Best of BCcampus – Our Big List of Online Videos and Channels

Over the summer, we have been highlighting a series of our best and most interesting posts we’ve published this past academic year. We had fun writing them, so we hope you enjoy reading them.

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For this edition, we’re focusing on online video. We started with YouTube – where over 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. And, over 4 billion hours of video are watched each month.

In March, we brought you seven of our favourite channels to make you smarter. Below are three that we bookmark and visit regularly:

  • KHAN ACADEMY – With a library of over 4,000 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
  • EDUTOPIA – Edutopia shines a spotlight on schools and districts that use evidence-based strategies to improve learning and engagement for students.
  • TED-Ed – The bright minds behind Ted-Ed pair extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a library of educational videos.

In April, we brought you our Top 10 Science Videos from Astronomy to Physics. Below are three picks that we’ve watched numerous times and leave us wanting more.

  • A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space) – Recorded in 2011, this HD footage offers a dazzling tour of our planet.  These time-lapse sequences of photographs were taken by the crew onboard the International Space Station.
  • Nature by Numbers – Since the beginning of time (well, almost) famous artists, writers and architects have relied on mathematical and geometrical formulas like the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Ratio.
  • Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking Remixed – With over 8 million views on YouTube, this Symphony of Science video, titled ‘A Glorious Dawn’ is described as a ‘musical tribute to two great men of science.’

In May, we listed some of the best FREE platform alternatives to YouTube. While BCcampus and partner institutions are looking for a shared service solution to video hosting using Kaltura, we presented some interesting cloud-based alternatives.

We highlighted the ones that have an educational component. Below are three that we can’t live without:

  • Videojug is a video-sharing website with over 60,000 FREE, professionally produced how to videos and guides.
  • Vimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work.” This site has become a centralized space for people to upload HD quality videos.
  • WatchKnow – Over 50,000 free videos for K-12 students indexed by subject. A fantastic educational resource for teachers, students and parents alike.

Mark your calendar for our final Best-Of BCcampus post: August 28.


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