Category Archives: YouTube

Can you solve this?

Have a go at this – pause at 1:30 and get chatting before moving on! Another great video by Derek Muller (@veritasium), and will be useful in discussions of the scientific method, hypothesis testing and the nature of science.

A no is usually more useful than a yes

Amazing T. rex Illusion

This illusion rocks. See if you can work out how they did it before you see the ‘reveal’.

For more amazing illusions, see the archive of winners and entries in the ‘illusion of the year‘ contest.

Crash Course: How to Speak “Chemistrian”

In our Grade 9 Chemistry class we think of the subject as a great puzzle, leveling-up as we add new concepts. The key to the puzzle is the periodic table: learning your way around – and how describe what you know and interpret the descriptions of others.

In this video, from the Crash Course Chemistry series, Hank goes over:

  • Determining Formulas and Names of Monatomic Ions 2:06
  • Finding Cation-and Anion Forming Elements on the Periodic Table3:29
  • Writing Formulas and Naming Transition Metals 4:02
  • Naming Acids and their Anions 5:35

Your Brain: By the Numbers [Video]

Here’s a collection of interesting brain facts from PhD Comics’ YouTube Channel. Could be a useful starter for E5 Human Brain - practice with calculators to convert all the imperial values to metric.

10 Amazing Illusions from Quirkology [Video]

Here is a collection of really simple illusions (including the Hermann Grid) from Richard Wiseman at Quirkology. A nice link to E2 Perception of Stimuli and TOK. Can we really trust our senses?

 

Fossil Rock Anthem!

Another great parody by Tom McFadden. Rock on, we shovelin’!

Hank blossoms with Plant Science

Crash Course & SciShow Hanks’s last couple of videos have been on Plant Science: transport and reproduction. Head on over to the main Plant Science AHL page  for the topic for the presentations and resources.

Birds of Paradise Project [Cornell Ornithology Lab]

Thanks to Celia, our librarian (@CeliaSchatzky) for sending me this!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (@CornellBirds) and National Geographic have been working on this documentary on the Birds of Paradise. A great connection to E6 Further Studies of Behaviour and the importance of protecting habitats.

Check it out (and then spend the rest of your day on their YouTube channel)

While we’re at it, here are the Lyre birds again, from BBC Worldwide.

Red Bull Stratos – Jumping from the Edge of Space

Felix Baumgartner is ready to jump! Follow the live feed below, or on the Red Bull Stratos website. His aim is to jump from the edge of space, breaking the sound barrier in freefall. Whoo!

Here’s a CGI simulation of what’s expected:

HBO’s The Weight of the Nation

This full four-part HBO documentary series is online in full on the HBO Docs YouTube Channel. Although aimed at a US audience, the messages are universal. The website for the series has lots more related short clips and resources that might be of use in class.

For more resources on Energy in Human Diets, go to the Option A: Nutrition and Health resources.

Part 1: Consequences

Part 2: Choices

Part 3: Children in Crisis

Part 4: Challenges

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My Rant

Kudos to HBO for making this available on YouTube worldwide.

For what it’s worth, I think all TV production companies should be hosting their documentaries – especially those on important social and environmental issues – online for free. At the very least, make episodes available for a minimal ($1?) purchase fee on iTunes.

I bet most people wouldn’t choose to download media illegally if access was easy and affordable. It reminds me of this cartoon from the Oatmeal.

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