Serve up Some YouTube EDU This Summer

The lazy days of summer are upon us, and as fourth of July approaches, that means only one thing for students: school’s out! While the much-discussed summer slide teachers and parents worry students will experience may very well be a myth, it never hurts for students to spend at least a small portion of their vacation time working their noodles.

Monday, NBC’s Stephanie Gosk posted a roundup of great YouTube EDU channels, and today we’re featuring a few of those and some of our own top choices on Technapex. After all, who needs summer shows like Dexter when there’s learning to do from Sal Khan, Steve Spangler, and of course, Big Bird?

The beauty of YouTube is that it’s either free or very cheap (some channels charge a few bucks a month to subscribe) and is chock-full of fantastic educational content for students and teachers alike to access and learn from. Creative teachers who have a little extra time on their hands during summer months can make the most of the much-deserved break by building their own repertoire of videos to share with not just their own students, but students around the world through YouTube. Educators can read more on YouTube’s Education page for more information. Administrators interested in setting up a YouTube Schools account, which provides controlled access of educational videos to schools, can learn more here.

Check out a sample of some of the great content on

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You TubeEDU below.

Khan Academy

  • Sal Khan’s bite-sized tutorials across all subjects are as prominent as ever on YouTube. Check out “SOPA and PIPA” below, one of his most popular lessons of all time and viewed by over 1.4 million learners.

HipHughes History

  • Public school teacher Keith Hughes has created a series of “history for dummies videos,” including U.S. history, government, world history, elections, and more. Check out the fun nod to Young Frankenstein in his video on the Scientific Revolution:

Scientific American Space Lab

  • The renowned magazine and blog on scientific issues has created a great resource in their YouTube channel all about outer space for students. The channel features gorgeous photo and videos of the universe, as well as an “ask the experts” series for students to ask their most pressing questions. Check out this cool map of the local universe:

The Spangler Effect

  • Science teacher Steve Spangler dropped his traditional teaching job to become a “celebrity” science teacher and YouTube sensation with his channel that aims to make science more high-energy through real-life experiments. In the mood for a sweet treat on a hot July day? Check out this video on homemade ice-cream:

UC Berkeley & MIT

  • Top universities UC Berkeley and MIT each created their own YouTube channels, which are among the most-watched in the higher education category. Each school features lectures of courses offered on campus, so students can watch the best professors in the world lecture about hundreds of given topics. Check out this popular course on general psychology:

Sesame Street

  • Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Parents will love the trip down memory lane, and a new generation of young students will fall in love with Big Bird, Elmo, Grover and the rest of the gang all over again. This time-honored educational program for young kids is a great option for pre-readers and preschool students — although parents must subscribe to the channel to view full episodes. Check out a clip of Count Count’s number of the day:

Readers, did we leave off one of your favorite YouTube EDU channels? If so, sound off in the comments below, or tweet to @Technapex or @ce_doyle. Have a happy and safe fourth of July and we’ll see you next week!

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.