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Did you know there's a place where you can learn just about anything you'd like? It's true! It's called YOU TUBE!!! Sure, YouTube has hundreds of thousands of hours of deliciously time-wasting content, but it's a whole lot more than just a black hole of pet videos and FAIL clips. If you know where to go, YouTube has some of the best educational content on the planet! And although watching Kahn Academy all day might be a bit dry, the creativity of YouTube creators has allowed "education" to be transformed in variety of amazing and engaging ways. YouTube probably won't replace schools anytime soon, but it's a pretty rad alternative. So time to stop watching cat videos and get your learn on!

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
Tweet at us! @pbsideachannel (yes, the longest twitter username ever)
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Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
Made by Kornhaber Brown (http://www.kornhaberbrown.com)

Youtube People:
Brady Haran
Numberphile http://www.youtube.com/numberphile
Deep Sky Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/deepskyvideos
Smarter Everyday http://www.youtube.com/smartereveryday
ViHart http://www.youtube.com/vihart
ASAP Science http://www.youtube.com/ASAPScience
CGPGrey http://www.youtube.com/CGPGrey
CrashCourse http://www.youtube.com/CrashCourse
MinutePhysics http://www.youtube.com/MinutePhysics
Sci Show http://www.youtube.com/SciShow
Veritasium http://www.youtube.com/Veritasium

Teachers with YouTube Channels
Amor Sciendi http://www.youtube.com/amorsciendi
Bozeman Biology http://www.youtube.com/bozemanbiology
Keith Hughes http://www.youtube.com/hughesdv

More assets:

Roglok: http://vimeo.com/musicstore/track/21166
Level 5: Room for the Homeless http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a101325/level-5
Chiptune - Kenzalol http://soundcloud.com/chiptune/kenzalol

Want some more Idea Channel?

Here's Last Week's episode: "How Will the Animated GIF Affect the Presidential Election?" http://youtu.be/2amSQyhP0Mg

Want another one? Here ya go: "Is CSS and Website Design a Fashion Statement?" http://youtu.be/6akcfoJ05Aw

Here's Some More: "How are Justin Bieber, Franz Liszt and Jerusalem Connected?" http://youtu.be/I9QhyDdWbBY

Tagged under: Youtube,idea channel,pbs,Mike Rugnetta,Kornhaber Brown,Kahn Academy,VSauce,Smarter Everyday,CrashCourse,channel,education, internet

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