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There really are just too many YouTubers out there that have fantastic educational content, so to add to other experts I’ve featured (VsauceSixty SymbolsCrash CourseTED-Ed60 SecondsSciShowC.G.P. GreyVi Hart, and Smarter Every Day), here’s another superstar educator of the interwebs.


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Alex Dainis seeks scientific answers to the questions that come from topical subjects. In this video, she uses science to try to understand the recent newsworthy discovery that Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism.
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*Disclaimer: For any of the channels featured here, check for content before showing to your students. The internet has a way of making people forget the importance of considering audience, and some videos geared towards learning are still not suitable for all ages.


Tow of our 10th grade students created a website as a project for the Paulo Freire Chapter of the National Honor Society. They created the website to provide access to information about bullying to their local student body, to provide classmates with an outlet for sharing stories about experiences, and to create a safe environment for anyone wishing to seek help. Check out the site and let them know what you think.

Edcanvas



Edcanvas allows teachers to bring together multiple sources of information to one place for student access. Taking the flipped model to another level, a teacher can use Edcanvas to easily guide any student’s individual learning by compiling related resources. To find out more, view the video below:

Bear 71



The National Film Board of Canada has some pretty amazing resources, but one that caught the attention of internet users around the globe, earning the group a Webby nomination, was the highly interactive, 20-minute documentary on Bear 71, “the true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by wild life conservation officers from 2001-2009. She lived her life under near-constant surveillance and was continually stressed by interactions with the human world. She was tracked and logged as data, reflecting the way we have come to see the world around us […] Turning the lens of technology on itself, Bear 71 examines the story of the bear through the digital interactive medium, creating a vivid technological interpretation of nature for us to explore, and for the bear to inhabit as she tells her story.”


Walk the halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, unencumbered by D.C. parking fines or annoying tour groups.

There really are just too many YouTubers out there that have fantastic educational content, so to add to other experts I’ve featured (VsauceSixty SymbolsCrash CourseTED-Ed60 SecondsSciShowC.G.P. GreyVi Hart, and Smarter Every Day), here’s another superstar educator of the interwebs.


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While he is certainly a scientist first and a rapper second, Michael Wilson uses the power of lyricism to explain even the most convoluted scientific concepts. Check out this rap on dark matter to see the most interesting blend of humor, education, and rap, unparalleled in our solar system, even if you search past Pluto (R.I.P.). 

image*Disclaimer: For any of the channels featured here, check for content before showing to your students. The internet has a way of making people forget the importance of considering audience, and some videos geared towards learning are still not suitable for all ages.


If hitRECord’s tiny story collaborative impresses you, you should check out The Creators Project’s story, “The Carp and the Seagull.” This film by Evan Boehm is actually a blend of storytelling, art, and innovative technology that creates an interactive experience for the user. “Journey into the dualistic world of The Carp and The Seagull, where Masato a village fisherman comes into contact with a Japanese spirit being, the Yuki-Onna. Explore the interactive spaces that inform the narrative in this user-driven online experience. The Carp and The Seagull is a narrative experiment using WebGL and HTML5 technology, that immerses users in an online storytelling space and lets them investigate an authored environment to reveal hidden surprises. Follow Masato as he journeys across two worlds, the calm serenity of the natural order and the chaotic abstraction of the spirit world.”


In The Atlantic article, “How to Stop the Bullies,” Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy,” writes about how experts at Facebook, computer scientists at MIT, and even members of the hacker collective Anonymous are hunting for solutions to the increasingly tricky problem of limiting the impact of cyberbullying. Check out her article or book for great insight into the complexity of social interactions that affects our students. Also, check this video of her interview with Dan Savage or this summary of the guiding research of her book.  

Tap to Learn



Tap to Learn is a series of applications made for the iPhone and iPad to provide engaging methods for early learning. The games build skills in mathematics, grammar, geography, the periodic table of elements, and spelling.

Explore the Solar System with NASA



"A national team of educators and scientists worked together to create this one-stop shop for NASA solar system exploration education resources. This best of collection includes teacher-approved lessons - sorted by curriculum standards or by quick categories - and clear signposts to the entire NASA education network. NASA continues its tradition of supporting the educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.” Resources are broken down by grade level (as low as first grade) and standard.
Match that exploration with these images of space from JPL and NASA.


Nominated for multiple Webby awards, this beautiful, interactive documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum allows the user to explore the decisions that caused intense struggle for important and powerful minds of the time. Clouds Over Cuba is an incredible platform for exploring this time period in the manner of a historian.

There really are just too many YouTubers out there that have fantastic educational content, so to add to other experts I’ve featured (VsauceSixty SymbolsCrash CourseTED-Ed60 SecondsSciShowC.G.P. GreyVi Hart, and Smarter Every Day), here’s another superstar educator of the interwebs.


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Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.
Check out the trailer below.
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*Disclaimer: For any of the channels featured here, check for content before showing to your students. The internet has a way of making people forget the importance of considering audience, and some videos geared towards learning are still not suitable for all ages.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, also known as Tommy Solomon, runs a company with his brother called hitRECord (when he isn’t starring in blockbuster films, like Inception, Looper, The Dark Knight Rises, etc.). hitRECord is an open collaborative production company, where anyone with a bit of creativity and online access can essentially “work" for regularJoe and his bro. The collaborative has made films, records, and books, including this wonderful storytelling project called, Tiny Stories.

Tiny Stories (there are currently two volumes, with a third to appear soon) combine image and incredibly succinct language to bring incredible meaning to a completely collaborative art form.
 
These stories serve as a wonderful model of literature that is more than words on a page. Tiny Stories are not defined by those who first create them; any user can manipulate an image or the language associated with an image, to reflect his or her unique creative expression. If kids submit by July 1st, they may actually become a part of a published work that touches readers around the world. 


This online bullying simulator takes the user’s actual facebook page and creates an online scenario in which the user is aggressively cyberbullied by actual friends. This campaign from Sweden is now only a demo, but still freely available. The simulator makes it possible for just about anyone who uses it to recognize how damaging online bullying can be. If we think this generation is apathetic to the impact of their words online, campaigns like this one may be the only way to turn that apathy to empathy.

Udacity



Similar to CourseraMITxSkillshare, and other online higher education courses I’ve discussed in the past, Udacity creates engaging college-level coursework that can help high school students wishing to get ahead and test the waters of university rigor, college students seeking course alternatives to those available face to face, or professionals looking to update or learn new skills. The courses are far more affordable than the usual college course, but anyone interested should first check to verify that a course is transferrable into any potential future programs of study.
Also, check out these 700 free online courses, these 300 free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from renowned universities, or Stanford’s Venture Lab - an actual Stanford course on creativity that finishes with an authentic certificate - while you’re at it.

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