For any organization with such a prodigious output, there are going to be some hits and misses, but TED-Ed has maintained a very high standard.
Which is why I was very surprised and disappointed at their newest video and lesson on “The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks.”
You probably are somewhat familiar with the story of the young African-American woman whose cells were taken from her (without her knowledge) and are now used around the world for medical research and which have generated huge profits for drug companies. Shockingly, the video only spends seconds on these issues and the lesson itself only briefly touches on those ethical and racial issues.
Check the video and lesson out and let me know if you think I’m over-reacting. Below the video, you can find additional resources on the issue that can be used to help students learn more…
It offers both articles translated from English versions and original content.
Having good Spanish translations of their English articles can be great tools for English-language development, and the Spanish articles can also be used by ELLs to help develop background knowledge on a specific topic being studied.
E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Chinese New Year is my latest student interactive for The New York Times Learning Network. Students watch a video, read a passage, choose the correct meanings for several words, and then respond to a writing prompt about their own new year traditions.