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Head back to school with TED-Ed

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Tim Hansen’s animated lesson “How to read music” might get you revved up for back to school.

Back to school brings with it a slew of emotions. On the one hand, there’s the promise of seeing friends daily and the buying of new school supplies — new possibilities encapsulated in shrink-wrapped blank notebooks. But on the other hand, there’s the end of summer and the transition back to structured days, not to mention the challenge of switching the brain from off to on.

Below, some TED-Ed lessons that may help you get back in the studying spirit.

The top 10 humanities lessons you missed this summer

  1. A brief history of plural word…s
  2. The comma story
  3. The hidden meanings of yin and yang
  4. What’s the definition of comedy?
  5. How to read music
  6. Beatboxing 101
  7. The contributions of female explorers
  8. Mysteries of vernacular: Window
  9. Gyotaku: The ancient Japanese art of printing fish
  10. Animation basics: The optical illusion of motion

The top 10 STEM lessons you missed this summer

  1. The terrors of sleep paralysis
  2. Myths and misconceptions about evolution
  3. What is an aurora?
  4. If superpowers were real: Invisibility
  5. Is there a center of the universe?
  6. How big is the ocean?
  7. What color is Tuesday? Exploring synesthesia
  8. Tracking grizzly bears from space
  9. Exploring other dimensions
  10. The infinite life of pi