Life is a constant learning experience, and I hope I never stop learning new things as I get older. It’s how we challenge our brains to keep moving and gain skills a lot of people don’t have. I thought I new everything in life as a teenager, but as I get older I realize how impossible it would be to know it all.
Still, the internet is a wealth of knowledgeable resources for those willing to look. If you’re not willing to look, I curated a few of my favorite informative, educational, and academic resources from YouTube.
YouTube is a great place to watch a video lesson that’s much more engaging that reading information in a stale book or blog like this one. I often use it to learn the next step I’m stuck on in any given project.
Here are the top 10 educational and informative channels on YouTube.
10. The Phil DeFranco Show
I know – DeFranco isn’t a scientist or professor or anything. But he does have a solid team that’s dedicated to delivering what they feel are the most important stories of the day. As you watch his channel, you learn a TON of information about YouTube, content monetization, and every niche subject covered. He’s also not afraid to take deep dives into important news stories to ensure you fully understand all the angles involved.
9. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education. This means its YouTube videos are condensed academic-level lessons on vital topics to understand in today’s world. It’s not the most entertaining of the channels on this list, but it’s absolutely informative and trustworthy.
Derek Muller created Veritasium to teach science and engineering to people. Think of him as YouTube’s Bill Nye or Mr. Wizard. He tackles the scientific angles of all sorts of new age subjects, like boredom, negative ions, and even the black hole everyone’s been going gaga over lately.
Taraz Kulakov is more of a product reviewer than teacher, but his lifehacks and real-world stress tests are a necessity. Whether you like to admit it or not, everything around you has a brand and was purchased at one point or another, even the parts that were used for something homemade. CrazyRussianHacker lets you know which products are worthwhile and which aren’t, before you waste your hard-earned money.
6. Verge Science
The Verge is a premiere destination for those interested in technology and science, and this is a hyperfocused YouTube channel created by the team to explore all the trending scientific topics that matter. Learn everything you need to know about one particular subject one Verge Science video at a time.
5. Crash Course
The team at Crash Course believes we should all be more educated, and they create great short videos to help. Subjects ranging from history to computer science, sociology, chemistry, anatomy, and more are laid out in plain English with a bright visual style that’s easy to follow.
4. National Geographic
If you haven’t already heard of National Geographic, how did you find your way under that rock? It’s a world-leading brand in exploring…well…the world. From breaking news to long-form documentaries and intro guides, every aspect of nature and the world around us is covered on this channel by a centuries-old society of scholars and adventurers.
3. Ted and Ted-Ed
TED Talks are amazing and always tackling new subjects. Meanwhile TED-Ed catches everyone up with what we already know. As an organization, TED loves school, teachers, and students, so it’s no surprised it created deeper lessons than our public education system on topics that may actually interest students…like the butt tuba…
SciShow’s team includes hosts Hank Green and Michael Aranda (along with other guest appearances) tackling the most pressing scientific questions around. There’s no subject too strange or question too complicated to be dissected, and the channel has a few more niche spin-offs because of its popularity.
1. The King of Random
Gran Thompson helped make MacGuyver cool again when he started playing with all the stuff around his house to show what really happens. It’s one thing to read a label on a bottle or can and a whole other experience to see the million reasons why we’re told not to do certain things. This DIY lifehack channel is a great visualization of all the instructions we’re bombarded with these days.