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10 Favorite Educational YouTube Channels

April 18, 2016

YouTube is a powerful resource for teaching and learning – if you know where to look. This list of must-watch educational YouTube channels are perfect for finding  video clips to share with students in class or in a flipped learning environment. As opposed to an individual video, channels are created by individuals and organizations and are full of related content. You’ll also find resources for educators to help boost content knowledge and introduce teaching strategies.

Here’s the list of must-watch educational YouTube channels!

TED-Ed What I love most about TED-Ed videos are how they address questions from our everyday lives. Topics include “Does grammar matter?” and “What are those floaty things in your eyes?” This is a great place to find resources that connect to the real world.

Smithsonian Education With videos for teachers and students this channel has lots to choose from. You’ll find Online Conference Series on topics like Climate Change and Diplomacy in Action. There are also short clips on events like The March on Washington that include historian interviews and primary source documents.

Crash Course This YouTube channel includes videos that provide an introduction to different topics. They have a section on Economics, Chemistry, and plenty of Social Studies topics. These videos are around 10-15 minutes and includes speakers and animation.

Discovery Channel I recently featured some fantastic virtual reality videos from Discovery but their YouTube channel is equally awesome. Quick clips from MythBusters or Racing Extinction can kick off a new lesson or energize students mid-unit.

Common Sense Media You may be familiar with Common Sense Media’s digital citizenship curriculum and their YouTube channel has lots of resources too. The short clips on different topics like oversharing and posting online are perfect for teachable moments in your classroom.

Education Week On this YouTube channel teachers can find information on new education initiatives and interviews with educators. It’s a great space for inspiration or clarification on big ideas.

A couple more to check out:

Do you have favorite YouTube channel or clip? Share it in the comments below!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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