5 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers

 We are kicking off the month’s series of techy posts with this great one by a guest blogger who writes about YouTube channels you will want to have at your fingertips.  Enjoy!  ~EMP

YouTube is a fantastic resource for educators and students alike. There are hundreds of thousands of videos that teach you just about anything you want to know. There are lectures from some of the top researchers and the brightest minds at the world’s leading universities. There are in-depth tutorials that walk you through a process step-by-step.

Teachers can use the videos found on YouTube to supplement classroom lessons, assign as homework or use in group  projects, or learn new classroom methodologies.

Here are 5 YouTube channels that are particularly useful for teachers, offering a wealth of educational material to enhance classroom instruction:

TED Talks

Listen to lectures compiled from the best of the TED Conference, featuring some of the leading innovators from around the world. TED talks feature “trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.” Some featured playlists include “Visions in Medicine,” “Radical Architecture,” “Ocean of Mystery” and “Inside Your Noggin.”

Smithsonian Videos

Learn from experts at the top museums in the world on this channel. Covered topics include art, design, history, culture, science and technology. Featured playlists include “Civil War 150,” “History and Culture,” “Art and Design,” and “Science and Technology.”

Science Channel

“Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, and more with science videos and news from Science Channel.” Some featured videos include “Fine Tuning Physics,” “Swarm Bots,” and “The DNA Gamble.”

Discovery Networks

Television’s educational authority offers up “amazing stories and experiences from the world of science, natural history, anthropology, survival, geography, and engineering.” Find videos from some popular shows like Mythbusters and Deadliest Catch, as well as other videos that compliment this material. Some featured videos include “Dead in the Ice,” “Fatal Battle,” and “TWiDN: Penguins are Some Dirty Birds” (http://www.youtube.com/user/discoverynetworks).

Open Yale Courses 

One of the nation’s top universities offers free courses with its highly respected faculty. “The Yale Courses channel provides entry into the core of the university — its classrooms and academic programs — including complete sets of lectures from the Open Yale Courses initiative.” Some featured playlists include “Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmentalism,” Financial Markets (2011),” “Freshman Organic Chemistry,” and “Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner.”

These channels offer hundreds of useful videos to enhance classroom learning — offering new ideas for lesson plans, supplemental material for student study, and additional training for teachers. There are many more channels that educators can find useful on YouTube, as well.

What other YouTube channels do you use in the classroom or to help you plan your lessons? Share your picks in the comments!

Sarah Rexman is the main researcher and writer for bedbugs.org. Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Florida State, with a degree in environmental science.  Her current focus for the site involves researching from the site, bedbugs.org and bed bug removal.

Photo credit: Photo originally found on edutechmag.org

 

5 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers

YouTube is a fantastic resource for educators and students alike. There are hundreds of thousands of videos that teach you just about anything you want to know. There are lectures from some of the top researchers and the brightest minds at the world’s leading universities. There are in-depth tutorials that walk you through a process step-by-step.

Teachers can use the videos found on YouTube to supplement classroom lessons, assign as homework or use in group  projects, or learn new classroom methodologies.

Here are 5 YouTube channels that are particularly useful for teachers, offering a wealth of educational material to enhance classroom instruction:

TED Talks (http://www.youtube.com/user/tedtalksdirector?blend=1&ob=4)

Listen to lectures compiled from the best of the TED Conference, featuring some of the leading innovators from around the world. TED talks feature “trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.” Some featured playlists include “Visions in Medicine,” “Radical Architecture,” “Ocean of Mystery” and “Inside Your Noggin.”

Smithsonian Videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithsonianVideos)

Learn from experts at the top museums in the world on this channel. Covered topics include art, design, history, culture, science and technology. Featured playlists include “Civil War 150,” “History and Culture,” “Art and Design,” and “Science and Technology.”

Science Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceChannel)

“Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, and more with science videos and news from Science Channel.” Some featured videos include “Fine Tuning Physics,” “Swarm Bots,” and “The DNA Gamble.”

Discovery Networks (http://www.youtube.com/user/discoverynetworks)

Television’s educational authority offers up “amazing stories and experiences from the world of science, natural history, anthropology, survival, geography, and engineering.” Find videos from some popular shows like Mythbusters and Deadliest Catch, as well as other videos that compliment this material. Some featured videos include “Dead in the Ice,” “Fatal Battle,” and “TWiDN: Penguins are Some Dirty Birds” (http://www.youtube.com/user/discoverynetworks).

Open Yale Courses (http://www.youtube.com/user/YaleCourses)

One of the nation’s top universities offers free courses with its highly respected faculty. “The Yale Courses channel provides entry into the core of the university — its classrooms and academic programs — including complete sets of lectures from the Open Yale Courses initiative.” Some featured playlists include “Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmentalism,” Financial Markets (2011),” “Freshman Organic Chemistry,” and “Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner.”

These channels offer hundreds of useful videos to enhance classroom learning — offering new ideas for lesson plans, supplemental material for student study, and additional training for teachers. There are many more channels that educators can find useful on YouTube, as well.

What other YouTube channels do you use in the classroom or to help you plan your lessons? Share your picks in the comments!

Sarah Rexman is the main researcher and writer for bedbugs.org. Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Florida State, with a degree in environmental science.  Her current focus for the site involves researching from the site, bedbugs.org and bed bug removal.

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