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John Green Hints at “Full Curriculum” for Popular “Crash Course” Series

Launched in 2011 as a part of YouTube’s $100 Million Original Channel Initiative, Crash Course, co-created by John and Hank Green (brothers noted for their VlogBrothers YouTube channel) has been consistently supplying the Internet community with fascinating, funny, and highly engaging academic videos.  As of May 2016, the channel has well over 4 million subscribers, more than 200,000,000 views, and is beginning to make a very prominent presence in classrooms worldwide.  The site tackles a range of subjects, from World History, Economics, Psychology, and Literature, to Astronomy, Anatomy, Biology, and Physics.  Each video is fast-paced, full of fun facts, and includes animations to provide entertaining context.  If you’re not using these in your classroom, you should be.  And it looks like the Brothers Green are about to make it much easier for you to do so.

On April 29th, with few-to-no accompanying details, John Green took to Facebook and Twitter to announce the future release of a “full curriculum,” using the Crash Course video series, complete with “lesson plans, primary source collections, [and] prompts.”  See the post here:

At present, the only elaboration he’s made to this was in reply to Twitter user @justjjjustread’s follow-up question below:

This is incredibly exciting news, but leaves a lot of questions!  Will these lessons be standards-aligned?  Differentiated?  Which grade levels?  Are there plans to expand the curriculum past World History?  Crash Course has worked on similar projects before, but none with such detailed prospects for direct classroom use.  In 2014, funded by a grant from one of Bill Gates’ organizations, Crash Course created a 10-episode season for the Big History Project.  It’s clear Crash Course is looking to expand its programming, too, indicated by the recent push to garner funds for their Patreon campaign, which as of May 2016 has over 7,000 donors.  Other recent developments include Crash Course Kids and a partnership with PBS Digital Studios.

If you’re brand new to Crash Course, check out a small sampling of their videos here:

How to Argue - Philosophical Reasoning



Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance

Written by Keith Lambert, Education World Associate Contributing Editor

Lambert is an English / Language Arts teacher and teacher trainer in Connecticut.

Compiled by Keith Lambert, Education World Associate Contributing Editor

Lambert is an English / Language Arts teacher and teacher trainer in Connecticut.

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What would you like to see a Crash Course video on?  Are you excited by the potential of a full Crash Course curriculum?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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