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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:

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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:

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Good Grief — This Week, What a World, What a YouTube

Oh dear readers. I’d like to apologize in advance for phoning it in this week.  See it’s my first week back in classes, and par for the course everything has gone wrong.  Yet everything started going wrong LAST week.  *sigh*   However, I have not forgotten about you and wish to keep you entertained.  So I let the dear fiance run amuck on the interwebs finding some of his greatest hits from the YouTube.  So I promise we’ll be back soon…but for now enjoy the sexiest gorillas you’ll ever see:

 

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Education Media Revolution: C.G. P. Grey Explains

So as you all know I am a PhD student, and having taught adult undergraduate courses  — I am ALWAYS looking for ways to allow my students to learn in a fun way.  Even non-traditional college students may not be in the class for the love of learning.  So sometimes you just have to find a way to capture their attention in a way that works.  I’ve found my savior in YouTube.  Over the next few Monday’s  I’ll be reviewing a few of my favorite YouTube channels for education.  They manage to make education informational, correct, but fun.

CGP Grey Explains

CGP Grey is a British YouTube video creator who specializes in educational videos that tend to focus on political science type topics.  I was introduced to him by the Dear Fiancé as I was struggling to teach my paralegal and business  students about election law.  He sent me the following video that explains gerrymandering, and it was so well done I built a lesson plan around it.  Lo and behold my students GOT IT!  They asked excellent questions, they were engaged, they leaned forward in their seats!

Any of you who teach know that that lean forward is money!   Here is a more current Grey video about the US Debt Ceiling:

Grey also utilize a companion blog for each video: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-debt-limit-explained.  Further he has a facebook, twitter, tumblr, and google+ presence (along with a website) that makes his tools very attractive to the modern student.   So I hope you can use and enjoy Grey as much as I do for not only classroom tools, but also because sometimes I need a better explanation of things for my own edification!  SO be sure to click the subscribe button on Grey’s YouTube page and follow his videos!

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Video Break: It Get’s Worse

From someone who worked retail all through college, during the summers through law school, as the only job I could get after being let go from the firm I worked for, and once I returned home before becoming a Magistrate.   Trust me on how TRUE this entire video is.  SO very true.  I remember the time a woman told me I couldn’t possibly be the manager when she asked to speak to my supervisor — I also recall my best friend at the time who was also a manager nearly yelling “Is it because she’s black?!”.   Yep…it gets worse.   To all those who are running a register, folding shirts using a folding board for the fifth time during your one shift, climbing a shady ladder to grab a super heavy box of breakable glass, busing a table that formerly held way too many toddlers, or trying to figure out why that lady who orders the SAME latte always holds up your line as if she’ll change her order — I salute you!

 

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Education Media Revolution: Thug Notes

So as you all know I am a PhD student, and having taught adult undergraduate courses  — I am ALWAYS looking for ways to allow my students to learn in a fun way.  Even non-traditional college students may not be in the class for the love of learning.  So sometimes you just have to find a way to capture their attention in a way that works.  I’ve found my savior in YouTube.  Over the next few Monday’s  I’ll be reviewing a few of my favorite YouTube channels for education.  They manage to make education informational, correct, but fun.

Thug Notes:

One of my new FAVORITES just on a personal level is Thug Notes.  This is a swag filled take off of the old school Cliff Notes.  Thug Notes reviews critical pieces of literature, utilizing current urban language and slang.  In all honesty they are totally legit, totally complete reviews in a way that some teens and young adults may actually identify.  The language could be iffy for some high school teachers, but for college I say go right ahead.   Here is his review of Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice:

Thug Notes currently has reviewed:

  • Jane Eyre
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • 1984
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Great Expectations
  • Lord of the Flies
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Crime and Punishment

Overall I very much enjoy the idea and premise of Thug Notes — and I hope some of you all will too.  So click that little subscribe button for Thug Notes and keep up with his innovative reviews!