A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this app offers kids and parents the opportunity to explore and view videos from the renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences, which feature a mix of interesting speakers from all walks of life. Scientists, doctors, musicians, teachers, and more share their expertise and experience on a variety of generally compelling subjects. You can browse all videos in the TED conference collection and save audio or video for offline viewing, and there's no login or way to communicate with others within the app (although parents can definitely create their own discussions with kids on nearly any subject).
What's it about?
The TED app is a tool for browsing, downloading, and viewing TED talks, the acclaimed short videos that feature thought leaders expounding on topics from technology, entertainment, design, and other disciplines in 18 minutes or less. You can browse featured talks, search by subject matter, or use the "Surprise Me" feature to view a custom playlist of talks centered on a certain theme. A "My Talks" page shows talks that have been bookmarked and saved for offline listening or viewing.
Is it any good?
The TED app offers terrific access to the library of TED talks, and it's a great way to discover talks on a range of subjects from a broad group of presenters. The range of subjects and tags is expansive and thought-provoking, and accessibility features such as subtitles are impressively extensive and, for some talks, available in more than 50 languages. This app offers great access to an outstanding bank of free content, but opportunities for sharing or deeper engagement are limited, and downloading videos for offline viewing seems convenient until an hour of content consumes 1 GB of device storage space.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the subject matter of each TED discussion. Are there particular discussions that spark interest in your kid? Watch videos with your kids and then have a family chat or debate.
Parents might help kids navigate the "Surprise Me" feature, which allows users to view a playlist of videos specially tailored to a chosen adjective (such as "courageous" or "inspiring") and a specified time frame (from five to 60 minutes).
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness
- Skills: Emotional Development: perspective taking
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 15, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 26.90 MB
- Publisher: TED Conferences
- Version: 2.3.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up.
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