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30 Day eLearning Challenge

Day 17 #30DC13: Watch All About It

We are always looking for ways to capture the attention of our audience. Since most of us grew up around the TV, video tends to grab our attention first. Today’s post will focus on different video resources available around the interwebs.


The most popular of all is YouTube where you can find anything your heart desires from crackling fireplaces to music videos. It’s been researched that if you tried to watch every video on YouTube you would spend the rest of your life watching.

Here are a few of my favorite channels for education:

  • Crash Course – Has lessons in US History, World History, Biology, Ecology, Physics, Chemistry, and Literature. These guys have created 5-15 minute videos explaining tons of neato things in our world.
  • CM Punk’s Grammar Slam – Videos about common grammar mistakes, brought to you by CM Punk (a professional wrestler). Warning: may contain colorful language.
  • Your Grammar Sucks – Pokes fun at YouTube comments and the poor use of grammar and spelling skills. Could be useful to draw attention to errors. Warning: may contain colorful language.
  • Thug Notes – Are summaries of the most read literary works by none other than, you guessed it, a thug. Warning: may contain colorful language
  • Numberphile – Has videos about numbers and their relations to the real world. Answering questions such as, can we measure Pi with real pies?
  • MinutePhysics – Has videos about physics that range from less than a minute to 7 minutes.
  • SciShow – Is created by the same guys as Crash Course has some great info on weird places, great minds, and fundamentals of physics.
  • Veritasium – Has experiments, misconceptions, and songs about science.
  • ASAPScience – Are explanations of happenings in the world around us. It answers questions such as What if you stopped sleeping? Or Can you trust your eye? All explanations are drawn on a white board!


Are all science related and again answer many of life’s questions such as: “Why do we get bored?” “Why do we clap?” “Who owns the moon?”

  • Vsauce
  • Vsauce2 – Vsauce2 regularly introduces new technologies and things that will simply blow your mind.
  • Vsauce3

Can you tell I like science a lot?!?

NBC Learn

This year the state of Indiana has grated us free access to NBCLearn. This website contains the archive of documents, pictures, and mostly videos of NBC. To get started, follow the steps below.

1. Go to evscicats.com

2. Click on Login Links across top

3. Click NBC Learn in Media Resources column (second from right)

4. If you have not registered, follow steps 5 & 6, if you have please skip to #9.

5. Click on NBC Learn K-12 in website that appears.

7.On the new webpage, click Register Now

8. Fill in the requested information. Then click register.

9. If you are already registered, click Sign In  at the top. Use your full email address to sign in.

10. You can do a simple search 2 ways. One (1.) by typing in the search box, two (2.) by clicking on the advanced search. Type in the topic you wish to find a video about in either box. By using the advanced search you can narrow you search by collection, source, or type.11. You can also search by standard. Either Common Core or State by clicking on State Standards across the top.

12. A new box will appear. Select either Indiana Common Core or Indiana State Standards from the pull down menu. Select your subject and grade level from the following pull down menus. If there is content available, there will be a green check mark next to the standard on the right.You can click on the green circles for the content that matches the standard.

12. For some content there are activities or lessons. If one is available, it can be found on the tab on the right of the content.


13. You can create playlists by clicking the Save tab at the bottom of the content. Once you click, it will open up the playlist menu. Check the box you wish to save the content to or select the new button and create a new playlist by entering a new name in the box.

14. Downloading a video for use later:

  • Click the download tab on a video.
  • Install the offline player by clicking Install.
  • Click Open, wait for Adobe to load program
  • Click Install, click continue, wait for installation
  • A verification window will appear saying the offline player was successfully installed.
  • You may get a window asking you to update Adobe Air, click Update Now

15. Once the offline player is installed, find the content you wish to download. Click the download tab, then select the resolution. The offline player will open to show download progress.

