Science & Numbers Galore: YouTube Rolls Out 6 New Educational Channels

YouTube’s new channel lineup isn’t just about entertainment—the video site is also striving to be one of the top online destinations for education. They’ve got a great selection of free courses from amazing schools like Harvard, Yale and MIT; in December they launched YouTube for Schools, a new initiative that strips away non-educational material to give teachers and students access to educational videos; and this week they launched a whole new lineup of educational channels.

YouTube’s new channel lineup isn’t just about entertainment—the video site is also striving to be one of the top online destinations for education.  They’ve got a great selection of free courses from amazing schools like Harvard, Yale and MIT; in December they launched YouTube for Schools, a new initiative that strips away non-educational material to give teachers and students access to educational videos; and this week they launched a whole new lineup of educational channels.

Angela Lin, Head of YouTube Education, introduced the six new educational channels yesterday on the YouTube blog.  She writes, “We here at YouTube believe that great educators can come from all walks of life, and we want to see more teachers – in the broadest sense of the word – turn YouTube into their global classroom.  The demand on YouTube for educational content – from math to science to history and beyond – continues to grow.  We did some math of our own recently, and found that the views of educational content DOUBLED in the last year.  We also found that nearly 80% of the views for this content came from outside the U.S., suggesting that our vision for a global classroom might be becoming a reality.”

The new educational channels run the gamut from world history to the cosmos, art, culture, numbers, science and everything in between.  The channels, which you can find out more about below, have been added at YouTube.com/education.

Crash Course – A crash course in world history brought to you by John Green of the vlogbrothers, which plans to tackle 15,000 years of human civilization over the next year

Deep Sky Videos – An exploration of non-comet cosmic objects from Brady Haran

Intelligent Channel – Luminaries in the fields of education, art and culture discuss topical subjects, including interviews with actors, comedians, directors, writers and musicians

Numberphile – Designed for people that love numbers, Numberphile, also from Brady Haran, will discuss the stories behind numbers

SciShow – Hank Green, the second half of the vlogbrothers, brings you SciShow, a channel aimed to teach scientific topics in an easy-to-understand way

The Spangler Effect – Brought to you by Steve Spangler, the guy that taught you how to turn Diet Coke and Mentos into an exploding geyser, brings you a channel that makes science approachable and fun

Check out an episode of Numberphile below and let us know what you think.  Which of these educational channels sound the most interesting to you?

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.