Using video in the classroom can help students make connections and provide them with opportunities to practice media literacy and critical viewing skills.
There are many FREE videos/clips online! Below is a collection of links to video-rich websites. While this is certainly not a complete list of all the video sites on the web, it will hopefully provide you with a variety of video resources for you to use in your classroom.
Includes over 250 documentary and educational video programs chosen by NC librarians. Search for videos or by topics including science, US and world history, biography, current events, the arts, and other subjects. Also includes several educational series for children. You can access the videos from school (or at home with a password from your local library).
Snag Films- free documentaries
Choose from over 850 full-length documentary films to watch online (or embed in your blog) for free. The films I’ve watched on this site include short commercials, but there are some great documentaries here. Search by keyword or topics, including campus, environment, health, history, international, life and culture, music and arts, politics, religion and spirituality, science and nature, sports and hobbies, and women’s issues.
This shared digital video collection includes thousands of clips/videos searchable by keyword as well as by genre and duration. Collections include videos from NASA, National Archives, and more.
This site has links to tons of videos (and images) for preschool through high school. Videos have been viewed to ensure they are safe, accurate, and appropriate for students. Search by keyword or by category. There are also Web 2.0 tools and lessons available on NeoK12.
Find PBS video by program, topic, or collection. You can also search by keyword. If you can’t find a video you’re looking for, you can look in their “more videos” section http://video.pbs.org/morevideos.html .
PBS Kids Video
The kids video section of PBS includes hundreds of hours of full-length shows and clips of some of PBS kids programming, including Arthur, Maya & Miguel, WordGirl, and more.
National Geographic Channel Videos
Featured video categories include full episodes, animals and nature, exploration and adventure, history and events, people and places, science and technology, Nat Geo wild, preserve our planet, and dog whisperer.
The History Channel website includes a video section where you can search by keyword, view by show, or by topic. Categories include American history, military history, mysteries and unexplained, science and technology, and society and culture.
Find full video courses and lectures from world scholars at universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. Search by keyword, subject, university, or top rated instructors. Subjects include biology, chemistry, history, literature, math, and much more. Even thought these are college level lectures, there is certain to be some content adaptable to high school level classes.
BBC Learning Zone Clips
Most any search for educational resources online will lead me to a BBC website. Looking for educational videos is no exception. This BBC site included video clips for primary and secondary students in subjects such as art, history, foreign language, language arts, math, and more. Find clips for subject area topics or search by keyword or clip number.
This site includes thousands of wildlife images, information, and videos. You can search by keyword in the species, video, or images search box. Arkive includes a special focus on threatened species.
The Loyola University Chicago School of Education has posted over 300 math topic program clips from its cable television show Countdown. You can find 4-7 minute clips in categories (number and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, extended response, technology, and connections) for elementary grade levels.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Each year, there is a TED conference in California and Oxford UK featuring speakers from all over the world who give a short (less than 18 minutes) talk on “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Search by theme (technology, entertainment, design, business, science, culture, arts, and global issues), speakers, ratings, and more. New talks are posted often.
NOVA Teachers Video
From PBS, the NOVA Teachers video section includes complete programs and shorter science clips. Search the teachers site by keyword or view videos by subject (including chemistry, earth science, life science, social studies, and more).
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a video collection with clips related to neuroscience, infectious diseases, DNA, and more. The video search section includes lecture topics and video from the DNA Interactive section of the site http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/videosearch.html. Videos from this site could be used in a high school classroom.
Teachers Domain (requires free registration)
This website requires free registration, but has a wealth of materials including videos, professional development resources, and other digital media resources. After logging in, you can bookmark your favorite sections of the site to create easy access to the content that is most relevant to you. Browse by K-12 subject area, professional development topic, or special collection or search by keyword.
Videos and pictures on this site are student-produced and will be approved by moderators before being posted online. Therefore, this site is a great resource for finding student created materials that are safe and appropriate. Search by keyword, categories, or by channels.
Think of You Tube for education and you’ll understand the idea behind Teacher Tube. You can find student and teacher created videos for the classroom as well as professional development content. Search by keyword or browse the channels. Content can be rated by users and inappropriate content can be flagged.
This interactive news and history portal from NBC is designed for students.
Description from the website:
“iCue is a fun, innovative learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives. Videos, games, and activities correlated to courses in U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, and English Language and Composition, and more. A community of friends and learners engaged in discussion around academics, current events, and important issues. A collection of Video Cue Cards, with thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives wrapped in a tradable, interactive virtual card.”