16. To access downloaded content, double click the NBC Learn Offline Player icon on your desktop.Put your cursor on the peacock in the top left corner and a rainbow menu should appear. Click on Library and it will show your downloaded videos.

PBS Learning Media

PBS has also compiled documents, audio, and video all in one place. Their collection is extensive but not everything from PBS is housed on this site. They have chosen many clips that are searchable by grade, subjects, or common core standard many are 10 minutes or less. Each week they post a theme with resources available around the theme. You will be allowed to view 3 resources before you are required to register for an account. 

Registration is Free!  Visit PBS Learning Media.

Teacher Tube

Don’t have access to YouTube in your building? TeacherTube is a decent alternative. TeacherTube hosts many formats of media including documents, audio, pictures, and mostly video. If you need a refresher video to re-introduce a topic or a summary this would be a good place to start. Also, it would be a good place to upload teacher or student created videos.

The Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel is devoted to helping you improve your craft. The video presented will give you some great ideas for new activities, ideas around the Common Core Standards, differentiation, digital literacy, behavior, and many many more. Spice up your class with a new idea!

Your Challenge

Browse one of the links presented above. Share your favorite, why, and how you use video in your classroom.

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Karen Dishman December 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I tried NBC Learn and found videos about a variety of topics I found useful. Videos of interest in my profession included self-care, health and child development. I also checked out the Teaching Channel and was pleasantly surprised with all of the sharing of resources. I will use these videos to share ideas with the teachers I work with. One video I found useful was the video on Visual Cues.

Beth Bohnert (@bbohnert) December 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

I have found several videos on PBS Learn that are really good. I highly recommend this site to our teachers. I also like youtube, but often find myself recommending teachertube because it is unblocked at our school. Some of my students have been creating public service announcements and we have posted them to YouTube. I hope to do more of this in the future. This is a great place for them to build their online presence and to also spur conversations about digital responsibility.

kelleybland December 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

I really like teacher tube and pbslearn. I had never used pbslearn before, and I found some great resources on those two sites. I use videos to introduce a lesson or to reinforce a lesson.

Sue December 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I, unlike Mr. Wells, have viewed YouTube, on occasion, to learn how to do something that I was unfamiliar with or needed a refresher course on. To tell you the truth, I’ve always had second thoughts about actually showing a YouTube video to my students mainly because of the elementary grade levels I teach. I’m always concerned about something inappropriate popping up when I least expect it.

The rest of the list I was really unfamiliar with. I like PBS Learning Media for the variety of age-appropriate resources and that it’s free and no worry about what might appear. My third graders will be starting a research project shortly so this is one resource I will be using.

Gayle Mooney November 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Videos are a great teaching tool. I think I have used all of the sites mentioned above in one way or another. Thanks to the 30 day challenge, I now also use Blendspace to put together video clips on a specific topic to use in math, science, and even intervention time. I LOVE Blendspace!! Videos bring so much of what we talk about in class to life! I have had students create digital projects and they are able to insert videos into their presentations. One thing I really miss in the EVSC is Discovery Education’s United Streaming. I would LOVE it if we could ever get this service back. It is a fantastic resource.

Melinda Poole November 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I use PBS quite a bit. In the morning we have morning meeting with k-2 where we meet in the gym, do the pledge, school song, anti bullying pledge, announcements, and something fun, educational and theme based. I use videos from PBS to promote vocabuluary growth, in an innovative and engaging way. We always begin with a story, then move into those other items of business.

ss4122 November 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

I love that the videos on NBC Learn include the written transcript. There are not many video sites that are captioned so this option is great.

