April 5 , 2016
A few weeks ago, we shared with you here in EdTech and mLearning a chart featuring some of the best YouTube channels for teachers. Following this post we received a couple of requests to include channels for social studies teachers. So we went ahead and curated for you the collection below. These are some of the popular YouTube channels where you can access educational video content related to social studies. We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues. If you have other suggestions to add to the list, share with us on social media. Enjoy
1- Mr.Beat’s Social Studies Channel
This is a very good YouTube channel created by a teacher called Mr.Beat in which he provides a wide variety of video content related to social studies. He makes engaging educational videos and uses music in almost all of his videos. ‘He has written songs about all of the Presidents and has created music videos for all of them.’
This is one of the most popular educational YouTube channel out there created by brothers John and Hank. It features video lessons covering different topics including world history, US history, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology and many more. Courses are arranged into various categories, check out the playlist to see what works for you.
3- TED Ed
Without TED Ed this list would be incomplete. TED Ed channel provides some amazing educational video content to use in your social studies class. Most of videos are short five minute long animations covering a plethora of topics from language to history.
4- That Was History
‘That Was History is an educational, history channel featuring videos about our world's history. We discuss topics from a range of categories including Military History, World History, US History, Political History, Entertainment History and more. ’
5- Geography Now
This is a great YouTube channel where you can access informative video content on almost all the countries of the world. You can use these videos with students to introduce them to the cultures, geography and traditions of other countries. Videos in the playlist are organized alphabetically based on the first letter of the country.
6- TestTube News
TestTube probes deep into topics making the news and provides explanatory and challenging commentaries on these topics. For instance, with the latest outbreak of Panama Papers scandal, TestTube News has this excellent video explaining what Panama Papers are all about.
7- Alternate HistoryHub
This channel provides challenging video content featuring alternative perspectives on a number of historical events. It’s What If video series approaches world history from a different angel and theorizes possible eventualities had an event been different. Examples include: What if Germany won War World II? What if the industrial revolution never happened? What if the Soviets landed on the moon first?