Best educational free resource site

These sites can provide teachers with free resources to help them reach children in a variety of subject areas. They also can help provide remediation and/or accelerated learning opportunities. There are a lot of Internet sites that offer such materials, but only a few that are directed at the k-12 educator and without charge.

A note, you may have to register for some of these sites. Always make sure that the registration is only for the site and won’t be sold. I have noted that was good to register on sites I frequent because they provided me updates that I would have missed otherwise. Either way, I suggest you create an email address for just such sites and not use your personal one.

If you have additional sites to recommend please do so.

General

Annenberg Media

Videos arranged by grade level and there are a lot of them. Good quality.

http://learner.org/

Awesome Stories

This is a site that has videos that relate to stories, especially trials and biographies. A good collection, but limited in range.

http://www.awesomestories.com/videos

Khan Academy

About 1800 good quality videos mainly in science and math. Mainly for older students.

http://www.khanacademy.org/

You Tube Educational

This link is supposed to be limited to videos that are related to teaching. Very large collection, but uneven quality and the meaning of education is truly challenged.

http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400

BBC Learning Zone Clips

Search by topic or subject. Has length of video in search engine, which is good. Since this is a British site the material is directed to that user group. A goodly amount of videos. Worth a look.

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

TeacherTube:

You can post your videos or access the collection. You can also upload videos. Lots of ads. Also has audio and photo sections.

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

Edutopia

This is also a non-profit site that offer videos. The difference in this site is that it also offers lesson plans and more. This is a large site that tries to offer a variety of services to teachers besides videos.

http://www.edutopia.org/

YouTube Education

This site does not offer a good enough category selection process for most teachers to find material quickly.

http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400

History Channel

First rate videos and well done, this site is excellent for science, technology, and history teachers. Search engine takes a while to master due to large number of videos.

http://www.history.com/topics

EduTube

The sections are not well defined and its takes time to find the right video from the collection. Limited selection.

http://www.edutube.org/

Biography

Famous people past and present. Good material, but many are for older students.

http://www.biography.com/video/index.jsp

BBC Learning Channel

There are videos and much more here. It takes time to navigate this site, but the materials, both videos and interactive lessons, and of quality.

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

Classroom clips

This site has a limited number of videos. It also has audio clips.

http://www.classroomclips.org/

Brainpop

While not all the content on this site is free, teachers can still find some great animated videos on a wide range of topics on this site for use in the classroom.

http://www.brainpop.com/

KidsNowIt

This site has a limited amount of podcasts and interactive videos in the basic subject matter areas. Some videos have test questions.

http://www.kidsknowit.com/interactive-educational-movies/index.php

Teachers’ TV

This site has a limited number of videos and categories based on subject matter, use in class, and grade level.

http://www.teachers.tv/videos

How Stuff Works

This site has a fair size collection of diverse videos from history to entertainment. A lot of ads. Also, the index is fairly simple and it takes a while to find what would be right for your grade level.

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/

Exploratorium

This site is for older students and contains some non-educational material that has little value. Overall, the strength is in science for Exploratorium. Only categorized by subject and title.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/tv/archive.php

EASE History

A small, but interesting site with videos and photos of political campaigns and historical events among others. Limited content and weak search engine.

http://www.easehistory.org/tourswf.html

The Archeology Channel

Videos of activities using interactive map of the world. Very limited content and videos may be over ten minutes in duration.

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

Peoples Archive

Videos of a variety of people, some famous, some not so much. This site might be used to help students show how hard work can pay off or to help them learn to take notes for a biography. Autobiographies are listed.

http://www.webofstories.com/

Steven Spielberg Archive

A tremendous site that have footage of the German treatment of Jews and the Holocaust. Some videos don’t have sound. Spend time on this site and you are going to find unique and important videos to share with your students. Compelling,

http://resources.ushmm.org/film/search/index.php

Folk Streams

A small collection of collected folklore and history videos. Well worth a look for social studies and music teachers. Some films are very long, but worth a look.

http://www.folkstreams.net/

Digital History

A large site for those teaching history, with some videos. The videos tend to be for older students.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

History Matters

There are a few videos for older students here. The majority are very specific, such as the history of the Chinese in Tucson and there are a collection of images that might prove helpful.

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/search.php?function=find

Social Studies Video Dictionary from Georgia.

A nice, but limited collection, mainly history and geography related.

https://www.georgiastandards.org/resources/Pages/Videos/Social-Studies-Video-Dictionary.aspx

PBS Video

Public Broadcasting Videos

A great many videos with a variety of topics and well done.

http://video.pbs.org/

National Geographic Video

A major collection of videos on geography and environmental related videos. All first rate.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/

The Discovery Channel

This site has a variety of good videos, but the site is difficult to navigate. First rate materials.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/searchresults.cfm?N=0&Nty=1&Ntk=all&blnPublic=1&Ntt=video

C-Span

Mainly political videos and current issues.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/search-results.php?keywords=video+library

Free Documentaries Site

This is very interesting in that teachers can play entire films or parts from exceptional documentaries about a variety of topics. A must visit for teachers of older students. Some content may not be appropriate.

http://www.freedocumentaries.org/

Top Documentary List

This site also has a good variety of documentaries and a better search engine. Mainly for older students. Some topics may be too graphic for classes.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/watch-online/

How To Videos

These are about five minutes in duration and cover a great many topics that could be useful to teachers from sports to science. They are all based on the idea of one does something such as hold a football or paint.

http://www.5min.com/

Wonder How To

Not many for the classroom, but some good ideas. Worth a look.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/

Howcast : If you want to know how to do something, this site is a great place to start looking for instruction.

