FREE Digital Media Resources
There are many websites that offer FREE educational digital media resources created for teachers and students. To ensure that these materials are suitable for your students, always preview and evaluate any digital media resource before using it in your classroom.
C-SPAN Classroom - http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/
This is a free membership service dedicated to support educators' use of C-SPAN programming in their classes or for research. Members of C-SPAN Classroom may access free Timely Teachable Videos and video clips for use in the classroom, as well as lesson plans, handouts, and ways to connect with other C-SPAN Classroom members.
Annenberg Lerner - http://www.learner.org/resources/browse.html
Learner is a long-time vendor of educational media, and many of these titles can be viewed as "video on demand" for free. This website offers a comprehenisive list of all of Lerner's titles, so you have to select a program title and view the description to determine if it is a title that you can stream.
KHAN Academy - www.khanacademy.org
This library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
PBS LearningMedia - www.pbslearningmedia.org
These materials are produced specifically for educators, from PBS, WGBH, and over 55 public media partners. High-quality content tied to Common Core and national curriculum standards is freely available to all educators as a basic service.
SnagFilms - www.snagfilms.com
This site offers a broad collection of independent documentaries and films that meant to entertain and inform.
SnagLearning - learning.snagfilms.com
Features carefully selected films from SnagFilms' award-winning library of over 2,000 documentaries that are appropriate for students from middle school and up. The titles are indexed by subject and grade level and cover nearly every classroom subject and many are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic.
Teachers'domain - www.teachersdomain.org
Teachers' Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards. Resources include video and audio segments, Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities.
TeacherTube - teachertube.com
This site contains member-loaded, educationally relevant videos. User are allowed to make constructive comments and use a rating system to show appreciation for videos of value to one as an educator or learner. TeacherTube staff review flagged sites and will remove any inappropriate posts.
WatchKnowLearn - www.watchknowlearn.org
WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. Users can search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. The site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers.
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