Melissa Mayer November 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I have used YouTube to look up computer keyboarding songs for my technology class and ways that technology has changed over the years. When I was a homeroom teacher I used YouTube ALL the time for every subject. In science I could always count on YouTube to help either introduce or reinforce a topic. One of our 5th grade teachers just used YouTube to find a video to help show videos for her students who are working on Persuasive writing. She showed her students that even though something may be cute and good you have to ask did it really persuade you? My daughter who is a sophomore in high school just used YouTube today to discuss copyright and digital citizenship. Our 6th graders recently found videos from various sites and then loaded them into the Mad Video site. In Mad Video they added tags that further explained the videos that they were using to present their Biographies. I could always count on finding Bill Nye or Cyber Chase to entertain and teach the kids. It is nice to find those short videos from PBS on its site. There are so many great shows on PBS. I used NBC learn for both Science and Social Studies to introduce and reinforce topics. Our students use Achieve 3000 and we try and focus on nonfiction and NBC learn is great to find videos to go along with the Achieve articles or to help reinforce nonfiction. My sophomore just said NBC is cool. NBC is nice because it reaches a wide variety and age range of audiences. I will have to share the Grammar, Math, and Science sites with our teachers. I wish some of them that are so funny and good didn’t have to have the explicit language warning with them so you could feel more comfortable using them in the classroom.

speeradams November 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

My favorite is NBC Learn. I like how it has the standards where you can search them. I have used it several times in my class. I have pulled up speeches and transcripts of the speech for students to watch and analyze. We lloked at different techniques Obama and Romney used in their speeches. This gives us real life speeches about up-to-date information for students to practice their skills on. Great site!

shanwright November 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

I love and have used Crash Course in my Social Studies classes. The kids get a huge kick out of the entertaining way the information is presented and the tongue-in-cheek humor the presenter uses to explain things. I have also used NBC Learn many times to bring in some real life video to what we are studying. I like the advance search feature on this site. It allows me to really weed out the content that is above level for my students.

mmemmer November 21, 2013 at 4:49 am

I use YouTube all the time to change up things in class. There are so many videos about motion and forces to choose from. Sometimes I show ones made by other students which my students really like. We sometimes evaluate their videos.

Many of the sources I had never heard of. Minute physics seems OK, but most were so fast that I might have to show them several times to my students.

I have used songs from Veritasium that I found on YouTube and they are good. The link for ASAPScience didn’t work.

Brian Hartman November 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

NBC Learn is a great tool that I have used several times. For me, they have numerous clips on things for physics, chemistry and engineering but they have all types of clips and even some full length shows. I have used several of clips all related to helmets. Several clips I used were about football helmets and concussions which is a very timely topic. Another clip that was really cool was about a new invisible helmet used by bicyclists. Essentially it is an air bag for your head that does not deploy until you wreak! This lead to some great conversations about engineering design, product development and the like for simple ideas.

I have also used SchoolTube and TeacherTube to host video I have used in class when YouTube was not accessible before MyBigCampus. Both are very good.

amykerney November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love NBC learn. I teach science and it is great having access to current information. I love that the videos are usually 3-5 min. You can even search for videos by standards. I use a mimo program to teach content to my students and embed the nbclearn videos into the lesson to introduce or reinforce content. For example, yesterday my 5th graders were learning about invasive species in ecosystems. We watched several nbc clips about the lionfish, burmese python and asian carp. They were so engaged.

Sherri Falconer November 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I use You Tube frequently. I have emailed body mechanics video’s to share with teachers. I checked out CM Punk’s Grammar Slam. I enjoyed it! It highlights the frequently used grammar mistakes in our language. I think kids would enjoy the video too. However, he is kind of angry at the world and is not appropriate for young kids.

Leah Simon November 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Most recently I used a you tube video showing real students doing a PBL presentation to a live panel of people. My students watched and critiqued it before getting started with their own projects. Tomorrow is presentation day… so hopefully by watching them we will have great presentations.

tiffraetodd November 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I have used all of these resources in the past and have done some trainings on them. I am quite fond of NBC learn. It has great videos and a wide range of subjects and grade levels. I like them all, I can always find what I am looking for.

Tyra Harnishfeger (@tyra_8) November 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

YouTube is great because students use it regularly at home. They are familiar with it–meaning no learning curve. For classrooms using a flipped classroom model, YouTube is easy to use. Teachers can upload videos for students to watch at home, so they can be prepared for class the next day.

