Many teachers are often overwhelmed with with the multitude of material found on the web, allowing them to turn everyday lessons into a multimedia experience. Often they have to search for extended periods of time for a brief video to introduce a new concept in their curriculum. So I have searched & categorized what I think are the best sites for educational videos on the web. Below you can find the best material that I could round up, including videos to augment your lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work, and loads of additional videos to help you.Next week, I’ll round up video tools so you can make interesting interactive multimedia experiences
Educational Video Collections
Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources.
- Teacher Tube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own.Another benefit is that it is a safe & secure place for to load student created videos
- Edutopia: Sponsored by George Lucas, this site works to improve public schools with resources, tools, and videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools
- You Tube Edu: this site contains some of the most popular educational videos from across Youtube.
- EduTube: This site organizes the best educational videos, making it easier for teachers to find high quality educational videos
- Classroom Clips: This site was created to assist teachers in finding on-demand media to support their students’ instructional needs.
- Cosmo Learning: This educational site offers videos that can work well for students as well as free video courses.
- Google Educational Videos: This blog post from Cool Cat Teacher descusses how to find educational videos on Google Video.
General Video Collections
Network TV, inspiring talks, documentaries and more are all available in these collections.
- Hulu: Hulu is known for carrying TV shows, but it can also be useful to teachers because it streams programs from PBS and National Geographic.
- Internet Archive: The purpose of this site is to provide permanent access to the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. It has thousands of videos, texts, audio, etc.
- TED: Get your students or even yourself inspired with the amazing lectures posted on this site.
- MIT World: Hear from some of the world’s foremost scholars in lectures provided by MIT.
- Big Think: Check out this site from video programming that asks you to truly think about a topic. Not all videos may be appropriate for the classroom, but there are definitely a few that could spark some interesting conversation.
- The Open Video Project: If you want access to loads of public domain digital video, go through the archives collected on this high-tech library site.
- @Google Talks: Hear from experts in fields like history, technology and business in this impressive collection of lectures from Google.
- Forum Network: This PBS site is absolutely full of video lectures from authors, academics and thinkers, but you’ll also find some great free PBS programs on topics that are especially relevant to history, science and technological education.
Featuring higher-level learning, these video sites are great resources for finding education that’s fit for teachers.
- Teacher Training Videos: If you need a little extra instruction on working with technology or students with ESL needs, check out the free content on this site.
- Classroom 2.0 Video: Those who struggle with implementing technology in the classroom should check out the videos on this site. You’ll learn how to do a wide range of technological tasks and there are lesson-worthy videos on the site as well.
- iTunesU: Take some of the free courses and lectures on this site to brush up on your knowledge of your specialty subject matter or just about anything else.
- Videos for Personal Development: Check out this site for a listing of some truly great personal development videos that will help your general teaching skills as well as your technological knowledge.
- Learner.org: While you will find a great deal of video content that can be of use in the classroom, the real wealth of this site lies in the great personal development materials for teachers.
- MIT Open CourseWare: this site makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web.
These video sites offer some great content to add to your lesson plans, and many are geared towards students so they can use them at home as well.
- Teachers Domain: Create a free profile on this site and you will get access to hundreds of lessons with accompanying videos, photos and other media.
- WatchKnow: Designed for younger students, this site is home to some great educational videos on everything from inspirational biographies to ESL help.
- 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.
- Kids Know It Network: This site contains videos on topics like dinosaurs, biology, geography, history and math that are free to use and share.
- Khan Academy: This not-for-profit organization wants people everywhere to have access to educational content, and on their site, you can find instructional videos on numerous topics.
- Awesome Stories Video: Use the videos on this site in all kinds of lessons. You’ll find content that ranges from discussing the lives of penguins in Antarctica to the role of African Americans in WWII.
- Nobel Prize Lectures: Why not augment a lecture about a famous face in history with a real clip of them giving a Nobel Prize lecture or a documentary about their life? You’ll find both here.
Science, Math and Technology
On these sites, the videos focus on the fields of science, math and technology.
- Research Channel: The programming on this Internet TV site highlights some of the latest research being done in science, technology, medicine and even the humanities so you can educate yourself and your students on the next big things.
- BioInteractive: Explore biology with a little help from this site, offering videos and animations that can be a big help in teaching complex topics.
- ARKive: For lessons about the natural world, this site is perfect. It contains a wide range of videos on the animal and plant life of Earth.
- Math TV: If your students are struggling to understand a mathematical concept, augment their lessons with some of the material found on this site.
