App of the Week – TED

We are continuing a series called App of the Week, wherein we recommend the best apps to support the academic experience. Please let us know what you think, and feel free to provide suggestions for apps we should review.

TedLogoTED, an ongoing conference series dedicated to “ideas worth sharing,” has been around since 1984. Many of these short talks (typically 18 minutes or less) have been available online since 2006. TED talks started by covering Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but they have since expanded to cover any topic imaginable.

Most Useful Features:

  • Access to over 1000 Ted Talks.
  • Can download and save videos for later.
  • Ever-changing list of featured videos.
  • Sort by Most Recent and Most Popular.
  • Filter by six categories: Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Global Issues
  • Subtitles in over 90 languages.
  • Surprise Me search lets you make playlists based on eight topics (Courageous, Funny, Persuasive, Ingenious, Jaw-Dropping, Beautiful, Fascinating, and Informative) and length of time (from 5-60 minutes).
  • Use Discover to find videos on many different topics or browse the featured playlists on a wide variety of topics.
  • Clean, easy to use interface.
  • Can share videos.




  • Sorting and Filtering only available on the Featured tab
  • Can’t comment on videos in the app, but you can go to the TED website to comment.
  • Videos are not date-stamped on the main page (you have to click on it to find out when it was made)

Bottom Line:

If you like TED Talks, this is a perfect companion app that will let you access them from anywhere at any time.

Further Reading:

The TED Talks App Brings Tons of Video Lectures to iOS (Review)

TED (Review)

TED Talks for iPhone and iPad (Review)

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Contents contributed G.J. Corey Harmon, Circulation Librarian