In days of yore education was engulfed in the four walls of a classroom. Enough has been said about how education must be transformed and must step out of the boring classroom closet so that it begins to interest one and all. Thanks to the advancements in the field of technology, education no more remains mundane. The invention of television is undoubtedly a milestone, more importantly because it brought education into our living rooms! The television can be a very influencing and powerful tool, if used by children in a wise manner. Today there is a host of educational channels not just for kids but for adults too, that showcase issues like current affairs, history and culture, travel, science, societal affairs and ‘edutainment’ (that’s a mix of education and entertainment). So here are the 10 best educational channels that you should watch.
Ovation is an American television channel that promotes ‘art and contemporary’ culture based shows. Started in the year 1996,owned by Hubbard Media Group and Company, the American show is popular for shows like the ‘Art of:’ series show- Art of:Mixology; Art of: Graffiti; Art of:Sneakers;Art of:Animation;Art of: Tattoo etc which is a hit among art enthusiasts.
‘Culture Pop’, a weekly hour-long series that popularizes not just the already popular tv,music and music, but also includes a few more aspects of art and entertainment such as photography, theater, interior designing, jewelry designing, architecture etc, along with the personalities of the above fields.
For all the mystery lovers the ‘Artful detective’ is a real kill. Adapted from ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ written by Maureen Jennings, the show is based on mysterious gruesome murders happening in the city of Toronto during the 1890s. The story revolves around the characters William Murdoch and his ally Coroner Julia Ogden who use off beat approach and striving forensic techniques to solve murder mysteries. In spite of being subjected to skepticism by their fellow officers, they forgo the traditional approach of solving murder cases.
Other popular shows are ‘Music Mavericks’, ‘The Devil’s Mistress’, and ’Antiques Roadshow’ etc to name a few. Ovation is a channel which has something for everyone.
9. NASA TV
Owned by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a United States government agency NASA TV is a television service was started in early 1980s to provide NASA managers and engineers with real-time videos of missions. The network airs a large amount of educational programming, and provides live coverage of an array of manned missions, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), robotic missions, and international launches.
The channel broadcasts variety of regularly scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programs. ‘NASA Gallery’ is program that highlights important videos and photographs of the history of NASA. ‘Education File’ mainly focuses on implementing special programs for schools. ‘This Week @ NASA’ telecasts the happenings of NASA centers around United States. NASA Edge and NASA 360, are programs that focus on various projects and activities within NASA. So if you are a space buff, you now know where to tune to!
Its slogan itself tells it all! Brave.New.Real.
Previously called PBS World, the channel is a US based channel that was launched in 2007. World specializes in broadcasting TV non-fiction, science, nature, news, public affairs and documentaries. ‘American Experience’ is a favored show that throws light on lesser known history facts along with various award winning documentaries which have been extensively researched and about important historic events and people. ‘one’ a show which acts as a platform for independent film makers to show case their documentary making skills, the show has not just won numerous awards but also has been critically acclaimed. An estimate of 500 films has been telecast ed since its debut. ‘Independent Lens’ is another program similar to the Frontline series. Shows broadcasting wild life based documentaries a huge hit, ‘Nature’ is a weekdays sixty minute program that educates viewers about ecosystems and its living beings. The program boasts of nominations for the Emmy Awards.
Few other interesting channels that are aired are ‘Your Voice, Your Story’, ‘History Detectives’,’ The Tavis Smiley Show’ among others.
Another US based channel, Science is owned by Discovery Communications. True to its name, the channel airs science related serials and movies. The channel boasts of an interesting bunch of programs such as ‘Beyond Tomorrow’, the show is all about the latest discoveries and inventions in the fields of science and technology; ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’ a program that focuses on universe related aspects such as the birth of the universe, the galaxies, etc; ‘Dark Matters: Twisted but True’ show cases peculiar experiments and shows strange sciences often which causes disbelief among viewers; ‘Destroyed in Seconds’ this show is all about events that brought only destruction like volcanic eruptions, plane crashes,floods,tsunamis,etc.
Other shows include ‘The Unexplained flies’,’MythBusters’, ‘Prophets of Science Fictions’,’ Wonders of the universe’ amongst other fantastic shows.
A one of a kind channel and you can’t get enough of it!
6. Discovery Travel & Living
A travel and lifestyle based channel that is owned by Discovery Communications. The channel offers a wide range of programs that will provoke you to take up travelling as a hobby. Showcasing various cultures and cuisines on the face of earth, promises its viewers anything but ordinary. The channel is growing immensely by leaps and bounds because what initially started as a mere travel show now covers a whole lot of areas.
