Nowadays, videos are a common part of the classroom experience. Personally speaking, it’s rare for me to be in a class without watching a video presented by a professor or teacher. Unless you’re a seasoned videographer or filmmaker, videos are extremely time consuming to create. It can also be very time consuming to weed through all of them. Here, I’ve cut down some of the work for you. The following are some great sources of educational videos which you can use to introduce or supplement a lesson. I threw in a few personal favourites of mine, too.
With over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, AsapSCIENCE is one of my personal favourites. I first discovered this gem while watching the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games on CBC. Using whiteboard animation, the videos feature a variety of topics within science. The language and content is easy to comprehend- there is very little scientific jargon. The Toronto-based channel also has a Twitter page, perfect if you enjoy scientific humour.
You can’t compile a list of educational videos without Bill Nye! His 30 minute programs focuses on teaching natural science to children. The series and the catchy theme song was a real hit with everyone when I was in elementary and high school. I have always been particularly fond of the parody songs that accompany each episode!
Run by brothers Hank and John Green (aka the author of The Fault in Our Stars), this channel features videos on a wide variety of topics, such as psychology, literature, biology, and world history.
Khan Academy is one of the most well-known resources available online. Originally, Khan Academy started up as a YouTube channel. Now, they branched out onto their own website, offering free educational videos for everyone worldwide.
Similar to the style of ASAPScience, MinuteEarth features short animated videos about planet earth.
TED Talks are usually the first types of videos that come to mind. For senior students, some of the TED Talks are perfect for this audience.
WatchKnowLearn is a great website in which teachers can access thousands of videos across a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. The videos are peer rated and sorted into a large directory and categories.
Michael Stevens, the creator of Vsauce, creates videos that pose a number of intriguing questions (think inquiry). For example: why are things cute? Why is yawning contagious?
The education section of YouTube contains a wide variety of resources that are further divided into grade levels and subject areas. The videos come from a wide variety of channels.
Lastly, here is a website with a very comprehensive list of sites for educational videos.
What are some of your personal favourites? Let us know in the comment section below!