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English Teacher Matt Winkler Does It Again! 2nd Ted-Ed Video Published in Four Months

April 18th, 2013


With over 265,000 views on his first educational video for Ted-Ed, Matthew Winkler, educational technology coordinator and English teacher at South Kent School, aims to repeat his success with the release of his newest video lesson, “Who Invented Writing.

This past December, Winkler published the educational video, "What Makes a Hero?" which he based on his research of The Hero’s Journey, by Joseph Campbell; a concept he became familiar with at South Kent School which has developed an innovative program that encompasses the philosophies of the “Hero’s Journey” to guide and prepare young men not only for college, but also for lives as men of quality. 

For his second video lesson, Winkler decided to focus on the history of the origins of writing.  “I was fascinated by the fact that there were only four cultures that took the leap from picture drawings to creating a written language system based on sounds,” says Winkler.  “All written language that exists today can be traced back to two of these systems.”

Conveying this idea to students in a simple and concise animated video is not easy, but with the help of Ted-Ed producers and animators, Winkler makes the information come to life in a short, four-minute video lesson that engages students' interest and keeps them entertained while learning.

TED-Ed's videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of some of the world's greatest educators.  Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos that demonstrate TED-Ed’s commitment to creating “lessons worth sharing.”

South Kent School congratulates Matt on his great success and is honored to count him among our distinguished faculty members.

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