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Netflix normally allows teachers to access and stream its documentaries in classrooms for various teachings, but since schools are closed right now, the company is bringing those documentaries to YouTube. This way, teachers can assign documentaries for students to watch without worrying about whether students have access to Netflix.

In a blog post Friday, the company noted that it has historically allowed teachers to screen documentaries without a license fee. With many teachers looking for additional resources during remote-learning times, Netflix said has posted 10 titles.

“We hope this will, in a small way, help teachers around the world,” the company said.

– Netflix

Several of Netflix’s nature documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Our Planet and Babies, are streaming for free on the streamer’s YouTube page.

For now, the titles are available only in English, but subtitles in more than a dozen languages will roll out in the coming days.

“Each title also has educational resources available, which can be used by both students and teachers,” a press release reads, “and we’ll be doing Q&As with some of the creators behind these projects so that students can hear from them firsthand.”

In addition to the films and episodes themselves, the titles have put additional educational resources online for both students and teachers. The company also said it plans to convene Q&A sessions with some of the projects’ creators.

The 10 documentaries available for free include

  • 13th, Abstract
  • Babies
  • Chasing Coral
  • Explained
  • Knock Down the House
  • Our Planet
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  • The White Helmets
  • Zion

A couple of the documentaries focus on nature; others center on social issues, including poverty, racism, and systemic injustices. The education materials for each documentary can be found on Netflix’s blog. Although the documentaries are only available in English right now, Netflix’s blog states that subtitles “in more than a dozen languages will be available later this week.”


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