HowCast

This site has a few educational videos in the how to area.

http://www.howcast.com/categories/95-Careers-and-Education

Best 100 Teaching Videos

A lot of videos, but many are not good quality. The ones that are are worth a look.

http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/100-best-youtube-videos-for-teachers/

Teachers Domain

Has a selection of videos in the main subject areas. Weak search engine so you have to work hard to find the video you are looking for. Quality appears good, but some sections are limited.

http://www.teachersdomain.org/

SchoolTube

A majority of these videos are done by students and the quality is uneven. The site offers a great deal of help for teachers wanting to upload and/or make videos.

http://www.schooltube.com/category

PBS Kids Video

More entertainment. There are a fair amount of videos here for very young children. Poor search engine and slow to load.

http://pbskids.org/go/video/


Science

National Science Foundation

Science related videos for older students. Mainly interviews and explanations.

http://nsf.gov/news/mmg/index.cfm?s=2

NASA e-clips

Not many, and as you would expect, they are space related, but very well done. Use the search engine to save time as the website is difficult to navigate. For all grade levels

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/index.html

NASA TV

Space related and well done.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html

BioInteractive
A nice collection of videos on science for older students. Good quality. A fair amount are lecturers. The length of time of the video is also used in the search engine. Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute so many videos are medical in content.

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

neoK12

This site has a good selection of science videos, but is limited in other areas. Also has games.

http://www.neok12.com/

Green Energy

This site has videos related to green technology. Some might be of value to teachers, but most are more technical in nature.

http://greenenergytv.com/category.php

ARKive

A nice site with lots of videos about animals and the environment. Great for adding depth to lessons on

endangered biodiversity. Interactive material, too. Snow tracks are good lesson on critical thinking.

http://www.arkive.org/

Vega Science

Videos of scientists, research projects and more. For older students.

http://vega.org.uk/video/

ScienceState

Most of these videos are for older students and sophisticated. There are a lot of subject areas, but no classification by age.

http://sciencestage.com/

Nova Teachers

Limited number of videos that are mainly science related. For older students. Nova Science.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/video/

Math

Math TV

Excellent site with videos that help explain math concepts. Good for remediation and introduction.

http://www.mathtv.com/

Futures Channel

I am featured on some of these videos and so there may be a bias in my comments.

It is good quality applied math and science videos, but the search engine is poor. The videos are for middle school students and up in age.

http://www.thefutureschannel.com/index.php

Pedagonnet

Mainly math related videos, but some general ones, too. Limited number and uneven quality.

http://www.pedagonet.com/Maths/tricks.htm

Countdown

Short videos on various math concepts. A must visit for math teachers.

http://countdown.luc.edu/ContentIndex/a_index.html


For Older Students and Teachers

Cosmo Learning

Courses, images, and videos are located here. Many lectures for older students.

http://www.cosmolearning.com/

Lectr

Video lecturers for the main part.

http://www.lectr.com/

Scholarspot

A limited number of videos with older students in mind.

http://scholarspot.com/

TED

These are videos of lectures and they can be quite long and sophisticated and inspiring. For older students.

http://www.ted.com/

OV Guide

More of an online video guide for entertainment, this site also has educational video listings. Mainly for older students.

http://www.ovguide.com/education

John Locker

This site has videos that are basically for older students. Some interesting titles, but limited in the number and range. Good quality,

http://johnlocker.com

Channel N

This really isn’t for students, but may be of interest to teachers as it deals with interesting aspects of behavior.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/channeln/

Academic Earth

University lectures on a variety of subjects. Some are very long. For advanced high school students.

http://academicearth.org/

Fora.tv

This site has some videos on education and teaching. However, they are basically lecturer for educators.

http://fora.tv/search_video?q=teaching

Quest Gallery

A small number of videos about research and ideas about teaching.

http://quest.carnegiefoundation.org/~dpointer/gallery/

Teachers TV

This site has videos about teaching. Fairly long videos ,and some deal with school wide concerns as well.
http://www.teachers.tv/series/from-good-to-outstandinghttp://www.teachers.tv/series/from-good-to-outstanding

Diigo

Some good videos here, but it takes time to find them and some are too difficult for younger students.

http://www.diigo.com/list/abubnic/video

Teacher Training Videos

A small, but interesting collection of videos to help teachers with technology and other areas. This is the first site that had the Storybird site that I use in the classroom.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

Free online movies

Public domain videos. Limited and uneven quality.

http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/

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