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Kristin Smith

YouTube Channel Review

Welcome to a YouTube channel where you will learn a whole lot about a whole lot: TED-Ed. 

This TED Talk derivitive, launched in 2011, is an initiative that’s designed for learners of all ages, and it focuses on teachers and students around the world. Here, you will find more than 1,000 high-quality, entertaining videos that teach viewers about concepts and subjects from scientific principals and economics, to history and literature, and everything in between.

Interested in learning about who history’s first recorded author was? Or maybe you want to know what causes an economic recession? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll likely find a video on it.

And to help in your search, these animated videos are broken into categories such as: “Think like a coder,” “There’s a poem for that,” “A day in the life,” “Awesome nature,” Before and after Einstein,” “Math of the impossible” and “Humans vs. viruses,” among others.

Positive Content

Educational content abounds here as learning is the main goal. Questions of all sorts are presented, and each video breaks down answers. 

Content Concerns

Some these titles can be misleading, as is common with YouTube. For example, one TED-Ed title reads: “What happens when you die?” But instead of someone talking about what they think about the afterlife, they simply read a poem by Emily Dickinson.

Parents of younger viewers will want to offer guidance and direction on some subjects, such as various cultures’ mythological teachings, for instance. One video focuses on the myth of Baldur, and it talks about that belief system’s prophecies about death. This sort of historical, literature-based content is common, but it could be confusing for younger or less-mature viewers who aren’t yet familiar with other cultures’ spiritual ideas.  

Some videos potentially espouse ideas, opinions or worldviews that not all viewers will necessarily agree with.

Channel Summary

If education is your main goal, then TED-Ed claims that they have what you need: “Ideas worth sharing.” There’s some terrifc stuff here, but definitely some ideas that families may want to share together in order to fully understand and process from a Christian worldview.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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