Brothers John and Hank Green are two passionate learners (and teachers) reaching celebrity status on YouTube. Gaining initial success with their Brotherhood 2.0 project, where they ceased all text-based communication for the year and conversed only by video blogs on YouTube, they have moved onto bigger and better things with their latest project – Crash Course.
The YouTube channel features very engaging, funny videos from the brothers, where John discusses World History and Hank delves into the details of Biology. Videos are roughly ten minutes in length and are of extremely high quality. Slick animations, interesting locations and neat effects make for informative and captivating viewing.
John, the older of the two brothers, is not only a YouTube sensation, but is a New York Times bestselling author. Watching as he presents everything from “The Agricultural Revolution” to “Ancient Egypt” it is fairly clear this man has a way with words.
Hank, presents the Biology half of Crash Course with the same focus on humor and fun in learning. In competition with his brothers success, Hank has managed to launch a number of web start-ups and release three studio albums (really makes me wonder what I have been doing with my life).
Promising 40 videos in total these are an absolute must see whether you are a teacher, student or just ready for a good (educational) laugh. Your students will love these and if anyone asks you about the test, just respond In the the words of John Green:
“Yeah, about the test. The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world. And it will take place in schools, and bars, and hospitals, and dorm rooms, and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football, and while scrolling through your twitter feed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, make your life yours. And everything – everything – will be on it. I know, right? So pay attention.”
So, what do you think of these two charismatic geeks? And what other channels on YouTube does your class enjoy that you can share with us?