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?”
- Vsauce2 – Vsauce2 regularly introduces new technologies and things that will simply blow your mind.
Can you tell I like science a lot?!?
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.
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!
Browse one of the links presented above. Share your favorite, why, and how you use video in your classroom.
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