I’m not kidding y’all: The quality of content that you can find for absolutely free on YouTube blows my mind.
There’s literally not a day that goes by that I don’t stumble across a short, engaging bits that I can use to introduce kids to the content in my science curriculum. The key is finding channels that produce valuable videos on a regular basis.
To help, I posted a list of five YouTube channels that I think are valuable a few months ago. Since then, I’ve found several other channels that might be worth giving a look.
Here are three that I think science teachers will completely dig:
KQED Science – There’s no single public television station that challenges my thinking more than KQED in San Francisco. Heck, their Mindshift blog on the changing nature of learning is probably the single most important title in my feed reader. Similarly, their KQED Science channel on YouTube has become one of the single most important sources for content based videos in my YouTube subscriptions. Few publishers pair stunning video with high production values and interesting topics together like KQED.
Need an example of KQED Science in action? Check out this bit on Cobra Lilies — a predatory plant. #verycool
Earth Unplugged – Earth Unplugged is dedicated to introducing users to all that is awesome about the earth. Pairing BBC Nature content with engaging visuals AND engaging presenters, they tackle topics ranging from the importance of pollinators to how much water is in a cloud. They also have a series of slow motion and time lapse videos that kids are completely hooked by.
Need an example of Earth Unplugged in action? Check out this bit on what would happen to the earth if honeybees went extinct.
The SciShow – The SciShow is one of my favorite YouTube channels simply because it breaks down complicated concepts into short videos presented by engaging hosts that my kids really enjoy. While the content is less visual than some of the other channels — episodes tend to be heavy on the host standing in front of the green screen rather than illustrations or videos — it is also approachable and entertaining. It’s also almost ALWAYS connected to content that I’m teaching in class.
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