A Crash Course in “Crash Course”

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Louisa Ulrich-Verderber

Ever find yourself on the internet aimlessly clicking to find great, engaging content?

Though you can probably get lost here on Ever Widening Circles, today we want to send you in the direction of some other great, intelligent web content!

Image: Crash Course Big History Banner
Source: CRASH COURSE

Over the past few months, I have become hooked on a YouTube channel called Crash Course, hosted by brothers Hank and John Green, and a cast of guest hosts! Today on EWC, we will start you on a journey, with some of our favorites.

Crash Course has a huge range of videos that deal with world history, chemistry, biology, literature, politics, and everything in between! This channel is right up our alley and bound to be a winner with anyone you know with a curious mind. The videos are funny, informative, and super engaging.

So without further ado, I’d like to share some of my favorites here in hopes that you will love them too.

Let’s begin with the beginning, with a Crash Course in the Big Bang!

Here’s another video I highly recommend that I think exemplifies why this channel is so engaging, taking topics we don’t necessarily think of as “entertaining”and making them exciting to learn about!

I hope you enjoyed this crash course in Crash Course!

Here’s a pro-tip for parents:

My mum, Dr. Lynda (founder of this website), was a great one for trying to spend time with us even as she worked long hours and still ran a household. When we were in our tweens, she started laying back on the bed with us for an hour at night watching interesting things like Crash Course, TED Talks, and Kahn Academy videos together.

We would all be entertained and learn something, then could have a little chat about the wonder of it all before going to sleep.

Technology was a way to connect, not an isolating medium. (Part of my mum’s mission with this website!)

It was a great way to wind down at the end of a day. She could spend time with us with her feet up.

Even after we stopped doing that in the evenings together, both my brother and I kept up the habit of watching interesting web content like this with our spare time, and neither of us ever did gravitate to facebook or the wacky stuff on the web.

Now we tell our mum about the great things we stumble on and she shares them with you in many EWC articles!

You can still guide kids age 8 to 12 onto the web in a great way like this. If you know kids that age, just starting their independent tech lives, spend time with them on Crash Course to start with. Let it start some dialogues. Listen to their opinions and both of you will be transformed, together. 

We also have a whole page here on EWC dedicated to articles we have curated for educational enrichment. Almost all of those articles contain something like an entertaining Crash Course video!

Check those out with a special kid.

And keep asking better questions!

-Louisa

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