Parents' Guide to

Crash Course

By Laura Ordonez, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Bite-sized educational videos of all topics for teens.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great Encapsulation of a Topic

I personally love the Crash Course series, whether it is science, economics or history. But the dialogue runs fast and covers a lot of territory. I would use it as an end piece to a topic after the child has completed the material rather than as an introduction or substitute. It does a fantastic job of bringing all of the pieces together and fitting them in a larger context that makes it connect with us today. But you need to have at least a basic grasp of the events and people they talk about.

Is It Any Good?

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If your teen is looking for an engaging way to learn more about a specific academic topic, this YouTube channel is a great resource. Created by Vlogbrothers hosts John Green and Hank Green (who also hosts SciShow), Crash Course has a seemingly endless library of informative, interesting and insightful content. Its pro and con is the length of its videos. They're short enough to get interested in certain topics and digest key takeaways, but too short to fully comprehend the topic at hand with just one viewing. This is why these videos are a good complement to topics teens are already learning about or preparing to learn in school. Although the animations are a bit questionable and don't always add to the learning experience, the value the channel adds clouds this minor flaw.

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