- The Vega Science Trust Videos: Let your students see potential science careers, discuss important issues and see inspirational figures in the field with videos found on this site.
- The Science Network: See interviews with big names in science that touch on important topics like stem cell research, evolution, neuroscience, genetics, learning and more on this site.
- Pop Tech: Inspire your students with the videos found on this site, showing individuals who are using science, technology and plain old hard work to change the world.
- Channel N: This site is full of lectures and videos on the human brain and psychology.
- SciVee: Give your students a view into the real working world of science, with this site that allows scientists to post videos of their real-life research for students and other scientists to use.
- The Futures Channel: This online channel is full of lessons and video clips on all types of math and science topics, from how to predict the weather to how to build stronger snowboards.
History, Arts and Social Sciences
Here you’ll find a great collection of videos to illustrate the past and help your students see the beauty of the arts.
- Kennedy Center Archives: Through this site you can show students performances from some of the most amazing musicians in the world.
- The Archaeology Channel: Help your students to explore the history of mankind through the great free content offered here.
- Historyteachers: is a great place to find music videos about dozens of topics in World History. The videos come from a mix of movies, music videos, and documentaries and are set to popular songs with the lyrics changed.
- Timelines TV: Here you can find six timelines of important eras in U.S. and European history. Each timeline includes short (3-10 minute) videos about people and events in the era.
- Peoples Archive: This site collects the biographies of well-known people around the world told by the people who know it best–themselves.
- Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive: On this site you’ll find an amazing collection of WWII-era footage of the horrors of the Holocaust.
- Culture Catch: This site will let you see some of the work being done by up-and-coming artists.
- Folk Streams: Use this site to show students documentaries about traditional and folk culture in America.
- Digital History: With lesson plans and interactive online experiences for students, the videos found here are just the icing on the cake.
- History Matters: This site explores the primary historical documents central to understanding American history.
- Social Studies Video Dictionary: Your students can look up vocabulary words in style with this video dictionary.
Network and Program Videos
These video sites are maintained by TV networks, offering videos of their programming for teachers to use for free.
- PBS Video: With this site you’ll be able to bring the great content from PBS right into your classroom for free.
- National Geographic Video: From nature to ancient cultures, you’ll find videos aplenty on this site.
- Nova Teachers Watch Video Online: Using this site you can show clips or whole programs from the television series Nova.
- Discovery Education: The Discovery Channel has compiled the videos on this site just for teachers and students.
- C-SPAN Video Library: Students learning about government can see it in action through the videos here.
- History Channel Video Guide: Bring history to life through biographies and historical documentaries found here.
- Biography.com: Let your students learn more about famous figures in history using the short clips from the Biography Channel found here.
- BBC Learning: BBC Learning offers thousands of clips that have been pre-edited and selected to work well in the classroom.
Free Movies and Clips
Visit these sites to get access to free documentaries, public domain films and short clips.
- Film Clips Online: Here you’ll find short, and legal to use film clips that are perfect for the classroom.
- Free Documentaries.org: Use this site to find some free documentary films for the classroom.
- ABC Documentaries: This site offers free documentaries from an Australian television station, including many shorter TV programs that can work well in school.
If you’ve got no clue how to use a technology or want to see how things work in video form, these tutorial-filled sites should be your first stop.
- Wonder How To: No matter what you’re trying to accomplish around the classroom, this site likely has a video to help you do it.
- Instructables: Learn how to make some great crafts that can accompany your lessons, play new games, or just figure out how to do something you’ve always wanted to do through this site.
- Howcast: If you want to know how to do something, this site is a great place to start looking for instruction.
Government and Organizations
Go through these sites to get great videos and footage from the past and present of American history.
- Smithsonian YouTube Channel: Here you will find playlists about all 19 Smithsonian museums, their exhibits, and short lessons based on the work of the museums.
- National Science Foundation Multimedia: Here, the NSF provides educators and interested learners with videos of nature, interviews, animations and a whole lot more.
- National Archives You Tube Channel– include everything from old propaganda films like this one to lectures from historians to short lessons about items in the National Archives.
- NASA e-Clips: Use these short clips as a way of showing students about our world and the universe that lies beyond.
- NASA TV: From live footage of space shuttles and space stations to programming geared towards use in the classroom, this NASA site is an invaluable resource for teachers looking to add to lessons about space travel.
- Library of Congress Teacher Webcasts: This site helps bring together some of the best material offered by the Library of Congress for use in a range of lesson plans on American History.
- American Memory Motion Pictures: If you prefer to look through the material on your own, this site will let you search through the multimedia material held by the Library of Congress.