Using Online Video Clips for Learning

March 13, 2007 at 4:23 am (all, blogging, children, culture, Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary, High School, kids, life, Middle School, movies, news, Parents, personal, principals, school, school administration, teachers, technology, video)

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

–Mark Twain

Can your students use their imaginations? Do they have enough experience to imagine and visualize the content you teach? With an LCD projector and an Internet connection, multimedia lessons are just a click away. Follow the links below to sites that offer searchable databases full of educational video and connect with the visual learners in your classroom.

In “Seeing is Believing: Harnessing Online Video Clips to Enhance Learning” Brenda Dyck details the realm of possibilities and provides links to some great examples:

http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/profdev040.shtml

Annenberg Media offers a variety of multimedia resources– everything from professional development programs to videos you can use to build students’ background knowledge:

http://www.learner.org/view_programs/view.programs.html

Looking for a way to bridge content and popular culture? Wing Clips offers a diverse selection of film clips, from the American “Bridges to Terabithia” to the Israeli “39 Pounds of Love.” A subscription to the site is free for educators:

http://www.wingclips.com

Imagine taking your students across the country, virtually. Video clips from The American Field Guide explore animals, ecosystems, human history, space, plants and more:

http://www.pbs.org/americanfieldguide/index.html

Current events come alive when we help students build a historical context for them. The video gallery at History.com can help you do just that with an incredible range of material, and most clips are under five minutes in length. Categories include great speeches, history’s mysteries, and modern marvels:

http://www.history.com/media.do

Video is an effective component of staff development, and DVDs make it easy to bookmark and show short clips during staff meetings and other settings where time is limited. Most Stenhouse videos are now available in DVD format. Browse the selection (and view sample video clips) here:

http://www.stenhouse.com/videoindex.asp?r=n107

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