18 Educational YouTube Channels to Watch as a Family

This is YouTube’s moment to shine

Erik Jones

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Millions of parents are collectively figuring out that keeping kids engaged and learning is hard, particularly while juggling working from home. As Shonda Rhimes said, teachers deserve a billion dollars.

Luckily YouTube has been here, patiently waiting for this moment.

If you know where to look, YouTube provides outstanding educational content to take in as a family when you want to take a break from navigating the 20 websites your school district is emailing you.

YouTube has virtually unlimited content, so the purpose of this article is to point you in the right direction towards channels that are perfectly built for this situation we all find ourselves in. Talented creators who have spent years putting out finely tuned and edited content to keep our brains growing and engaged. If your family likes science and creativity, these selections will be just right for you.

On the education vs entertainment spectrum, the bias of these recommendations is slightly towards entertainment. Khan Academy has hundreds of outstanding instructive videos for older students, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to watch them as a family (but certainly don’t let me stop you). These choices are geared to be widely appealing and great for sparking curiosity and conversation.

But first, a few notes on making the most out of YouTube and this list:

  1. Use a mobile device or computer to make navigating YouTube channels and playlists easier. If you want to view a video on your TV, cast it instead of using the clunky Smart TV based YouTube apps.
  2. Absolutely sign up for a free month of YouTube premium. You get access to YouTube Music and the ability to listen in the background on mobile, but by far the best part is not having to sit through any inserted ads. It’s $12/month after the free trial.
  3. For channels you like, always check out the playlists tab, which are made by the creators themselves and almost always have useful category or subject breakdowns.
  4. Also be sure to sort by “most popular” in the videos tab when further exploring a channel.
  5. If your kids are on…

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Erik Jones

Writing about podcasts and creativity. Check out https://www.hurtyourbrain.com/ to never miss an article and to get podcast recommendations that make you think.