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5 tasty YouTube channels perfect for history geeks

Yup. I’m a history geek. I’m a member of the History Book Club, I love maps, I stop and read every historical marker before driving past, I spent most of a morning three weeks ago quizzing the docent in the Northfield, Minnesota history museum on the 1876 raid by the James Gang, and I have the Band of Brothers DVD series memorized. So where do I go when I need a good YouTube video? Here are five very sweet YouTube channels that are great places for you and your kids. HipHughes History Keith Hughes has taught US History and Government and AP American Government for the past 15 years as well as edu classes in New Literacy and Technology for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo. HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. So sit back and enjoy the antics of HipHughes as he melds multimodality into a learning experience. Crash Course – US History Six awesome courses in one awesome channel. This one focuses on US History. Crash Course – World History This one focuses on, wait for it . . . World History. C. G. P. Grey Complex things explained. Very cool videos on a variety of topics. History geeks will start with the history ones but don’t be afraid to branch out. Horrible Histories Hilarious history videos from the BBC. And almost all of them historically accurate! Copycat Horrible Histories The BBC Horrible Histories generate so much traffic, others have jumped on the bandwagon. Need an extra bonus additional channel? Vsauce Our World is Amazing. Mind-Blowing Facts & The Best of the Internet. Enjoy!

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  1. Thank you for the suggestions Glen. I will be checking these out soon. BTW, I use the BBC’s “Horrible Histories” in every unit; my seventh graders particularly love the Athenian/Spartan wife swap; so clever, authentic historically, and well done! I also love You Tube for some excellent documentaries clips as well as some fun things. Two example of the later is M~M~M Macedonian song to the tune of “My Sharona” and Cleopatra to the tune of Fergie’s “Fergilicious,”

    April 3, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the ideas about the songs! And I love “Horrible Histories” and glad your kids love them too. Have a great week!


      April 4, 2013
  2. HipHughes here, thanks for the shoutout Virtual Glenn! I can see you have quite the layered collection of awesome posts. Il be digging through your arsenal of goodies for sure. Hashtag Awesome.

    April 4, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for dropping in! I love your stuff. Keep up the great work!


      April 4, 2013
  3. Philip Pulley #

    FYI, the Crash Course World History has 42 videos, bundled here:—43966

    The US History series is at 9 as of 4/4/2013 and growing. Bundle:—128969

    Have non-history teacher friends? John also does a series on literature (8 to date) and his brother Seth has biology, ecology and chemistry.

    April 5, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the links to your video bundles – Makes it easy to find and grab! And with the Common Core ELA stuff coming down the road, the literature pieces might be pretty handy as well.

      Have a great weekend!


      April 5, 2013
  4. Be careful using the crash course videos with younger kids for world history, as much as I love them there are some innappropriate references and words, preview first and you can always fast forward those parts.

    April 15, 2013
    • glennw #

      Yup. Previewing any video is always a good idea! Thanks for the reminder.


      April 16, 2013
  5. tyler #

    this is great!

    August 29, 2013
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