Following our last blog post on podcasts, we thought it would be just as important to highlight content of the visual kind — educational videos! Besides being an excellent resource for teachers to use in the classroom, parents can also browse through these resources to find inspirational ways to learn at home and encourage their kids to watch these for additional motivation outside the classroom. Below, we’ve curated ten resources that we think will be helpful in this respect. We’ve included a varied range of sites that cater to different needs/interests, but at the end of the day, each come under the umbrella of education and would be great additions to anyone’s video playlist.
The good folks at YouTube have built this wonderful channel as a resource database, with content categorized into different levels of education and topics. Topics include Engineering, Law, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science, History and even Medicine! Most of the videos are derived from different sources so the content can be in the form of documentaries or even animation, but having it all organized by topic makes it extremely user friendly. There is something here for everyone, and the channel is consistently updated so that the content is fresh and relevant. This is a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom, particularly if they want to tackle topics that are on-trend with an educational twist.
National Geographic’s online videos are either in 10-12 minute long documentary style videos with detailed exposition, or brief 2-3 minute long shorts that feature pop up trivia and facts. These are best vetted and filtered by teachers and parents as content can be a tad too intense for younger viewers, but otherwise there is a plethora of topics available to browse through such as People and Culture, Animals, Environment, Science and Space and Technology. National Geographic is a classic resource for factual videos and documentary style pieces, and their online extension is just as good with each production being interesting and captivating, in high resolution quality to boot!
EduTube is a special resource in that it is community based. What this means is that contributions are accepted from anyone. The premise behind EduTube was to create an online resource that features high quality educational videos that can be searched according to certain specifications such as topic/duration/type/education level. The emphasis on quality is important, as EduTube aims to feature only the best in education, rather than make their website a resource for all kinds of videos. As such, expect to find the more popular and viral videos available here, sorted by rank.
Once again, this list would not be complete without mentioning a TED-Ed creation! In addition to their podcasts and various other media, their video lessons are fun and informative, with vivid visuals and captivating topics. Videos can be filtered according to student level (others if you’re a teacher/parent/mentor), topic or duration. Like a lot of sites, TED-Ed also allows for a collaborative sphere, so people are invite to include their own videos to the database as well. In addition to lessons, there are also series available that touch on various different topics, such as the Periodic Table, or the origins of words. All in all, this is a fantastic one-stop center for teaching and learning resources.
Edutopia was founded by George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars, so the expectation for Edutopia to be out of this world is valid. Lucas’ concept for creating Edutopia is very much in line with keeping future generations equipped with the best of education, and this starts with the teachers. Edutopia aims to show educators how they can “adopt best practices” and innovate the educational sphere. Their videos highlight “evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools”, and feature topics such as game based learning, tech literacy and how social media is becoming an important part of a teacher’s career network.
This is definitely more beneficial to teachers, in terms of how they can improve their methods, or what to keep an eye out for in terms of educational trends. Most of the videos feature teachers as well, and is a great database for teachers to collaborate in an online community to share their knowledge and learn new techniques they can incorporate in their classrooms. With their motto of “Getting Better Together” it is easy to see how this serves as a great platform for, by and with teachers. Another interesting point to note is that a lot of their videos feature topics pertaining to the Common Core Standards, and how teachers are adapting to this method of teaching, with tips and ideas.
Brightstorm is catered to students with a selection of free videos available on their database pertaining to different school topics, such as Math, English or Science. What’s great is you can see who is sharing this info, and Brightstorm prides themselves on engaging “all-star” teachers to help with their online video resources. They have an extensive “Math Library” with video lessons on various topics that students may find challenging, like Algebra. Since their formation in 2008, Brightstorm has evolved and changed, but their goal of providing effective support to students and teachers remains, with their service being used by 800 schools so far!
Yet another fantastic resource for teachers, Scholastic’s videos are also sorted via topic and feature helpful visual guides by fellow teachers related to teaching tips, classroom management and nifty and creative crafts that teachers can easily teach their students. Additionally,there are also video resources that touch on cultural topics like Black History Month and Chinese New Year, to help teachers educate in an informative yet culturally sensitive way. There are also some video series available on the website, like their Math@Work segment,which features different well-known personalities and how math is used in their careers, such as Tim Gunn, to show that even working in the fashion industry requires knowledge of math!
The Teacher’s Network is catered to teachers who seek to improve themselves independently, and their videos tend to be more investigative in nature, looking into the field of pedagogy and how it is evolving with the times. Though their videos can run longer than ten minutes, they are extremely informative and often show the day-to-day activities of various teachers who are happy to share their experiences and ideas with their fellow educators, essentially for the greater good of the kids! Every teacher has their own method that works for them, but sharing these ideas on this platform makes it a wonderful resource, particularly for teachers who are in challenging situations or are in need of support.
TES may be a resource from England, but it is useful internationally, and in fact is meant as a global resource — as they are dedicated to being a support system for “the world’s teachers”. With about 7.9 million registered users on their site, teachers can be rest assured that they will be able to find the tools necessary for their next lesson via this page. This online community also focuses on building a global network of teachers that can support each other, and inspire educators the world over. Besides their video database, which features content based on school topics and also discusses issues and challenges often faced by teachers, there are also teaching materials and lesson generators available online.
These are just some of thousands of video resources available online. The wealth of information available to us currently is always inspiring, and these ten are great examples of how we can all aspire not only to improve ourselves, but help and support others in need. Do you have any educational video resource you can’t live without? Share it with us!