Category Archives: CrashCourse

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

Crash Course Ecology: 12 Videos with Hank Green

I’ve featured Hank Green’s Crash Course Biology here a number of times and many of his videos have been embedded into the topic pages for the IB Biology course around this site. Prolific as he is, his ‘Crash Course Ecology’ series has just finished, so here are 12 episodes that pull together elements of the the Core and Option topics (as well as a lot more).

The full playlist is here: Crash Course Ecology. It’ll take about as long as Avatar to get through it all, and you’ll learn more about environmental change, impacts and solutions.

Episode 1: The History of Life on Earth

The rest of the episodes are linked after the jump.

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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.

Three World-Changing Biology Experiments

A quick overview of three experiments that helped advance Biology:

Evolution – it’s a thing. [Crash Course Biology]

Hank explains why evolution is true. A nice link to the ‘evidence for evolution’ and our TOK lesson “Just a theory?

Animal Development: We’re All Just Tubes! [CrashCourse Biology]

CrashCourseAnother enterucational video from Crash Course Biology, which links nicely to section 5.5 Classification (and a wee bit on embryonic development). Check it out:

This is the kind of content that would be useful as a flipped lesson on TED-ED.

Biology Crash Course | Entertaining 12-min Bio brain dumps!

CrashCourse Biology is a new(ish) and definitely more entertaining and engaging alternative to Khan Academy. Hank Green follows his brother John’s example (World History) and is producing some pretty funny, fast-paced and visual presentations for key concepts in Biology. One feature I like is the short ‘history of the idea‘ section in each video.

Here’s an example on the properties of water:

Another feature I like is that the video description has links to sections within the video, making review easier. He also includes a set of citations (more like links to follow to find out more). So although they can be embedded, you are much better off watching them on his channel.

Hank also has another channel, SciShow, which has short, sharp videos on science – whatever the topic. Here are a couple of examples from his playlist.

FoldIt (MrT’s favourite game):

And this on Mendeleev’s Periodic Table:

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I first heard about these channels via Fractus Learning, but didn’t get a chance to look until this weekend, searching for periodic table resources and Lewis Dots. When Crash Course popped up again, I figured it was time to have a look. 

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