Kathy Hughes November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

I have used YouTube and NBC Learn for several years. I just started using
Ted Talks(make sure you watch them first.) All of these sites are a great resouce to add to almost any topic.

msellers5678 November 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

I was just speaking with an elementary teacher yesterday who was frustrated with the lack of Geography resources available to her. PBS Learning Media has an incredible offering! She wants students to experience the sites and sounds of various cities. The following video series is incredibly interesting and fun! I cannot wait to share this with her!


aknueven (@MrCoachK15) November 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

These are great and I really like how you split them up by what they could benefit. I’ve seen some but not all and just learned about NBC Learn K-12 over the summer at the e-Rev conference which was great! Reading through other peoples comments, I especially like the historyteachers YouTube Page. Even if you read about a topic with students and even talked about it, putting things to music and popular tunes that kids might recognize is a game changer. I did just create my own YouTube page that I have added some how to videos, explanations, or rap about Romeo and Juliet that kids have used in the past but also so I can continue adding to as needed. Videos are not to be the main point of instruction but a great addition to some topics and can benefit some students greatly.

tracilangford November 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

I checked out several of these sights just to see what they had. I started with Teacher Tube but could not access at school – it was blocked even for me. I then went to Teaching Channel, PBS learning and Crash Course. I liked the PBS learning video that I watched. It was 2 characters telling about different cities in the US. Crash course was informative but seemed to go really fast. Not sure my students would be able to keep up.
I think I liked PBS because of the range of items for various ages. I also liked how the one lesson I watched asked the students questions at the end. They could take notes as they navigated a river and learned about it then answer the questions.
All of these would be great resources for students and could be linked to My Big Campus for students to watch.

jtcox4 November 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

CM Punk’s Grammar Slam is hilarious! I’ve recently been getting into more youtube channels and I am blow away with not only the quantity, but the quality. What a great way to bulk up lessons you already have, or better yet, let these videos teach the lesson for you! The Soulpancake channel also has lots of great ideas you can use for writing assignments.

Here is a link on The Science of Happiness I’m going to use before Thanksgiving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg

sfeller2013 November 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

Our school has just started using NBC Learn K-12. I do not teach classes, so I have really no need for the videos in the classroom. I do, however, loved how you could save, download and organize the videos for future use. I know that many of the teachers at our school use teacher tube, which seems very useful too. Being an elementary school You tube is not always appropriate for us, even though it has many useful videos on it.

Aliciabuse2013 November 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

I love using short videos in Biology! I use several sources regularly with My Big Campus Bundles. YouTube has been amazing..I’ve set up several playlists by topic for Biology lessons, and follow certain sources such as Crash Course, Sci Show, HHMI, National Geographic, etc.

I’m checking into NuSkool videos..very nice and constantly adding new videos on many topics (science & otherwise).

I like NBC News, but did not have a good experience with students choosing videos for a project from their iPad. Many videos were shortened to 15 sec. Some students found if they went to a desktop computer, then they could access longer videos.

I’ve received good and bad feedback of using videos from my students. Some like them for an attention getter on hard topics, others like them for reviewing on their own or helping if they were absent. Some students simply do not watch them at all unless it is mandatory.

I try to limit the use of videos in each chapter (1-2 short ones in a week). They are great, but should never replace classroom interactions for learning.

Paul November 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

I am guilty of using youtube to help in mathematics class! You litterally indexed most of the people I subscribe to on youtube. BUT! You missed a MAJOR math one!

VIHART! http://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart

She does some interesting and inspiring mathematics! I showed her video of a hexaflexagon to my students…and they are currently using them for everything. I have had a student put her geometric proofs on a hexaflexagon. SHE MADE 8 OF THEM!

