YouTube has millions and millions of videos. Anything you can imagine likely has a video somewhere on YouTube. And yet, it can sometimes be difficult to find quality content because of the sheer number of videos on the platform.
We’ve compiled a list of YouTube channels containing high-quality educational content that will be sure to delight your students. Check them out below, and let us know if you use them in the comments. Click on the channel title to view the channel on YouTube.
Two brothers, John and Hank Green, along with their friends teach a variety of courses in quick 10 – 15 minute episodes. Whether you’re teaching Social Studies, Biology, Rhetoric, or Economics, CrashCourse has got you covered. Their videos are engaging and contain excellent animations to reinforce concepts.
This YouTube channel contains engaging, thought-provoking videos that explore various theories, such as Is Your Red The Same as My Red? and Why Are Things Cute? All of the videos are backed up by facts and are sure to pique the interest of your students.
The ClassHook channel contains a number of educational clips from popular television shows and movies. You’ll find clips from popular movies such as Mean Girls and well-known TV shows such as Ed, Edd n Eddy, Seinfeld, and The Magic School Bus. Each clip is accompanied by a detailed description. Your students will recognize many of the characters in ClassHook’s videos.
For the Science teachers out there, this channel hits the spot. Kurzgesagt, which means “in a nutshell” in German, contains videos that explore several science topics such as space, time, and evolution as well as contemporary political issues. The channel also contains “what if” videos that can provoke discussion in your classroom. Their videos are professionally animated and have compelling voice-overs, which make them both entertaining and very educational.
Ted-Ed features high-quality lessons and talks from accomplished individuals. From Science and Math to Art and History, Ted-Ed has videos covering all of these subjects and many, many more. Most of the lessons are animated, while the talks are not. Regardless of whether you’re watching a lesson or a talk, Ted-Ed’s videos will likely pique your and your students’ interest.
Have you shown videos from any of these channels to your students? Do you know of another YouTube channel that has great educational content? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll add it to this list.