It’s dynamic. It’s entertaining. And it’s free. If you haven’t already added YouTube to your homeschool high school curriculum, consider this: YouTube EDU has over 10 million subscribers. Why? Because parents love the flexibility. Teachers love the value. And students love the engaging content. From coding and computer science to religion and the arts, YouTube has you covered.
Homeschooling has never been easier. Start with these favorites then browse on your own. And don’t forget to add YouTube to your 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum planner — your students will thank you.
1. Minute Physics
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because it’s cool and quick. Why overcomplicate? Even quantum mechanics fits seamlessly into your schedule when it’s explained simply. From Einstein to the Big Bang, get science in minutes with time-lapse drawings on topics your teens are already learning.
Must watch: Immovable Object vs. Unstoppable Force - Which Wins?
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because it’s written by educators and beautifully animated. You and your kids will enjoy watching these together, because TED-ed is committed to creating lessons worth sharing and ideas worth spreading. Browse subjects from business and economics to the arts.
Must watch: How Sugar Affects the Brain
3. Kahn Academy
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because Kahn Academy is not just a YouTube channel. It’s a vast resource offering free lessons, practice exercises and personalized dashboards for a custom education powered by contributions from strategists, scientists, content specialists and educators. Partner institutions like NASA and MIT offer even higher levels of learning.
Must watch: The Beauty of Algebra
4. Big Think
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because it hosts easily digestible and thoughtful material produced by industry leaders and prominent figures like Bill Clinton, Bill Nye and Bryan Cranston. Big Think wants their education to be fast, smart and applicable.
Must watch: My Man, Sir Isaac Newton
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because a Googol (not a Google) is bigger than the number of particles in the universe. Cool, right? Your kids will think so, too. Numberphile makes math infinitely interesting and completely relatable. Not to mention, it lays the foundation for dynamic careers in STEM.
Must watch: The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake
6. Geek Gurl Diaries
Subject: Technology and Computer Science
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because geeking out over technology (without a giant textbook) is fun. Creator and host Carrie Anne provides the tools, resources and inspiration to break into the tech industry. Give your kids a serious competitive edge with discussions, demos and hands on tutorials for programming and beyond.
Must watch: How to Set Up Your Raspberry Pi with the New Out of Box Software
7. Crash Course
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because it’s every favorite teacher you ever had all rolled into one enormously entertaining and thoroughly educational YouTube channel. With courses ranging in subject from history to biology to film, you have time to focus on other things — like how to scientifically cut a cake. Plus, Carrie Anne from Geek Gurl Diaries teaches a course in Computer Science.
Must watch: The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1
Why you (and your kids) will love it: Because Veritasium is science education made by an actual scientist. Physicist Derek Muller uses a variety of experimentations, dramatizations and expert interviews to explain the basic (and not so basic) fundamentals of science. His trademark videos exposing common misconceptions of science with the public may inspire your kids to uncover their own.
Must watch: Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect
Education as entertainment is not a new concept. But turning your attention from cat videos to math problems is. Join the millions of students already engaged, and integrate YouTube into your classroom today. For more (free) educational resources for all ages check out Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool.
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