How YouTube Can Make Your Kids Smarter – VidCon 2014

The 5th Annual VidCon was June 26-28 in Anaheim, California. Thousands of online video fans got to meet and hear from some of Youtube’s top vloggers, musicians, gamers, comedians, DIY guides, and make-up gurus.

Amongst the vast number of song parodies and cat videos, there is a lot to learn from online videos. Here are some of the best educational channels that made an appearance at this year’s VidCon.


Michael Stevens blows our minds with facts and science, explaining the way the world and even humans work. One of his newest videos explains what would happen if the Earth were to stop spinning. This one video (posted less than a month ago) has reached almost 4 million views! Take a look.

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Vi Hart

YouTube’s most popular (if not only) “mathemusician.” Vi Hart combines her love of music, her amazing doodling skills, and her remarkable knowledge in all things math, and brings us internet gold. Here’s one of her videos, dedicated to a circle constant.

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Henry Reich puts it best. Minute Physics is a collection of “cool physics and other sweet science.” Henry’s most recent popular video explains how far Legolas (the 500+ year old elf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series) can see.

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The Art Assignment

This YouTube channel, produced by PBS Digital Studios, goes around the U.S. to meet artists and solicit assignments from them that they complete. Curator Sarah Urist Green is the host of the channel. Some may know her as the wife of the popular author and vlogger John Green.

After finding out what the artists’ assignment is, Sarah educates the viewers on the forms of art that are reflected in their pieces. Check out the video and share your piece of art in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

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Check out some more great educational channels on YouTube

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