25 Must Watch Video Channels for Learning


Teachers, schools, and districts are ready to make the shift from the “why” to implement to the “how” to implement next-gen learning. And, for many “seeing” is more than believing. Seeing can lead to learning and understanding. In most cases when you are trying to learn something new, these days you don’t turn to turn to a manual… you turn to YouTube. So, we reached out to our readers, Getting Smart Teacher Bloggers and staff to find out where their go-to video channels for learning.

Teaching Channel. This thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques. WIth a library of 900 best-in-class videos of teacher practice, and 600,000+ members, Teaching Channel has emerged as a leading resource for education viewers.

Digital Learning Now, an initiative of The Foundation for Excellence in Education, has a video feed focused on the benefits of digital learning.

Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash is the best weekly resource for education policy from Capitol Hill. All4Ed also produces relevant, and consistently high quality webinars and and interviews on federal EdPolicy.

Opportunity Culture was launched by Public Impact to reach more students with excellent teachers, for more pay, within budget. Their YouTube channel is a great resource for school models that extend excellent teachers’ reach to allow increasing teachers’ pay.  

Little Shop of Writers offers fun, fast, informative writing lessons and tips for writers, and those who want to be.

BetterLesson’s Master Teacher Project partnered with educators from across the nation to create 16,000+ lessons covering Common Core math, Common Core ELA, next-gen science and blended learning.

The Office of EdTech at the US Dept. of Education has a robust library on YouTube of stories of edtech innovation that’s happening in schools across the nation.

Numberphile is YouTube channel, support by MSRI, that is all about numbers, their role in our lives and how they influence the way we understand the world. Accessible and engage even for English majors.

ISTE is the premier association for educators committed to improving learning with technology. Their YouTube channel is stocked with videos include coverage of their annual conference and updates in EdTech.  

MIT+K12 videos are for everyone who loves to learn and teach, dream and make. They produce Science Out Loud, a freely-accessible web series written and hosted by MIT students covering the science of humanoid robots, farts, and everything in between.

AsapSCIENCE is your weekly dose of fun and interesting science. Performers and scientists Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown are producers of this cartoon’d and light hearted approach to learning science.

MinuteEarth brings you videos featuring the science and stories of planet earth. Through animations videos breakdown the complex inner workings of our world through storytelling.

Veritasium is a channel of weekly science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.

Vsauce is a network of science and education channels on YouTube, comprised of Vsauce1, Vsauce2 and Vsauce3 with hyper-curiosity about the world while they look at everything with fresh, excited eyes.

Minute Physics features short videos (longer than 60 seconds despite its title) that dive into physics of everyday questions like why do bikes stay upright? And, how do airplanes fly?

Smarter Every Day. Charismatic Host Devin explores the world using science. Prepare yourself for videos that take a close look topics using slowmooooo.

SciShow explores the unexpected. Four times a week, Hank Green and Michael Aranda delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!

Crash Course is a multi-topic “crash course” series where hosts explore in depth a wide range of information including anatomy, physiology, astronomy, US government and politics, and economics in quick 10 to 15 minute episodes.

The Aspen Institute is the non-partisan home for some of the most important open-minded dialogue between thought leaders on how to achieve a better society. Peruse the catalogue of recorded live streams and presentations from Aspen Institute events for thorough conversations and insights.

Brooklyn Museum’s YouTube Channel features recorded conversations and insights into the museum’s rich artistic heritage and the unique experience of museum visitors.

Harvard University Press features convergent works in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, driven by the belief that books more essential than ever before for understanding critical issues facing the world today.

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science features topics and talks brought forth from British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins.

Spoken Verse has been touted by Roger Ebert as one of the richest resources on YouTube. This channel features readings of classic poems.

Common Craft with the guiding motto of “Handcrafted Vides for Educators” the goal of this channel is to combat complex issues using simple tools like hand drawings and plain language.

THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, ideas that will change your mind. THNKR features four original series:

  • BOOKD explores game-changing books through the insights and opinions of engaging personalities.
  • EPIPHANY invites impassioned thought leaders across all disciplines to reveal the innovative, the improbable, and the unexpected of their worlds.
  • PODIUM embraces the art of oration and conversation, honoring those with something to say. The series explores various genres of speechmaking and rhetoric, and provides inspiring, insightful analysis including “how-to” content.
  • PRODIGIES showcases the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.

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Tyler Nakatsu

Tyler Nakatsu

Tyler Nakatsu is passionate about storytelling. Follow Tyler on Twitter, @post_west.

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