Netflix In The Classroom: Top 10 Educational Shows
Published on 09/11/17
The link between visual cues, the memory process and the recall of knowledge have been the centre of a number of studies, all of which conclude that the use of video in the classroom can help create engaging lessons that stimulate the mind of students. That’s why we’ve devoted our latest blog post to looking at some of the top educational shows on Netflix right now.
What Is Netflix?
Netflix is an online streaming service that, for a small monthly fee, allows subscribers to watch a wide variety of TV Shows, Movies and Documentaries on a huge range of online devices. With no caps on how much content can be consumed, no advertisements, and lots of original content, it’s no wonder that earlier this year they surpassed 100 million subscribers worldwide.
Our Top Picks – For Younger Students
The Magic School Bus / The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Help your students get to grip with scientific concepts with Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus, that can travel to outer space, under the sea, through an anthill and even inside the human body.
Sid The Science Kid
Armed with a healthy sense of humour and the help of his teacher, friends and family, curious kid Sid tackles questions young people have about science, observation and the scientific method.
Jim Henson’s Word Party
In this animated series, adorable animals, Bailey, Franny, Kip and Lulu invite young people to join the party and help them learn new words and build on their vocabulary through song, dance, play and interactivity.
Monster Math Squad
Set in the city of Monstovia, this animated series follows three monsters (Max, Lily and Goo) as they go on adventures to help their friends solve mathematical problems and equations.
Our Top Picks – For Older Students
Bill Nye Saves The World
In this much-loved series Emmy-Award-winning Bill Nye brings experts and celebrities to his lab to look at the relationship science has with politics, pop culture and society. The first series explores a range of scientific issues that touch our lives, from climate change, alternative medicine and artificial intelligence, to sex, space exploration and human overpopulation. This fun, highly informative show is a great way to get your students excited about science.
In this critically acclaimed documentary series, David Attenborough takes us on a journey exploring the wonderful variety of life on Earth and the extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.
A Girl Like Her
A Girl Like Her is a hidden-camera, docu-drama film that delves into the world of high school bullying and suicide. Use this film to highlight the effects of bullying and the impact it can have on people’s lives. There are a number of resources available online with activities to help you deliver a lesson focused on the film.
World War II in Colour
Bring your history lessons to life with footage from some of the most dramatic moments from World War II, restored in full colour and high definition. This series looks at a number of topics including the rise of Hitler, the Nazis terrifying military tactic called Blitzkrieg, codebreaking and the Enigma machine, Pearl Harbour, the Soviet war machine, and the holocaust.
NOVA: Deadliest Tornadoes
In this documentary, scientists strive to uncover and understand what caused the devastating tornado outbreak of April 2011, and how they could better detect tornado outbreaks in the future. Perfect for any Geography lesson on natural disasters.
13 Reasons Why
Based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why focuses on high school student, Clay Jensen, and his friend Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide following a number of traumatic events in her life. Each episode details one of the thirteen reasons why Hannah decided to end her life and the pupils at her school who were in some way responsible.
Whilst the subject matter can at times difficult to watch, the show covers a range of topics from bullying and slut-shaming, to rape, drink driving and assault. The show gives educators a chance to openly discuss these issues, along with mental health concerns, in a safe and open environment. We recommend getting permission from parents first as well as reading this guide for educators before you consider showing 13 Reasons Why to your students.