published took many more months than their inquiry! Because they were child scientists 😦

I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching the video, and will consider some more the value of Inquiry-based Learning, the value of persisting through all aspects of  any journey, and the importance of valuing our childrens’ learnings!


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Using TED to Teach Presentation Skills – Kate Petty


On her blog ‘The Tech Classroom – 21st Century English Classroom’ Kate Petty writes:

What is TED? TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a non-profit organization devoted to sharing “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The first TED conference was in Monterrey, CA in 1984 and the ideas have not stopped flowing.
Why is TED so popular? Many educators and professionals find the 3-20 minute speeches authentic and high-interest with diverse speakers who have various presentation styles.
What can TED do for your classroom? TED speeches are available through its website on Ted.com, YouTube, and an app for all devices, including iOS. Teachers can use TED to teach and develop dynamic presentation skills using the videos it offers.

Kate offers some resources there also and some suggestions for speeches if TED access is not available at your school.

Leaders, you might want to pass this URL on to your English teachers.

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YouTube in schools? Try YouTube for Schools!

YouTube for Schools

This information regarding YouTube for Schools might be a way to assist principals to solve the issue some school leaders and teachers are having when it comes to teacher use of video from online sources such as the regular YouTube. I think it would be worth leaders checking YouTube for Schools out and having a chat with your techs to set up a school account, as well as talking with teachers in regard to the videos they’d like to add to your school’s customisable list.

The following from the YouTube for Schools website explains:

‘YouTube for Schools lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400,000 educational videos, from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED, and from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and numberphile. Schools can also customize their YouTube for Schools experience, adding videos that are only viewable within their school network.’


YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU. These videos come from well-known organizations like StanfordPBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile.


School admins and teachers can log in and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos plus videos their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled and search is limited to YouTube EDU videos.


You can customize the content available in your school. All schools get access to all of the YouTube EDU content, but teachers and administrators can also create playlists of videos that are viewable only within their school’s network.


YouTube.com/Teachers has hundreds of playlists of videos that align with common educational standards, organized by subject and grade. These playlists were created by teachers for teachers so you can spend more time teaching and less time searching.’

Another little trick I’ve learnt recently:

(Thank you Tom March)

YouTube for Schools doesn’t allow suggestions for related video to appear after viewing the target video.

If you want to prevent students surfing off into the wide world of YouTube after viewing the videos you download from YouTube video to embed into your blog, website, Edmodo etc., add &=rel=0 to the to source URL. For example, the video above has the following URL:

With &rel=0 added it looks like this: