One way or another, everyone uses YouTube these days. So, why not use YouTube to your advantage in the classroom? YouTube videos are a great way to show a visual, offer differentiation, or reinforcement at home. Here are our favorite channels to follow:
Mathantics – This channel is a humorous and a great way to reinforce math skills that you teach in class. They offer enough detail to make it interesting to students. We love the graphics and the costumes.
Khan Academy – This is a great YouTube Channel for older students. It is more to the point than Mathnatics. It goes into more detail, but the graphics really reinforce your teaching. This is great for extending the lesson at home. If students are struggling with their homework, these videos are a great refresher.
Crash Course – This YouTube Channel is great for all subjects in Social Studies. This means there is something even for you Economics, Government, and Psychology teachers! These videos are a combination of historical videos, animation, and interviews with funny hosts. They are not only entertaining, but also information packed.
Mr. Bett’s Class – This YouTube Channel is filled with music videos that tie history and pop culture. This channel does a great job parodying current music with historical events. Somehow he turns the famous “Let It Go” into a song about Roanoke.
Shmoop – This site does offer other subjects, but we really like their focus on historical figures in Literature. As well as their fun and imaginative way to explain how to write different types of essays. They make it fun and not as intimidating.
TED Talks for American Literature – This isn’t a direct YouTube link, but we still really like it for older American Literature students. This website picks classic American Literature and links them to YouTube videos from the TED talks. Check it out!
Bill Nye – Yes, this maybe the most obvious one because you grew up watching Bill Nye, but why not expose another generation to his great videos?!? They are still very relevant and a great, fun way to expose kids of all ages to Science
It’s Okay To Be Smart – PBS hits a homerun again with this YouTube Channel. This is another great channel for all ages. There are so many fun graphics and the funny narration keeps students engaged. These videos do a wonderful job explaining more complicated topics to students.
These YouTube Channels are our favorite, but these are just the beginning. Each of these channel’s offer their favorite related YouTube channels on a sidebar. So if you see any you really like, please email us and we can add them to our list. GradeATeaching@gmail.com