Today I discovered a great You Tube Channel called Geography Now...
The channel belongs to a young man, Paul Barbato. I don't know much about him...yet, but after watching several of his videos, I do know he is inspired and has a vision. A vision to post short, eg 9 minute, videos about every country in the world. So far he seems to be in the "B's".
Paul appears to collect info from a variety of sources, including people native to the country he is talking about. He uses photos, maps, and useful, fun graphics to help him describe the information. His delivery is fast and expressive, so he is entertaining to watch and you have to keep up. His info is geared to older kids or interested adults, giving not only a few geographical and historical facts, but also the country's demographics and its relationship to other countries. All in less than 10 minutes.
I am a fan of short bits of info, Sesame Street style. It helps us figure out what topics we want to learn more about. And I love overviews. So if he does 10 minutes on, maybe, 160 countries, that's about...27 hours total, more or less.
I would have shown these videos to my intermediate class (Grades 4-7) and told them to hang on to their seats and take notes later during a following discussion. Or replay it!
And I will definitely play some of Paul's Geography Now videos on my big screen TV at home for G, and also for visitors who come over. Entertaining! And I always love things educational....
Paul reaches out to his many subscribers, asking for them to send in photos and info about his upcoming countries.
He also has started to fund his magnificent endeavor by signing up with Patreon, a site that allows you to request patron support so you can go ahead and focus on your project.
Good luck, Paul! And I hope you, dear reader, have time to check out this You Tube channel.
I found the link to it on an inspired homeschooling site, Savvy Homeschooling Moms.
I will definitely be returning to this site full of Podcasts and resources for the homeschooling crowd...
So check back!
Okay, here is the Geography Now video on Australia...
Language alert. I have to say, before Paul gets going on his info, he does use the words "frigging" and poo. Just be warned. Not words I used when teaching in a class... Homeschooling has its own language rules. lol