Education Media Revolution: Smarter Every Day

Continuing on our journey through some of my favorite YouTube educational videos we have discussed Thug Notes, C.P.G. Grey, and Crash Course brothers John and Hank Green. ¬†Today we’ll talk about Smarter Every Day.

Smarter Every Day:

Smarter Every Day is a science based YouTube channel that features a dad who explores super interesting science based questions like how does a cat always land on his/her feet (physics) and the slow motion action of a AK-47 underwater. ¬†He states that he took the money he would have saved for his kids college fund to make science videos that would educate the world; hoping that eventually his videos may make back the funds he spent (you can use a link to donate to his children’s college fund if you like after watching his videos). ¬†I think he does a fantastic job of explaining science in a way that is interesting and practical for students and adults alike — he takes the science and SHOWS you how it works. ¬†His videos are family friendly as well, so no fear of showing these videos to your little ones!

Here is the Cat Drop video

(NO CAT was harmed in the making of that video, they used a stunt cat — I mean landing on their feet is what cats DO thanks to physics!):

Here is the AK-47 videos:


Education Media Revolution: Crash Course

I began writing about some of my favorite educational sources on YouTube in August, and then got caught up with trying to start being a PhD student again. ¬†However, there are a few more video makers I’d like to highlight in the coming weeks to help any educator out there find some great media to use in their classrooms.

So far we’ve spoken about Thug Notes and CPG Grey.¬†Today I’d like to highlight the great brothers of Crash Course.

Crash Course!

John and Hank Green create these fantastic videos about either History/Literature (John Green) or Science (Hank Green). ¬†The videos are top notch productions that give a very “cliff notes” type survey of a particular topic. ¬†I stumbled across them while teaching adults, and I love that they put little adult centered easter eggs in the productions that will make you laugh. ¬†However, they are completely appropriate for teens and tweens and may help any person trying to learn a subject recall certain aspects of that lesson quickly due to the visuals. ¬†The brothers have tons of videos that will help out any History (word and U.S.), English (focused on literature), or Science instructor.

Here is one video on U.S. Reconstruction:

Here is one video on polar and non-polar molecules:

Women of Black History Month: Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison — Space Cadette

Image from Kids Britannica

“When I’m asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires — Mali, Songhai, Egypt — had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group”Dr. Jemison (source here)

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out … You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.” ¬†— Dr. Jemison (source here)

The video above is Dr. Jemison’s 2002 TEDTalk on teaching arts and sciences together. ¬†Oh my goodness — she is incredible! ¬†Really — watch this. ¬†Seriously. She really is an artist AND a scientist. ¬†

Dr. Jemison reiced her medical degree from Cornell and practices in several countries.  Dr. Jemison was the first African-American woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program in 1987.  On September 12, 1992, Jemision flew into space with six other astronauts on the Endeavor.

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