Did you know that on mobile alone, YouTube reaches more 18-34 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S? YouTube has become huge in terms of both usage and popularity and has stood the test of time since it first came into existence way back in 2005.
Almost one-third (over a billion) of internet users are on YouTube currently. With Cisco predicting that video will comprise of over 82% of all internet traffic by 2020, YouTube has nowhere to go but up!
Apart from being an entertainment juggernaut, YouTube is also one of the prominent sources of educational content. While teachers and professors use it to upload their lectures and teach students online, Edtech companies use it to showcase their latest products. People love it as a new Pew Research study that surveyed 4,594 Americans found that 51 percent of YouTube users use YouTube videos to learn new things!
As a result, a lot of Edtech YouTubers and YouTube channels have popped up on the platform in the past few years with millions of people viewing such videos every day. Below is a list of some of the best tech YouTubers everyone must subscribe to in 2020. No matter if you are a teacher or a student, these channels are surely going to help you out in learning something new every single day. So without further ado, let’s dive in…
Our Recommended Top 12 Edtech YouTubers & Channels:
1. Khan Academy
Kicking off our list is Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy was started way back in 2008 when Khan tutored one of his cousins in mathematics via the Internet using Yahoo! Doodle Images. Seeing the surge in demand for his tutorials, Khan soon started publishing his videos on YouTube. Khan academy’s videos and other materials have been translated into dozens of languages, with over 15 million people around the globe learning via Khan Academy each month.
With over 7500 videos spanning over subjects like math, biology, chemistry, physics, history, economics, finance, grammar, and many more, Khan Academy boasts of over 5 million subscribers on YouTube! They also offer free personalized SAT and LSAT practice in partnership with the College Board and the Law School Admission Council.
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Even though Eduptoia primarily focuses on education in K-12 schools, it widely covers a ton of different education-related topics for teachers as well as students. Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, Edutopia started off as a website which later got its YouTube channel in 2007.
Edutopia follows six core learning strategies- Comprehensive Assessment, Integrated Studies, Project-Based Learning, Social & Emotional Learning, Teacher Development, and Technology Integration. They routinely publish awesome videos on their channel is a must for every teacher in the K-12 arena.
3. Alice Keeler
A Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Innovator, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, and named the “Queen of Spreadsheets” by Google, Alice Keeler educates fellow teachers on the magic of mashing up education with technology.
An expert in Edtech integration, Alice assists teachers to learn Edtech tools to enhance their teaching process and build better relationships with their students. From teaching how to teach via Google Classroom to using Microsoft Teams for video sessions, Alice Keeler got it all covered in her fun and short tutorials on YouTube.
With over 11 million subscribers and counting, TED-Ed is arguably amongst the top educational channels on YouTube. With animation styles like no other, TED-Ed does a great job of explaining complex topics with interactive visuals and simple language. TED-Ed has a wide array of videos covering everything from maths, science, literature, and programming, making it a must-follow for people of all ages!
Smarter every day, as the name suggests, wants to make you smarter every day with the help of awesome science videos. Started by Destin Wilson Sandlinis, an American engineer, Smarter Everyday was launched in the early days of YouTube, way back in 2007. With over 300 videos and a whopping 8 million subscribers, Smarter every day continues to grow and educate people all around the world. Apart from Smarter every day, Sandlin also runs 2 other YouTube channels- The Sound Traveler and Smarter Every Day 2.
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With so much of our lives being governed by technology, it’s important that both students and teachers understand this new paradigm shift and use it to their advantage. Common Sense Education aims to do just that and more. The channel regularly uploads videos helping educators get familiar with digital learning and Edtech tools to engage students and teach them how to behave responsibly online.
At the same time, some of their videos are aimed towards students; guiding them through our new digital world via lessons on students’ digital citizenship skills, cyber-bullying, online privacy, copyright laws, and more.
Next up is Cult of Pedagogy, an educational YouTube channel for the teachers and by the teachers. Educator Jennifer Gonzalez started the website (along with the YouTube channel) seven years ago in 2013 and has gained a cult following in the education sector.
With some amazing tips on classroom management, instructional strategies, educational technology, education books, curriculum design, and more, Cult of Pedagogy is the go-to source for many teachers looking for advice and mentorship. By the way, in case you are wondering, “pedagogy” simply means the method and practice of teaching. You’re welcome 😉
Bridget Spackman is a teacher in Central Pennsylvania, a sponsored flex path student with Capella University and a YouTuber running the channel “The Lettered Classroom”. From school prep to reading assignments, Bridget shares all her tips and tricks about teaching in a fun, vlog-style video. Apart from her YouTube channel, you should also check out her website https://www.theletteredclassroom.com/ for amazing resources including a free teacher’s planner!
9. SXSW EDU
One of the top-rated Edtech conferences in North American, SXSW EDU (Southwest Education Conference & Festival) usually uploads hour-long videos from some of the best in the education industry. SXSW shares in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, and more and uploads the best of such events on their YouTube channel. Their videos are often thought-provoking and offer new ways of teaching and learning.
10. Big Think
Up next is Big Think, a channel that wants you to, well, think big. Big Think calls itself is the leading source of expert-driven, actionable, educational content and we agree! With guests like Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, Ricky Gervais, Neil Degrasse, Jordan Peterson, and more, Big Think covers a wide variety of educational content.
From the impact of artificial intelligence on the dangers of climate change, Big Think is your trusted source of all things knowledge. Head over to Bigthink.com if you want to learn more as they publish new informative articles daily. With over 2.7 million subscribers, Big Think is an educational YouTube you should not miss.
WeAreTeachers is a community for teachers and educators to help navigate the changing world of teaching and innovate together. The YouTube channels have a ton of inspiration for lessons as well as personal development content for educators.
Aimed at younger children, WeAreTeachers offers new ideas and tips to teachers on how to make the classroom interactive and form better relationships with the students. Also, they have an amazing website with a ton of resources you should not miss out on!
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is an association of educators who aim to improve education with the power of technology. With more than 100,000 education leaders onboard, ISTE informs all members about the educational issues of national and global scope. Their Youtube channel has a ton of conference videos, training resources, industry insights, and more.
There you have it, folks! This is our list of some of the best Edtech YouTubers and channels on YouTube right now. There are a ton of great EdTech YouTube channels out there, but we believe the ones listed above are at the top of the ladder. If we missed out on your favorite Edtech YouTuber or educational channel, do let us know by tweeting us @elink_io. Till then, happy learning!