Free Netflix educational programming on YouTube

For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, with schools closed, this isn’t possible .

So at their request, Netflix have made a selection of documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel. The Netflix US YouTube channel is available to access globally. Also, each title has educational resources available. These can be used by both students and teachers. Additonally. they’ll be doing Q&As with some of the creators behind these projects so that students can hear from them firsthand.

Netflix hopes this will, in a small way, help teachers around the world.

Note these documentaries are currently available in English. Subtitles in more than a dozen languages will be available later this week. Also if you are a parent or teacher, please check the ratings so that you can make informed choices for your students and children. Parental Controls on Netflix: A beginner’s guide

Our Planet (Series)

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough. This eight-part series will explore the unique and precious wonders of our natural world. It comes from the creators of the award-winning series Planet Earth. In partnership with World Wildlife Fund, Our Planet combines stunning photography and technology with an unprecedented, never-before-filmed look at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants.

This ambitious four-year project was filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world. Over 600 members of crew captured more than three and a half thousand filming days. The project focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Please find educational resources here.

Explained (Series – select episodes)

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox. This enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture – featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields.

Educational resources coming soon.

Chasing Coral (Film)

Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists. Watch as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen.

Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple. In fact, the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece; documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Please find educational resources here.

Babies (Series – select episodes)

Babies is a landmark series that explores the miracle of the first full year of life through the pioneering work of leading scientists from across the globe. The series was filmed over the course of three years,

The series examines the epic journey every person embarks on, from helpless new-born to independent toddler. Follow the life-changing adventures of 15 international families. The series features the latest research from eminent scientists who share their personal journeys of discovery into the infant mind. The series is filled with the exciting uncertainty of parenting, exploring each major milestone of development like never before.

From the first bond a baby shares with its parents, to learning to feed, sleep through the night, crawl across the room, speak their first words, and discover the world around them – right up to those first steps of toddlerhood.

Please find educational resources here.

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