Educational Videos


Short educational videos can provide a significant boost to a lesson plan. What do you do when your favorite video site is blocked by content filters? We hope the following sites provide alternatives to YouTube and Vimeo -- two excellent but blocked streaming video sites.

Updated October 10, 2013: JCHS also has a Learn 360 subscription account, which hosts more than 95,000 educational videos you might consider using in your classrooms. Please contact the media center for more information.

Note: Always preview these films before class to ensure that they meet your curriculum goals and objectives and are free of mature content.

You might also consider two well-known educational video sites: Teacher Tube and School Tube.

ARKive offers educational videos and photos of 15,000 endangered species.

If you're interested in showing your students the inner workings of Congressional proceedings, visit the C-Span video library.

Along the lines of news videos, all of the major US Networks offer most of their nightly news as online videos. For news videos that are kid-friendly try CNN Student News.

DotSub may be a good resource for language instruction. Watch videos with subtitles in your language or change the subtitles to a language students are learning. You can also upload your videos and create your own subtitles.

Explore produces and hosts high-quality documentary films, "live cams," and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world. The films and images are organized by destination. There are twelve destinations in all including China, Tibet, the Middle East, and India. is funded in part by the Annenburg Foundation.

Folk Streams - "A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures." Folk Streams features streamed videos with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

The Global Oneness Project is a digital, ad-free, bi-monthly magazine that also features short videos. Through stories, they explore the threads that connect culture, ecology, and beauty.

The History Channel and the Discovery Channel both offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their respective television networks.

Homework Help – From Discovery Education, this site links to many videos related to math, science, English, social studies, technology, and more.

HowStuffWorks uses various media in its effort to explain complex concepts, terminology and mechanisms, including photographs, diagrams, videos and animations, and articles.

iTunesU – Create materials – instructional videos, podcasts, etc. – for your classroom or browse what has already been created.

Khan Academy features hundreds of videos on covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance. Wider subject areas include math, science, social studies, art history, and more. One downside is that the site sometimes links to YouTube videos, which are blocked.

LearnItIn5 is a video library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students “make the jump” to a 21st century digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.

MIT Video - Developed and maintained by the MIT News Office, the site aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute's offices, laboratories, centers and administration.

PBS Video – Watch high-quality PBS programs including NOVA, NOVA Science Now, American Masters, and more. Content areas include science and nature, technology, health, history, and culture and society.

Reuters Video Feed - If you're looking for current news content, you may consider subscribing to this news agency’s video feed.

The Teaching Channel contains a video showcase of inspiring, effective teaching practices and strategies. They are currently building a section devoted entirely to Common Core State Standards.

TED and Big Think offer intellectual discussions and presentations about a wide variety of social, political, scientific, and economic topics.

WatchKnowLearn provides access to free K-12 educational videos organized by subject area and grade level. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory.

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