Videos can be a powerful teaching tool and are a great way to appeal to the different learning abilities of students. Plus, they have the appeal of being on the big screen which students seem to really love even if it is only for a couple of minutes. I have not used any videos in my lessons yet, but do plan to in the future both to enhance current lessons, introduce new units and to offer students a break from lessons that is still educational.
Here is one site I actually learned about from some fellow students last year. The videos are short, colorful and cover a wide variety of scientific inquiries from a periodic table song, to answering questions like can plants think, does being cold make you sick and are silent farts worse (a question I’m sure middle schoolers would love to know the answer to). Their videos are colorful, and fun and they offer some really great information.
I’m also a huge fan of the channel called SciShow. Like AsapSCIENCE, they cover a wide array of topics many of which would be great to use in a classroom. They do videos on famous scientists, commonly asked scientific questions, and scientific phenomena – all in short entertaining videos that appeal to both the young and older crowd.
Another favorite of mine are videos and songs done by the band They Might Be Giants. They put out a great album called “Here Comes Science” a few years back and have numerous videos that go along with it. They actually have a YouTube playlist just for videos for their songs geared toward kids. I especially love “Why Does the Sun Shine (The Sun is Mass of Incandescent Gas)” and “Put It to the Test.” Entertaining and very very catchy.
I hope you’ll check out the links and find something that you like and maybe something you’ll even use in your classroom one day. Don’t hold me responsible if you can’t get the They Might Giants songs out of your head! 😀