We’ve often wondered where our science curriculum would be without all of the free videos we find on the Internet. Not only do videos introduce a new voice into the classroom, they help us bring clarity to abstract concepts and present them in engaging (and often very entertaining) ways. So that you don’t have to spend hours perusing the Internet for the best videos to enhance your science curriculum, we’ve done it for you. Here are five of our favorites:
Enhance your science curriculum with 5 free science video series
VideoSci curates the best science videos from all over the Internet, so you don’t have to wade through the clutter yourself. Each video offers a brief synopsis along with a commenting and rating system. There is an extensive tag system and categories for exploring videos of your taste easily.
We’ve gushed over the Green brothers before (we’re big fans of their Crash Course video series), but we only recently discovered another series they’ve put together called SciShow. Like Crash Course, SciShow is substantive, but also entertaining. Their series offers a wide range of videos that cover anything from “The Science of Lying,” and “What is the Oldest Tree in the World?” to Great Minds, a series in which each episode highlights a new scientist.
The periodic table contains 118 elements and the University of Nottingham has made a video for each one! In addition to these videos, you’ll find films about other areas of chemistry along with the latest news and occasional adventures away from the lab.
Perhaps you’d like to take a 3D hike at Machu Picchu? Maybe you want to know how you can get an ant to carry a sign with a personalized message on it or know why a cat always lands on its feet? Smarter Every Day can help.
Minute Physics offers a collection of narrated, time-lapsed drawings to explain physics-related topics in roughly one minute. Henry Reich, the creator of the series, will cover anything from “How Big is the Universe?” and “Top 10 Reasons Why We Know the Earth is Round” to “Is There Poop on the Moon” and “Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?”