January 27, 2012

Weekend Website #86: Periodic Table of Videos

Every Friday, I’ll send you a wonderful website (or more) that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.

periodic table in video

Each video explains the element in video with simple details in text


Periodic Table of Elements


6th grade+




This website explores the periodic table of elements via video. Each element is linked to a 7-10 minute video discussing it in that uniquely-British approach of staid enthusiasm. Here’s an example of titanium:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpFTQYynrc4]

The concept was the idea of video journalist Brady Haran. He had been making films with scientists in Nottingham, England (see Test Tube) and approached Professor Poliakoff at the University of Nottingham. The Professor loved the idea and almost immediately started reeling off great stories and information from the top of his head. Other scientists from the university chemistry department also helped in their areas of expertise.

Besides these 119 videos, the website has a section for ‘other’ science videos (always with a bit of humor infused–you’ll love the Elements Song), 41 Molecule videos, Road Trip photos (including an amazing picture of the periodic table in cupcakes), and sixty videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy.

It’s worth noting: If you access the videos from the website, there are no ads. Thank you, Brits!

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.