Science Videos

 

If you’re looking for science videos for teachers or students at your school, you could try Online School’s 100 Coolest Science Videos on YouTube, a list which covers Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Astronomy,Psychology, Genetics, Geology and Experiments. While this is only one person’s interpretation of what is a ‘cool’ video, it is a starting place.

The ABC website and Steve Spangler’s Science website both have a series of science videos from TV programs (not categorised), Dagger Biology has a series of animations to illustrate biochemical concepts, and Science Video Resources is a science teacher’s blog with links to excellent videos.

Teachers.tv

Teachers.tv also has a Science video collection under the topics of:

  • Chemical and material behaviour >
  • Energy, electricity and forces >
  • Environment, Earth and the universe >
  • Forces and motion >
  • Organisms, behaviour and health >
  • Evolution >
  • How science works >
  • Edublogs.tv also has a collection of Science videos, but it’s harder to find specific videos here as they are only categorised under the topic of ‘Science’.

    If you need more academic science videos for senior teachers and students, try DNATube, a scientific video site with the aim of making complex scientific concepts easier to understand.  According to the site editor  “As graduate students, we know that it is difficult to understand biological mechanisms by reading plain text, and we know that a picture says more than a thousand words. We believe the video-based explanations of biological concepts will remove the barriers in front of those desiring to enhance their scientific knowledge” (DNATube)  To find the best quality videos, you will need to check first, as the site has a mixture of high quality and poorer quality videos (see DNATube.com: YouTube for the TestTube Crowd) Categories with featured videos include: Experiments, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Organic, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Astrophysics, Geophysics and Archaeology, in addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    If you want to get really academic, you can try the YouTube EDU Science video site, which is a compilation of science videos from different universities (see my post from April this year)

    ScienceHack Logo

    One of the best sites I’ve found for finding science videos is a search engine called ScienceHack. The website claims that “every science video on ScienceHack is screened by a scientist to verify its accuracy and quality”, so it would seem that this should be a good search engine to use.  A tag cloud lists possible categories to select from, while under each category each of the different titles is listed. I did notice that some of the videos have been removed, so once again, check first before recommending a title to your students.