Youtube people get ratings based off of how entertaining their videos are. The ones with math, science, and history, are an index for the most entertaining and enjoyable of the subjects. I use this to inspire and use it as an Idea-go-to for their MLA papers about mathematics.

Math teachers…check out Vihart!

Leah Simon November 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Thanks! Plan on checking this out ASAP.

pamlindsey November 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

It is amazing how many times during this 30-day challenge something has been posted at the perfect time for me! I just had a conversation yesterday with a teacher who uses the Crash Course videos in his World History lessons. The kids LOVE them. He often uses them as a quick introduction to a topic or a follow-up/review. Yesterday, he used one about Islam to help review the Five Pillars of Islam before we introduced their assignment using Tellagami and iMovie. (Note: As always, make sure you preview these videos before using them with your students. Some come close to “crossing the line” so you will need to determine if they are appropriate for your students.)

Other resources that he has used off of YouTube are songs posted by historyteachers. Historyteachers takes current songs that kids know and rewrites them to illustrate some point in history. If you haven’t seen any of these, try searching “historyteachers the French Revolution” for an example.

aknueven (@MrCoachK15) November 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for the historyteachers YouTube page suggestion!

Heather Coy November 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

I’ll be adding a link on my Weebly website to an interactive timeline I found on PBS Learning Media. The timeline traces inventions related to transportation, communication, and daily life from 1868-1898. My students will use this timeline to come up with topics for Sales Talks that they’ll deliver in conjunction with US History. I have videos posted from Crash Course, Grammar Bytes, and YouTube already on my Weebly pages.

Miranda Owen November 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

I have just started using NBC Learn and love it. I teach Language Arts, so sometimes it is harder to relate to my books, but I have found that during my biography units, there are a lot of great resources. My students are currently reading The Diary of Anne Frank and there is a great video about her house in Amsterdam.

I would like to start using The Teaching Channel more. I think sometimes the students need a different approach, other than listening to me.

Having a computer lab as a classroom, this allows me to use videos more in the classroom than some other teachers in my school. I have used videos to show students a trailer before a book. It is a great way to get them excited about the book they are going to read.

Peter Barringer November 20, 2013 at 6:24 am

I’ll be adding links to several of CM Punk’s Grammar Slam videos to my Weebly. In my journalism class, I created bellringer units that cover the ten most common mistakes young (and professional) journalists make. Three of the five videos on CM Punk’s channel correspond with bellringer units in that class.

I already use humorous resources such as comics from The Oatmeal, but I think the students will really enjoy hearing about grammar from a professional wrestler.

I might also use some of the Your Grammar Sucks videos. Even though they’d take a while to wade through, since they’re not organized other than by number, the videos cover many of the same errors my kids make.

John Wells November 20, 2013 at 6:14 am

First off, let me start by just admitting that I have a serious YouTube addiction. I have watched thousands of videos (really – my Google Analytics says I have watched close to 60,000 videos on my personal account!).

The VlogBrothers Hank and John Green (Brotherhood 2.0) have turned their YouTube experiment into a real business and have made a name for themselves with their videos. CrashCourse is an interesting channel because I like their delivery style. It is engaging and funny, but all the while it is informative and real. The material is challenging and enriching. I also like that they tend to find the information at the edges, that which is tending towards the trivial. If you like this channel, you can also check out John Green’s Mental Floss. It is much more like trivia, but it is fun and makes a nice bell ringer to get students’ minds thinking.

I didn’t see on the list, but I like to use 60 Second Recap for a lot of my literature. She is quirky, but fun to watch and does a good job incapsulating the work in just 60 seconds. I also like the fact that she does not dumb it down just because it is short.

Along the same lines, ThugNotes tries to boil things boil things down and then puts it into street language. It features a “thug” in a high brow library setting, describing the literature in street language. It is colorful and probably not for use in a class, but if your students find it, they will instantly connect with it. They will see that the literature has parallels in their real life because the narrator using language and examples they would be very familiar with.


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