The channel has an impressive list of shows viz ‘Sister Wives’; ‘toddlers & tiaras’ ; ‘My big fat gypsy wedding’ ;’four weddings’; ‘Gypsy sisters’ ;’Cake Boss’ and many more interesting shows.
5. NAT GEO WILD
A channel dedicated to animal related programs, is a sister network of National Geographic channel. Launched in Hong Kong first, the channel now stretches across the globe broadcasting wildlife across various continents.
‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ this show is about a vet who tirelessly works to provide relief to farm animals. The senior citizen refuses to retire and has his life revolving around these animals. ‘America the Wild’, the show promises a wild experience to its viewers as it shows wildlife that is hardly seen or seen never before. A few more shows include ‘Croc Catchers’,’ Stranger Than Nature’,’ Africa’s Deadliest’,’Shark Attack Experiment’,’ Built For The Kill’ etc. The list seems to be never ending. The mere titles of these shows give you a goose bumps. Nat Geo Wild is one of the most adventurous and thrilling channels you’ll ever come across! This definitely is a much watch!
P.S The channel has always lived up to it slogan
“Dare to Explore”
“Follow your instincts”
4. ANIMAL PLANET
With a wacky slogan ‘Surprisingly Human’ this channel is all about animals, animals and only animals. Animal Planet has been broadcasting documentary programming mainly focusing on animals. With its origin in the US, animal planet has a wide network that spreads over 70 countries across the globe. A personalizing touch has been given to the channel by creating country specific versions of it. While its competitor NAT GEO WILD focuses more on the animals in the wild, Animal Planet shows revolve around domesticated animals.
‘Too Cute!’ ;’America’s Cutest’; ‘Tanked’; ‘Untamed & Uncut’; ‘The most extreme’; ‘Weird, True & Freaky’; ‘Call of the Wildman: More Live Action!’; ’ Swamp wars’; ‘Orangutan Island’ ;’ Big Cat Diary’; ‘Meerkat Manor’; ‘Animal Cops Houston’ etc are a few popular shows that are aired on this channel.
You either like the wild or the domesticated ones; there are two channels to cater to your needs. Have your pick!
So you are a dweller of the past? Interested in something that had happened and is long gone? Then this channel is definitely for you.
History, previously known as The History Channel is a joint venture between Hearst Corp and The Walt Disney Company. True to its name, the channel started off with broadcasting history based documentaries and recently has even started featuring non-history content along with reality television series. A favorite among history lovers, the channel has been the reigning one when it came to projection of history based content.
‘The Bible’; ‘Big Rig Bounty Hunters’; ‘Counting Cars:After Hours ‘;’God,Guns & Automobiles ‘;’History Films’;’I love the 1880s’; ’ The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man’; ‘Mankind The Story of Us All’; ‘Mountain Men’ etc are a few popular shows that have managed to keep history lovers glued to their television sets. Indeed, History. Made Every Day.
The world is awesome. So says the slogan of the Discovery channel. Discovery broadcasts documentary television programming focused primarily on popular science, technology and history. Programming on the flagship Discovery Channel in the U.S. is primarily focused on reality television series, such as speculative investigation (with shows such as Mythbusters, History and Best Evidence), automobiles, and occupations (such as Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch); it also features documentaries specifically aimed at families and younger audiences.
When ‘discovery channel’ is mentioned the first thing that comes to mind is this super human called Bear Grylls. Yes! The Man vs Wild star pops up into our heads instantly, one of the most watched shows where the host goes through some gruesome instances and also gives a whole lot of survival tips to combat difficulties. A personal favorite, this show has been watched by most of the adventure lovers and continues to garner rave reviews!
Few other shows that are aired here are ‘Naked and Afraid’;’ Frozen Planet’; ‘Weed Country’; ’Stormchasers’ among other fascinating shows. Do make sure you tune into this channel at least once and I’m sure you’re bound to get addicted to it.
The 125 year old channel, undoubtedly takes away the crown. Commercially known and also trademarked as Nat Geo, s owned by the National and the Fox Cable Networks division of Fox. The legendary channel broadcasts shows and documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history, plus some reality programming. Nat Geo has left no stone unturned in covering a vast section of areas like Video,Photography,Animals,Environment,Travel,Adventure,Television and kids, proving it to be a holistic channel concentrating on various aspects with equanimity.
The channel has remained an all time favorite among kids and adults alike, proving it to be the No.1 channel that caters to all needs irrespective of age. The channel has been felicitated with many awards like the ASTRA awards for Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming, nominations in the Emmy awards among various other laurels.
The channel has always succeeded in living up to its motto:
“Dare to Explore”
“This is Who We Are”