Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20 YouTube Channels for Social Studies

YouTube is a fantastic resource for schools to teach content and for students to learn content. For pretty much any topic you can think of, someone has made a video explaining it (which I greatly appreciate when I have had to replace parts in my clothes dryer three times in the last few years).

The same thing is true for social studies. YouTube hosts thousands of educational videos on history, politics, geography, and more. Some are created by talented teachers sharing their classroom creations with the world, while others are made by companies, museums, and more.

Recently I had the chance to curate a list of YouTube channels for a social studies inservice I was leading. Below are 20 of the channels I found that are worth checking out for your classroom if you teach social studies. I am sure there are many more channels beyond what I have listed, so I would love to hear about others. Please use the comments section at the bottom to share links to your favorite YouTube channel or playlist for social studies.

Hip Hughes History - https://www.youtube.com/user/hughesDV
Educator Keith Hughes covers US History, politics, World History, and more.

Mr. Beat's Social Studies Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/iammrbeat
Mr. Beat is a teacher who creates videos about history, with many of them incorporating music and song.

History Teachers - https://www.youtube.com/user/historyteachers
Although no longer making new videos, this channel has a wonderful collection of music video parodies that teach history (and are actually good).

Tom for America - https://www.youtube.com/user/tomforamerica
Educator Tom Richey provides history lectures for AP US History and AP European History.

That Was History - https://www.youtube.com/user/YaBigFreak
Cliff Langston and Jeremy Payne provide educational videos on topics including This Day In History, History Rewrite (Alternate History), History Deja Vu, and "top lists" to rank events from history.

AlternateHistoryHub - https://www.youtube.com/user/AlternateHistoryHub
This channel investigates the 'What If?" of history,  using knowledge of geography, population and other historical facts to see what could have happened if events changed.

CrashCourse - https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse
Videos on a wide range of topics including World History, US History, US Government, Politics, and Economics, as well as topics outside of social studies.

TED-Ed - https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation
TED-Ed creates excellent animated videos on a wide range of topics, including many that align with social studies.

Khan Academy - https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy
Khan Academy produces instructional videos on a wide range of subjects, including many that address social studies topics.

Extra History - Playlist link
Although the channel focuses on gaming, they have a massive playlist of animated videos for teaching a wide variety of history topics.

Biography Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/BiographyChannel
Thousands of video biographies on famous people.

Geography Now - https://www.youtube.com/user/GeographyNow
This channel aims to provide a video profile for every single country in the world.

The Great War - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar
Educational videos detailing the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918.

Associated Press - https://www.youtube.com/user/AssociatedPress
Daily breaking news and current events in politics, entertainment, sports, and more.

Seeker Daily - https://www.youtube.com/user/TestTubeNetwork
Videos on politics, society, life, and news.

US National Archives - https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives
Primary source historical videos from the US National Archives.

American President - https://www.youtube.com/user/MCamericanpresident
A video collection of presidential speeches and addresses.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - https://www.youtube.com/user/ushmm
Videos produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Choices Program - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheChoicesProgram
Video resources on historical and current international issues from the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University.

CGP Grey - https://www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey
Q and A videos on a wide variety of topics, with many related to social studies, politics, and history.

For more YouTube resources, see my page here: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/p/resources-youtube.html

Please use the comments section at the bottom to share links to your favorite YouTube channel or playlist for social studies.

Post by Eric Curts. Connect with Eric on Twitter at twitter.com/ericcurts and on Google+ at plus.google.com/+EricCurts1


  1. https://www.youtube.com/user/smartsongsmusic

  2. MrBettsClass is great for musical parodies related to SS also.