Three More YouTube Channels for #scichat Nation

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.

Need an example of The SciShow in action?  Check out this bit on why we have seasons.  And if you dig it, check out the SciShow’s Space Channel.


Related Radical Reads:

Five YouTube Channels for #scichat Nation

Resources for my Scichat Homies: Introducing the Elements

Resources for my Scichat Homies: Student Project Challenges

  • JonHanbury

    teaching channel


    i know that the channels you have featured are to introduce kids to the content………….but i like the “teaching channe”l to grow teachers.  i have used it often as talking points with my teachers as i’ve coached them in mathematics.  i’m loving the collaborative nature of these resources…..we are not alone recreating the wheel.

    as to your post on digital natives vs. digital immigrants, being an educator with more than 40 years of experience, i have often told others that i’m a “digital immigrant with a very heavy accent”…………but that hasn’t stopped me from taking the risks that go along with incorporating technology in my work.  i began my life in the classroom as a teacher prior to overhead projectors!!!  (the copying machine were run by hand — and the blue ink was lethal to clothes and skin!!!)  so i am truly a dinosaur!!!  (the plant eating kind, by the way!!)

    thanks for your constant reminders to those of us in the field of resources that are helpful.  as a former kindergarten teacher, i have learned the value of sharing!!

    happy summer


  • DeidraGammill

    Do you Tingo?
    Here’s a resource I loved to use:

    The site creator, Devin, hasn’t updated in awhile (our loss), but he’s got a wealth of vocabulary videos he created, all lasting roughly 2 minutes. Since I use a word of the day for bell work, sprinkling these videos in here and there is pretty cool. Plus, he picks really good words to feature (supercilious, cantankerous, enigma,obsequious, etc). He generally includes roots/prefixes and has quite a bit of quality teaching material on the site (geared towards vocabulary).

    The videos are also on YouTube, and sometimes if a link if broken on the website, you can search on YouTube and find it there. How all that works is a great mystery to me. I’d give anything to learn HOW to create these kinds of videos myself!

    Science does have the lion’s share of “cool” stuff for teaching, but this is one site that makes ELA kind cool too. Enjoy!

  • billferriter

    Thanks Jon and Deidre!

    Hey Deidre and Jon!

    Just a quick thanks for the great shares.  Jazzed to see a few other channels that teachers might find useful in the comment section.

    Value you both…


  • AnneJolly

    Thank you!
    Bill, I sometimes (okay – usually) forget to tell you how much I value your practical wisdom and practitioner knowledge, and how much I appreciate your blog.

    So, for this post, and for the others to come, I thank you very much!

  • AnneJolly

    Thank you!
    Bill, I sometimes (okay – usually) forget to tell you how much I value your practical wisdom and practitioner knowledge, and how much I appreciate your blog.

    So, for this post, and for the others to come, I thank you very much!