EP 164: Memorize Geographic and Math Facts Musically with Kids Learning Tube

In 2015, Kids Learning Tube was created, a YouTube channel that aims to “educate kids of all ages with original music and animation.” In the years since, it has grown to over 250,000 subscribers who regularly tune in to watch weekly videos about a wide variety of topics ranging from geography to the periodic table.

Today, there are almost 200 videos uploaded to the channel. Many of them focus on learning the geographic regions of specific countries, with the regions themselves singing and introducing each of them. For example, in a song about Sweden’s counties, one such county is given an animated face as it sings, “Norrbotten is my county name; in the north you’ll find me. Luleå’s my capital on the Gulf of Bothnia you see.” Each county introduces itself, and in the end, the counties come together for a jointly sung chorus. Such catchy tunes and clever animations keep kids engaged and eager to continue listening and learning.

Other videos focus on subjects such as learning anatomy, with different bones singing lyrics. Other memorable videos teach core concepts of physics, with detailed and technical songs about black holes and dwarf planets. For students interested in science topics, there is a suite of videos on concepts like the solar system and the Earth’s layers.

Memorizing facts and understanding concepts can be much easier for young students when said topics are presented in a format that makes it fun to engage with the content. This is exactly why Kids Learning Tube makes this type of content.

To learn more about Kids Learning Tube, visit their website at www.kidslearningtube.com or their channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7EFWpvc1wYuUwrtZ_BLi9A. To listen to the full interview with Matthew, check out the podcast below.


EP 163: English Tree TV - the Ultimate Learning Vehicle for ESL

English can be a notoriously difficult language to learn, especially for those who must learn English as a second language. But English Tree TV aims to combat this difficulty with animations, songs, and videos that teach basic English by encouraging students to engage with the videos.

The idea for English Tree TV was born as a result of its founder, Adam Williams-Walters, witnessing innumerable students struggle while learning the language at the public school in South Korea. After watching countless students struggle at the high school where Adam taught, he finally decided to build a solution. English Tree TV has since amassed over 185,000 subscribers in the past three years, with a cumulative 113,00,000 views on his more than 70 videos.

Adam also creates lesson plans, worksheets, games, presentations, flashcards, and other free resources that go hand in hand with the videos to help teachers and parents educate their students most effectively. The content is entirely free and available to anyone.

His videos are often nursery rhymes or creative songs that focus on different topics, including emotions, fruits, animals, numbers, colors, and other similar subjects that help kids learn the fundamentals of English. The repetitive nature of the lyrics along with the bright animations make each video memorable enough that the language lessons stick. For more advanced learners, some videos focus on full sentences and grammar.

To learn more about English Tree TV, visit the website at www.englishtreetv.com or the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4GaQ9fCH5IpAq1AImj7XuQ. To hear the full interview with Adam, check out the entire podcast below.


EP 162: Top Notch Early Education with Brain Candy TV

What happens when you combine math, dogs, and trucks? Brain Candy TV is what happens. This amazing YouTube channel is based entirely on learning math and science concepts by incorporating animations of vehicles and a cockapoo into early education to make it interesting and enjoyable for young kids.

The channel was founded by Michael Moore in 2014 with the goal to “jump-start your child’s education so they can grow up to be more confident and successful in school and in life.” Michael’s dog, Lizzy, is a staple in the show — 73% of videos feature her — to help preschool-aged children learn numbers, basic math, the alphabet, colors, and science topics. 3D graphics, comprehensible explanations, and music make potentially boring topics feel exciting. The channel now has over 130,000 subscribers and around sixty uploaded videos.

Michael Moore (the founder of Brain Candy TV, not the documentarian) left his work as a wedding photographer to dedicate his time to Brain Candy TV in order to leave an indelible mark on the world of education. He decided early on that his trusty cockapoo, Lizzy, would join him in his journey as a canine educator, so kids across the planet could watch and enjoy the videos all the more.

Michael plans to produce more videos involving science and nature and aims to create content in the near future for slightly older students. As he puts it, “as your child matures, so will our new content.”

To learn more about Michael and Brain Candy TV, visit http://www.braincandytv.ca/ or check out his channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/braincandytelevision/. To hear to the full interview with Michael, listen to the podcast below.


EP 161: Optimizing Schools with the Canvas Learning Management System

Rarely do we take the time to consider the invisible digital platforms that make schools run seamlessly — the technology allows students to stay on top of grades, classes, and homework. These Learning Management Systems have grown in quantity and quality as of late as schools and universities attempt to digitize everything. In this episode, we spoke with Hilary Scharton, VP of Product Strategy for K-12 at Instructure, to discuss their Canvas Learning Management System.

Canvas began when two graduate students looked at the LMS their institution was currently using and decided it was terrible — the company Instructure was subsequently born and the Canvas product developed and released with it.

Canvas aims to bring to life the ideal one-on-one, individualized learning experience that has proven to be the most successful for students. Through Canvas, teachers can give students personalized content, including tests and assignments, based on students’ past results. Whenever students receive a grade, teachers can decide what kinds of assignments and curriculum to provide students based on their grades. This can all be completed automatically by Canvas.

They want to centralize information and cut down the number of unused, unnecessary products that schools and districts purchase but never implement by providing everything on one central platform. This way, the product actually gets used instead of being left idle. Part of this includes their connections with content companies and textbooks, allowing students to access that content from Canvas. They can also communicate with teachers and see assignments and tests so that everything is based on Canvas, easy to access and easy to use.

Canvas today, seven years after its initial launch, now has over 3,000 users ranging from individual schools to entire states. In total, it serves millions of students and is continuing to grow. It’s adoptable, adaptable, and reliable.

To learn more about Canvas LMS and Instructure’s other products, Gauge and Arc, check out their website at https://www.canvaslms.com/ and listen to the full podcast interview below.