Monday, 28 May 2012

For your Viewing Purposes

The internet can be overwhelming for teachers with the number of webpages to scour for appropriate, educational content that can be viewed and implemented in the classroom.  Many teachers rely on YouTube as a source for video content that can be used in an educational setting, but there are plenty of other great websites to peruse to find the right video for instructional purposes.  I've complied a brief list of a few video resources and have tried to cover a wide base of subject areas and applications.  Please check these out for your upcoming lessons and offer the list to your students for their own use.

Vimeo is a great resource for both creating and viewing videos.  The website has videos in a wide variety of categories and has an informative video tutorial for those interesting in improving their own video creating skills. 

School tube is a great way to connect students who need to be away for extra-curricular activities or illness to what has been completed or discussed in class.  This website allows you to sign up as an institution and essentially create your own channel, which you can use to 'broadcast' your lessons, class discussions, whatever you are doing on a particular day in the classroom, to students who are absent from class.  All you need is a camera, the ability to upload video to the website, and voila! Your students can view what took place in class and get a similar experience with what you've presented live in class, in video format.

If you are looking for a way to present new concepts in class or having students complete a research project on science related content, Untamed Science would be worthwhile to check out.  It has articles that students can read and related videos on topics such as cell biology, genetics, and world biomes. is a compilation of thousands of educational videos compiled from multiple sources. There is an app available for this site.

How Stuff Works will feed the curious mind.  It shows behind the scences video, demonstrating the inner works of everyday activities and processes. 

The last, (but not the least useful) website I'd like to mention is Math t.v. This website, created by Charles P. McKeague, a recognized college math professor and math textbook developer,  offers tutorials on a variety of math concepts and there are often a choice of 'tutors' that offer their assistance with each topic. Basic math concepts such as expanded notation, word problems, and rounding numbers are explained as well as more sophisticated concepts related to calculus and trigonometry. 

There are plenty of websites that I haven't explored here, but will definitely mention in posts to come!

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