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Social Studies

Media Meet-Up: TED Talks, Documentaries, Films

In this ongoing course, students will view relevant, award-winning TED Talks, Documentaries and Films (based on true events) and discuss with their peers.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
361 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 4 learners
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60 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Students will learn content specific to the documentary/TED Talk/film.

Students will be given an opportunity to reflect on the content in the form of a completed document in their preparation for class discussion.

Students will be given an opportunity to discuss the content with peers in the live Outschool format.

Students will be given the opportunity to preview the next week's content at the end of class.  

My name is Carie Beth Russell.  I live in the Kansas City area with my husband, two daughters, old lady cat and rambunctious dog.  I am a former elementary teacher and gifted education specialist.  I have been “home” since my second daughter was born, but have remained active in the field of education by teaching educational summer camps, tutoring and teaching at a homeschool enrichment program. 

My professional priorities center around student-led learning.  It’s my strong conviction that supporting children as they learn, rather than dictating how and what they learn, is the way to encourage their inborn patterns of curiosity, wonder and problem-solving that will serve them well in all stages of being human.  

While my own children attend public school, we very much view education as something we own and must take personal responsibility for.  We work hard at educational advocacy within the public school context.  I teach my daughters to communicate with their teachers, ask for what they need and request amended or extended: depth, duration and scope of projects, units, skills and personal areas of interest.  

Gifted Education services often provide these things for students who have been identified as such, but these standards and the definition of “giftedness” vary from state to state, based generally on funding, and doesn’t allow for many students to qualify.  This leaves a significant group of students who have “need of different” but no access to a more open-ended and curiosity-led education.  

Out School, and other platforms like it, allow students who are enrolled in public schools to adapt their learning modalities and pursue interests and learning pathways that intrigue their own very unique minds.  Teaching students to participate in Student Led Learning, in its various formats, allows them to continue on in their own investigations of an amazing planet and human experience, studying past, present and future as they forge their own distinct path. 

*All class times are approximate. Class length varies based on student ability and number of enrolled learners. Classes are designed so that they will not run longer than the time allotted.*

*Late/Missed Class Policy* All courses will begin on time as long as one learner is in the classroom. In the event that no students are in the classroom at the assigned class time, the teacher will leave a message on the discussion board and exit after 10 min. Class recordings are available upon request.

*Documents shared by the teacher are only to be used within the context of the class for which the student is enrolled.  You do not own the rights to these documents.  Do not share or distribute, as this would be in violation of the copyright.  
Students will watch the assigned film, TED Talk or documentary IN ADVANCE of the class meeting.  Length of video and rating for each week are stated in the Course Description under "Learning Goals".   Students will also complete an accompanying assignment in advance of the class meeting.  This assignment can be printed and completed in a paper/pencil format or may be completed digitally in a google slides format.  
Access to the streaming platform listed for each individual class meeting (current subscription to streaming platforms listed for each class i.e. Netflix, Hulu or FREE streaming via the TED Talks website and
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Watch Documentaries
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please see the listed ratings and review descriptions for each class.  Each class the rating of the content varies.  Preview content on your own or check with for reviews.  


Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
Lives in the United States
Former public general education teacher and gifted education specialist
361 total reviews
160 completed classes

About Me

Hello and Welcome!

About me:
My name is Carie Beth Russell.  I am the mother of two teenagers, an elderly cat and a forever puppy.  I live in the Midwest region of the United States with my family.  

I am a former public elementary school... 
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