今天去 TED 闲逛，才发现他们搞了个 TED-ED，TED 教育频道。
一口气看了十来个动画视频，真心觉得很好 —— 虽然是自作给小朋友的，但实际上并不妨碍成年人，甚至像我这样的大叔看着高兴…… 比如这个：《如何写好描述性文字？》（How to write descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson）
功能做得相当系统，除了看视频本身之外，边上还有 Think、Dig Deeper，以及 Discuss。比如，这个视频的“Dig Deeper”里有以下文字和导航（可惜微信公共帐号不允许带外链），顺着这段文字可以接着深挖更多的动画视频课程：
Can reading fiction actually build morality and help you grow as an individual? This article from the Boston Globe, "Why fiction is good for you,” might just answer that question. Ohio State also weighs in on the discussion with this report, “Losing Yourself” in A Fictional Character Can Affect Your Real Life.” Have you ever lost yourself in a book, unable to pull yourself away from it? Which one? Think about what the author did that made the book so special.
Find yourself so immersed in those electronic devices that you fail to read books anymore?Read this article from the New York Times and see what neuroscience has to say. Been a little crabby and not yourself? Pick up some fiction! Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer, might just snap you out of the doldrums! Get to the library or your bookshelf, find a nice comfy spot and get reading! Let a book cast a spell on you!
Why is it so important that children have books to read? Fiction books are especially essential for the development of empathy for others. Scientific American discusses this here: Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy. Want to get smarter? Watch this video and find out how fiction can help: How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better. Finally, take a look at the, Top Ten Reasons to Read Fiction.
This TED-Ed lesson: How fiction can change reality discusses how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and affect culture. Want some more hints on writing fiction? Another TED-Ed lesson might just help: How to build a fictional world.
(Educator headshot by David Findlay, 2011)