Video Resources for Teachers

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.

Previously posted.  Updated 1/27/10

  

NC Live
http://media.nclive.org/

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
http://www.snagfilms.com/

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.

 

Open Video
http://open-video.org/

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. 

 

PBS Video
http://video.pbs.org/

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
http://pbskids.org/go/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
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/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.

 

History Channel
http://www.history.com/video

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.

 

Academic Earth
http://academicearth.org/

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
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/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.

 

Arkive
http://www.arkive.org/

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.

 

Countdown
http://countdown.luc.edu/

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
http://www.ted.com/

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.

Check out the Teaching With TED wiki at http://teachingwithted.pbworks.com/ to find resources and ideas for using TED talk videos in your classroom.

 

NOVA Teachers Video
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/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).

 

BioInteractive
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/video/index.html

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)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/

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.

 

SchoolTube
http://www.schooltube.com/

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.

 

Teacher Tube
http://www.teachertube.com/index.php

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.

 

iCue
http://www.icue.com/

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.” 

 

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com

YouTube is a very popular video hosting site with a library of millions of videos posted by users all over the world.  Based on this fact alone, it is obvious that all of the content won’t be appropriate for your students.  In fact, in HPS, YouTube is blocked for students.  However, if you take some time to search and preview some videos, you’ll find there is also a lot of valuable educational content that you can use in the classroom.

YouTube also has an educational section: http://www.youtube.com/edu

This short video from Edutopia- “How to Use YouTube in the Classroom”- is a great starting point to helping educators search and use YouTube for educational purposes. http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-youtube-teaching-video

Additionally, there are online file conversion tools, like Zamzar (http://zamzar.com/) that enable you to download videos from YouTube, leaving behind the ads and links to other videos and allowing you to save the video offline.

 

Research Channel
http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/

The Research Channel is available via satellite and cable television and was founded to share the work of researchers with the public.  The Research Channel website includes a video library containing over 3,500 titles in categories of arts and humanities, business and economics, computer science and engineering, health and medicine, K-12 and education, sciences, and social sciences.  You can browse by program title, series title and by university/institution.  Videos can be streamed or downloaded.

 

Edublogs.tv
http://www.edublogs.tv/ 

A project from Edublogs, the online educational blogging platform, Edublogs.tv allows users to upload and view educational video content.  Search by keyword or category.  With free registration, you can save favorites and create playlists.

 

Learner.org
http://www.watchknow.org/ 

Annenberg Media has created a site for professional development resources for teachers.  You can purchase content on DVD and in print, but you can also access streaming video online for free at Learner.org.  Browse by grade and/or subject area, including arts, foreign language, literature/language arts, math, science, and social studies/history.    Most video collections include additional resources.  (In addition to professional development video collections, learner.org includes an “interactives” section with interactive student activities for elementary, middle, and high.)

 

Explore.org
http://explore.org/ 

Explore.org has documented the journeys of humanitarians from around the world, providing the public with films and photos of these lives on the explore.org website.  Here you’ll find many film “bites” for all ages in a wide variety of topics.  Search by places (continent/area) or by causes (animals, children, culture, disabilities, education, elderly, environment, human services, human rights, music, special features, and spirituality).   

 

Smithsonian Channel
http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/video/

View video “sneak peeks” and some full-length videos from the video section of the Smithsonian Channel’s website.  Search by keyword or browse by category (air and space, history, more Smithsonian, nature and animals, pop culture, Smithsonian kids, America’s war stories, newest videos, full episodes, and series). 

 

Educational Video Aggregators
Some websites contain a collection of educational videos that are actually just links to other websites, possibly saving you time and energy as you search for relevant video content for your classroom.  Here are a couple of educational video aggregators:

 

WatchKnow
http://www.watchknow.org/

Search by topics/subjects and filter by age.  Main categories include, language arts, literature, math, science, history, social studies, languages, PE/health, arts, computers/technology, practical skills, philosophy/religion/ethics, educational hobbies/crafts, for teachers and parents, and more.  All video content is hosted on other sites, but users can find and share educational videos here.

 

NeoK12
http://www.neok12.com/

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.

 

My Delicious links tagged with the keyword “video” can be found at http://delicious.com/murraygirl/videos

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