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7 Educational YouTube Channels

Written by 17 February 2012

YouTube is packed full of great content for educators and students.  A few great things about online videos...

  1. there are a lot of them out there.
  2. they cover a wide range of subjects.
  3. they are free!

Here are, in my opinion, some of the best YouTube channels where teachers can find good quality, relevant information to engage their students in the classroom.7 Educational YouTube Channels

National Geographic- National Geographic's YouTube Channel is one of the best places to find videos for your science classes. All of their videos are well-made, high quality pieces that are sure to grab the attention of your students. With nearly 3000 uploads, National Geographic definitely has something you can use.

Discovery Channel- If you're looking for some entertaining yet educational clips, Discovery's YouTube channel will not let you down. Discovery Channel uploads clips from their most popular shows that your students will love watching. Be sure to check out episodes from their show How Stuff Works (very interesting!).

Smithsonian Videos- From history to art & design, you can find many great videos on the Simthsonian's YouTube channel. Playlists on their channel are well organized so you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily. Also, If you've never taken the virtual tour of the Smithsonian, take a look at my other blog post on virtual field trips.

American Mu7 Educational YouTube Channelsseum of Natural History- All you science, biology and geography teachers must check out this channel. At AMNH's YouTube channel you can learn about anything from the human brain to Space. Be sure to stop by and see their "Dinosaurs" playlist to get a look behind the scene of the museum's massive fossil collection.

Khan Academy- From biology to calculus, you can find instructional videos on just about any subject at Khan Academy's YouTube channel. Even if you don't have enough time to show your students this channel in class, I strongly encourage you to tell them about it so then can browse through it on their own. The channel can be indispensable as they work their way through high school and even college.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Need I say more? Here you can get free access from some of the top educators in the country any time you wish. With an extensive library of nearly 1900 videos, they not only have the quality lectures that you're looking for but enough of them to keep you busy for a while.7 Educational YouTube Channels

Reel Nasa- If you're looking to take your students beyond the textbook when learning about Space, Reel Nasa is the place for you. Get a first hand looks at the inside of the International Space Station and see out the windows to the incredible view of the Earth.

SimpleK12- If you haven't come upon our YouTube channel before, be sure to take a look. On our channel you can find content on some of the most popular topic for educators today, like: keeping your students safe online, online publishing, Google and much more!

What other great YouTube channels should teachers know about? Share your favorites in the comments section below.


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  • ana said:

    Should it be possible to have access to Pinterest, to be able to share your information? thanks.

    Kimberly Reply:

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks for the suggestion. We’re working on adding that as a share icon on our blog posts. I suggest you install the “Pin it” icon on your browser. Makes it easy to pin just about anything and everything!


    Glad you are enjoying the blog post,


  • D Guy said:

    We also like this one because it has puzzles, math card tricks, brain teasers and paper crafts made for teachers.

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  • Michael said:

    Here’s one of my favorites:


    tampa1401 Reply:

    The vlogbrothers have two new channels that are educational – SciShow and Crash Course – see http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers?ob=4&feature=results_main. Educational, funny and geeky – all good things!

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