April 22, 2016 Blog
Most people think of YouTube as a source for entertainment, but it can also be used as a great educational resource. Here’s our list of 6 of the best YouTube channels that teach about a wide variety of subjects and provide quality entertainment.
In a Nutshell makes animated videos about the scientific mysteries of the world. Their vibrant animations make science beautiful. They have a knack for explaining complex ideas in simple terms as they tackle conundrums and misconceptions in the world of science, like black holes, nuclear energy, and the fate of the universe. In this video they talk about the Fermi Paradox, which explores the scientific likelihood that aliens exist:
The Brain Scoop is run by the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of the Museum of Chicago. She shares cool things that she finds in the museum collection, like mummies, dinosaur bones, and wildlife. The channel is a great resource for anyone interested in ecology, biology, or natural history.
In this video she talks about millipedes, some of the oldest and most mysterious creatures living on earth:
Veritasium is a science and engineering channel that explains tricky concepts by conducting experiments, which tend to have some electrifying results. They also do interviews with people making an impact on the scientific world.
In this video, he talks about how water jetpacks use Newton’s Third Law to propel people above water:
Nerdwriter is a video essayist who delves into specific, unexpected topics and elaborates on deeper meaning in everything from dancehall songs by Rihanna to modernist poetry by e.e. cummings. He does some science videos, but it’s his videos on art and pop culture that are particularly great.
This video, where he relates the structure of the Star Wars franchise to Charles Dickens’ serial novels, is a good example of his ability to find historical significance in unexpected places:
Crash Course is hosted by two brothers, Hank and John Green. They make upbeat, funny videos on a wide range of subjects like philosophy, literature, history, economics, and others. Hank and John have that rare combination of breadth of knowledge and humour that makes learning feel fun and easy. They pack a lot of information into their videos, but with the help of funny animations, thought bubbles, and quick-paced editing, they make information easy to digest.
Their video on Islam shows a knack for condensing complicated topics into videos that are as entertaining as they are informative:
Every Frame A Painting analyzes film form. The videos do a great job of narrowing in on specific elements of a film that control the effect it has on the viewer, but that the viewer isn’t likely to notice on their own. If there’s one thing his videos show, it’s that blocking, composition, colour, pacing, are all tools at the filmmaker’s disposal, and a masterful filmmaker can use all these elements together to tell a story.
In this video, he talks about how Jackie Chan uses different filmic elements to make a seamless blend of action and comedy:
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