Webshows that make you smarter

By on September 11, 2012

By Michelle Eigenheer–

Pay special attention to these Youtube webshows to spike your IQ.

Vi Hart, described on her YouTube channel as a “mathemusician,” creates videos that illustrate mathematical principles. Her videos, sprinkled with math humor, explain concepts that a lot of students don’t learn in high school math class. Hart dives into things like the math of spirals, proofs, the number phi, infinigons and the Fibonacci sequence in nature.

If you’re interested in math, this is definitely a channel to check out.

While The Lizzie Bennet Diaries isn’t packed with a bunch of information, it’s a new way to enjoy the classic novel. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a vlog (video blog) based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Instead of taking place in England, 200 years ago, it takes place today with Lizzie as a communications student. The entire series follows the novel with modern tweaks and viewer interaction through comments and responses.

 

Crash Course is an education series created by vlogbrothers John and Hank Green. John Green, popular teen author, teaches history while “ecogeek” Hank Green teaches science. Each video presents a different concept, like the Industrial Revolution, the immune system, the French Revolution or population genetics. If you’re having trouble understanding a concept, you want to learn about it in a different way or you just like watching animated videos about what you’re supposed to be learning in class, you should check out “Crash Course.”

“Sex+,” hosted by Laci Green, is a show that talks about relationships, body image, sexuality and gender. Green talks about a lot of things that people don’t talk about in general conversation but also encourages more openness about issues such as sexuality and sexually transmitted infections. With a relaxed feel and an attitude and vulgar language that many college kids can relate to, the videos are surprisingly not awkward to watch.Think of Sex+ as the sex-ed class that you never had. Green answers a lot of common questions about sex, sexuality and sexual health. She also answers viewer questions, if there’s something she hasn’t yet covered in a video.

Philip DeFranco is a YouTube celebrity who covers a wide range of “newsy type things.” From politicsand pop culture, to sports and entertainment, PhillyD presents news, along with his opinions, though he encourages other people to share their own thoughts, prompting his viewers with a question of the day. He also enjoys giving prizes to viewers, running from posters, to $100 gift cards, to game consoles.

After “The Philip DeFranco Show” took off, DeFranco started SourceFed, a channel dominated by “20 Minutes or Less.” The show is a news show with multiple hosts that present the news in short clips, totaling 20 minutes or less by the end of the day. The number of hosts means that even though there is a lot of opinion, it’s a bunch of different opinions. The young hosts make it an appealing show for younger people and the content is much like that of “The Philip DeFranco Show.”

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