Teachers around the country have turned to the Internet to find innovative ways to teach their students more about science. These days, the digital world is teaming with fascinating science-based resources that definitely help students of all ages grasp complicated scientific concepts and ideas.
Take a quick look at YouTube, for example, and you’ll see an endless supply of science-oriented documentaries, interviews, and short films that are designed to engage school kids more effectively than cut-and-dry projector slides or chalkboard diagrams.
Beyond YouTube, the Internet is a direct portal into millions of scientific papers and hundreds of science databases. It would take several lifetimes to acquaint yourself with just some of the cool science stuff that’s posted online these days. But you don’t have several lifetimes. You’re an overworked science teacher with limited time on her hands. How can you find the best resources for teaching science to your kids?
The following article contains a couple of cool digital resources teachers should think about incorporating into their next lesson plan.
Scientific YouTube Channels to Explore
Without a doubt, YouTube is one of the best online networks for teachers to use if they want to make their science lessons more engaging and student-friendly. One of the best kid-friendly science channels on YouTube at the moment is SciShow.
SciShow’s channel features videos that average between 3 minutes and 10 minutes in length. Each video focuses on answering a specific science-themed question or exploring an intriguing scientific phenomenon. Recent videos explore weird topics like how to survive a nuclear attack.
Another favorite is National Geographic’s YouTube channel. If you’ve come to love what you read in National Geographic’s magazine, the company’s YouTube content is very similar to what is found in-between the pages of this legendary publication.
More specifically, Nat Geo’s channel frequently releases short educational videos that center around a particular animal or region of the world. There are also many full-length National Geographic documentaries available via the channel as well, which makes Nat Geo’s YouTube profile an absolute treasure trove of fantastic educational resources.
The Understanding Science Website from UC Berkeley
Scientists at UC Berkeley created the Understanding Science website for teachers wanting to educate their students about the basics of scientific inquiry. What’s so great about Understanding Science is that it teaches kids about the different steps of the scientific method, as well as provides helpful information about how scientists conduct peer reviewed research studies.