Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Start of the year! Woot! (and Crash Course videos!)

Howdy psych teachers! School started in my district yesterday - if you've started, hope you are having a great beginning!

I never expected this to happen, but I think my 12 year old shared a great psychology teaching resource with me! She asked me if I ever watched the "Crash Course" videos on YouTube, and whether or not I thought the psychology ones are any good.

I think they are very good! Hank Green (brother of John Green, who students and teachers may recognize as the author of The Fault in our Stars, and the narrator of other Crash Course videos) races through some great psych topics on the videos, including research methods, S&P, consciousness, and others. There are 17 videos so far in the psychology video collection:

The videos might be useful in psych classrooms as introductions to topics, or summaries, or possibly students could "check" Hank Green's summaries and connect his analysis with terms/concepts/studies from their textbook.

Last note: the online video system EdPuzzle might be useful as a way to insert questions into these (and other!) videos. If any of you use these videos, please sound off in the comments and let us know how it goes!

posted by Rob McEntarffer


Mrs. Welle said...

I love the Crash Course series, and last spring I created a post for my own students about how to use them when reviewing for the AP Psych Exam. I think there are some definite "do's" and "don't's" when using videos as a review tool, so check it out if you're interested!

Beth DesRosiers said...

I used a few crash course videos in my online psychology class this summer. The students loved them!