How to spot a misleading graph

We tend to trust graphs because they’re based on facts. But graphs can be manipulated in ways that distort the information. Learning to evaluate graphs is a media literacy skill. There’s a TED Ed lesson to accompany this video.

There’s a Poem for That

World Poetry Day is March 21st. Looking for poems to celebrate the day? Watch the TED Ed series There’s a Poem for That. It pairs contemporary and classical poems with award-winning animators. Here’s the first poem:

Think Like a Coder

TED-Ed has launched a 10 part series, Think Like a Coder.  Solve a series of programming puzzles to help Ethic and Hedge, her robot companion, save the world. Here’s the first challenge, The Prison Break, and its accompanying lesson.

Misleading Health Headlines

In health news, there can be a disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. Here’s a new TED Ed video on how to read past the headlines. Click here for the full lesson.

World Poetry Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is World Poetry Day! “Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.” – United Nations TED-Ed has recently uploaded a video series that… Read more

Learning about Poetry

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. – Rita Dove World Poetry Day is tomorrow! It’s a good day to share the TED-Ed lesson on What makes a poem … a poem? Click here for the full lesson. Looking for ideas for teaching poetry? Take a look at 22 Way to Teach… Read more

News Literacy

How can you decide if news is true or fake? One clue is the source of the news. How to Choose Your News is a TED-Ed lesson that’s a good introduction to how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how you can tell them apart. For the… Read more

How to spot a misleading graph

Statistics are used to help us to see trends and make decisions. And, often complex data is presented in visual ways that make it easier to understand. Graphs are a popular way to represent data and creating graphs is easier than ever. But, the same data can be manipulated to present different graphs that tell… Read more