5 Places to Find Excellent Video Content for Your Class

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This post was originally published in the La Colina Junior High School Library Blog

Do you sometimes need a short video clip to enhance your curriculum? Would you like an expert to help you explain a difficult concept? The following five sites are great places to find professionally-produced, engaging educational videos:

  1. Bio.com: Bio.com produces short videos and easy-to-read articles about almost any famous or historical figure—from Harper Lee to Walt Disney to Henry the VIII. You’ll be surprised at how much useful information you can find here. The videos appeal to students and the site is easy to access and navigate.
  2. PBS Learning Media: At PBS Learning Media, teachers can search by subject and/or grade level for lessons and video content. From a few quick searches, I found  The Art of the Interview for English language arts, Hydrologist Career Connections for Science, and One-Variable Equations for Math.
  3. Explore with Smithsonian Experts: On this YouTube channel, you will find a series of videos with Smithsonian experts explaining their work—how they observe, record, research, and share. Videos are short and high interest, with titles like Is There Graffiti on Lincoln’s Watch? and The Wright Brothers: The First to Fly…or Were They? (HINT: Press the Subscribe button and videos will be automatically delivered to your YouTube channel.)
  4. The History Channel: The History Channel contains short videos and articles about a variety of historical events, personages, and cultural subjects. To see what is available, search by Topics to find headings such as Founding Fathers, Civil War, or Holidays. For example, check out this five-minute video about the Political Career of John Adams.
  5. TED-Ed: Every time I check TED-Ed, I find more amazing videos. Teachers can search by subject, grade level, content, or duration. Many videos contain gorgeous animation illustrating useful topics such as The Origin of English or What Is a Calorie? Also, if they register (for free), students can answer quiz-style questions or participate in open discussions. Teachers can create lessons or customize existing lessons.
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