Finished learning about the circulatory system? Here's a Magic School Bus video to watch. Finished learning about magnets? Here's a Bill Nye the Science Guy video to watch. Finished reading Shiloh? Here's the movie-version to watch.
In fact, I only remember watching videos in Science or English classes. The only times we ever watched videos in Social Studies, Math, or any of our elective courses it was an unrelated video that was watched during a "fun class" or when we had a substitute teacher.
In today's classrooms, video can and should be used at any time during the lesson to assist in student understanding and present material in a way that you can't. The internet has opened up so many options for teachers that cost is no longer an issue. We don't need to worry about ordering in new video content or loaning out videos from other schools to use. A quick Google search can find thousands of videos out there that are created specifically for classroom use.
In addition to using video to acquire new knowledge on a subject, I've also used video clips to jog students memory on a topic and activate their prior knowledge on a subject. For example, when we began discussing the War of 1812 I had my students complete a K.W.L chart on the subject (what they KNOW, what they WANT to know, and what they LEARNED). After letting them discuss and write down a few ideas, I showed these two videos:
After watching these two short clips students began talking about what they learned in previous classes and what they had heard in the media (since it was the 200th anniversary of the battle). I found that these videos helped students get excited about the topic because they knew a framework of what they would be learning and they especially wanted to make sure they could answer all the questions in the interview-style video.
Here are some places where I go to find videos to use in the classroom:
- If you haven't already subscribed to the Crash Course! YouTube Channel
you should go do so right now! John and Hank Green have created short
(14 minutes or less, approximately) videos to teach about World History
(John's specialty) and Biology (Hank's specialty). So far there are 81 videos!
- These videos give a breakdown of all of the important information on a topic
through easy-to-understand lecture, videos, images, maps, neat graphics, etc.
I like the fact that these videos explain the how and why and not just "this is
how it is" explanation that you often find on the internet.
- These videos are definitely something that I am going to use in my class as a
review tool or even as an activating strategy!
- If you haven't already subscribed to the HipHughes YouTube Channel
you should go do so right now! Keith Hughes, a YouTube Next EDU Guru,
has created hundreds of videos (approximately 30 minutes or less) to
teach about World History, US History, Politics and more!
- Keith seems like an awesome teacher and his videos are very engaging!
He uses a lot of different music, backgrounds and eye-catching intro clips
to catch your attention quickly. I really like that Keith's explanations really
seem like he is talking to a class, not a robotic scripted speech like some
edu-videos I've watched.
- I like that he has created playlists so that videos are easily searchable by
VSauce YouTube Channel
- This YouTube Channel features some great videos that could be used as
activating strategies in the classroom such as "Is the 5 Second Rule True?"
and "What if Everyone Jumped At Once?". These videos are very
engaging and I can see students getting really excited by the off-beat and
- These types of videos could also be used as examples for teachers and
students to create their own videos!
* Some videos on this channel would not be appropriate for the classroom
so make sure you explore fully before you use it in the class
- This YouTube Channel features some amazing videos that would be perfect
in a science class. The RSA Animate style of the videos is engaging and the
information is summarized clearly and quickly!
- If I was teaching physics I would definitely show these videos in class or have
the links available for students to checkout at home for homework help.
- I have absolutely no background in physics and I found these videos pretty
I Witness: Holocaust Video Archives
- I Witness is the perfect resource to bring history to life!
- This website is an archive of 1,000+ one-on-one interviews with
Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.
- This website is specifically designed for educators, allowing users to
not only watch videos but edit their own video projects, browse the
encyclopedia and create secure accounts for students.
- From the amazingly wonderful TED non-profit group comes TED-Ed.
Their compilation of educational videos are the perfect accompaniment
to your classroom lessons.
- Not only does this website have some great videos, but they provide us
with the resources to create a customized lesson around it!
- MIT Video hosts more than 100 channels that users can easily search and view!
Scroll through their channel lists by subject area or for specific topics you may be
studying in your class.
- Not only could you use these videos to supplement your lessons but students
could also use these videos to research a specific topic.
- A "YouTube-style" website housing educational videos.
- Teachers and students can search and view videos on a variety of educational topics.
- A big plus is that the videos can be downloaded and saved!
100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers
- A comprehensive list of educational videos on YouTube.
- Includes videos on history, science, language, arts, inspiration, classroom
management, how-to's, technology and more!
- Provided by Classroom 2.0