Resources for Week 6 & 7 – Videos

YouTube & the Teaching Channel

This is a great site which comes from YouTube.  It has videos about teaching, with videos, in the classroom.  There are over 500,000 videos to choose from, ranging from early childhood to college level.  All subjects are covered and the all-important Common Core Standards are presented.  I like this site because it shows real teachers putting into practice what they are teaching.  There is also the added benefit of peeking “inside” classroom to gather new ideas from items on the walls, room set up, and desk arrangements.  The NETS-T (#2 & #5) are met by teachers gathering information to promote digital learning with digital tools.   They can customize the activities to their specific class or student.  And they are able to continue their own learning by tapping into the most current research and professional practices which are available.  This resource is a positive way for me to further my limited knowledge of the use of videos in a classroom.  Plus I will be able to glean new ideas from other teachers.  Collaboration without leaving my classroom!

YouTube & Schools

This site is set up for school use and it is free!  It gives your school hundreds of thousands of educational videos.  They come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS, etc.  As a teacher you can customize the videos which are available for students to view or the content available to your school.  There are hundreds of videos which align with the Common Core Standards for all subject being taught.  Students are limited to what you want them to watch, but it allows for teachers and administrators to watch any video.  You can get worldwide videos or narrow the parameters to a specific country.  NETS-S (#2-#5) is being met by students learning to collaborate, communicate, and interact with peers, experts, and/or other cultures.  They learn to locate and evaluate information with digital tools for specific tasks.  They gain new perspectives and explore different solutions to issues.  And, in the process, they demonstrate the responsibility of digital citizenship by using safety when giving/receiving information on digital tools.  I am excited to use different videos in teaching all subjects. This allows for me to expand my teaching methods to include the use of audio/visual lessons for students.

Watch Know Learn

This site is a great resource for videos to use for students and to expand teaching skills.  It has videos for ages 3-18 with numerous subjects.  There is a completely separate section for Common Core Standards set up by grade level.   Under the classroom section there is three different parts of purpose, how to set up, and go to.  Plus there is a listing of educational Internet resources available to teachers.  NETS-T (# 1-#5) is being met by employing knowledge of subject matter through digital tools, personalizing learning experiences for students, and modeling the use of current digital media.  Teachers can also promote cultural and global awareness in responsible use of those tools.   And teachers can continue to be lifelong learners in their chosen profession. I believe this site will continue to expand my own knowledge of digital media and how to use videos in my lesson plans.  It is exciting to check out all of the possibilities!


Though I made reference to this site concerning an article from last week’s topic, I wanted to share this article about classroom teaching and YouTube on  It is chuck full of resources with links to help in using videos in the classroom.  It gives links about concerns of author’s rights, laws, and fair use checklists.  There are other websites pertaining to the same topic of videos in the classroom.  It also includes ten Edutopia related resources to check out.  NETS-T (#2 & #3) is being met by teachers developing digital age methods for their students which promote learning and creativity.  They are collaborating with peers to support research and student learning.  And teachers are improving their own knowledge of the digital age. I especially like this article because I can quickly find and access information I may be seeking, to further my own professional growth and creativity in the classroom.

Kids Know It

This site is set up for educational videos to use in the classroom.  You can choose the grade level you want, from K-8 and they are all free.  There are videos about Science, Social Studies, and Biology available.   There are links to educational websites and resources.  They have worksheets, games and educational music to complement each subject video.  Common Core Standards are addressed along with free K-12 lesson plans.  NETS-T (#3& & #5) is being met by the modeling of digital age learning with current resources.  Also, teachers are improving their professional practice by use of digital tools which are available. I can see the use of this site in my grade level of K-5.  The videos are entertaining and visually appealing.  They include animation, maps, primary source pictures and documents.  It is a great resource for elementary!


This site is a great tool with a large collection of free educational videos for K-12 grades.  There are videos about Science, Geography, Human Body, Social Studies, History, & English.  Under each subject it is broken down into more specific subtitles. Then each video is listed as to what the topic is on.  They have lessons and games to go along with the videos, which are printable.  It is also very kid friendly and would be a site you could have students do independent research from.  There are interactive diagrams available for whiteboard use about each subject.  The NETS-T (#1 & #2) is being met by having students engage in real world issues/concerns through the videos.  The site also is a digital tool for teachers to adapt learning with classroom videos, which promotes creativity and learning for students.  I can see the use of this site as a great asset in lesson planning for my future classroom. My favorite thing about this site is they have already done the hard work for me in finding the videos.  A great time saver!

National Geographic & Videos/Kids

This is another great site for videos which are about animals and habitat.  It is very kids friendly and would be a positive place to send students when they are doing research.  The videos are about specific animals, insects, and reptiles.  Through the video it shares factual information about the subject.  Other subjects they have besides videos are: games, animals & pets, photos, countries, and fun stuff.  Under these tags you can break the search down more by animal and habitat.  As would be expected from National Geographic, it is a site which is well done, colorful, with loads of photos, videos and information.  NETS-S (#3 & #5) is being met by students engaging in locating, organizing and evaluating information gathered about specific animals.  They are able to use the technology systems and, enjoy themselves in the process.  I can see this being a favorite site for elementary students to go to.  It is a great resource for students to collect factual information about animals units studied in class.

Zane Education

This site provides Visual Learning Solutions through the use of Videos, Closed Captioning, Lesson Guides, Homework and with a range of abilities for most students.  It does cost for a membership.  However, with 1,500 videos and teaching resources the site has available, it may be worth the money.  A basic membership is $8.99 a month or you can buy what they call a topic taster, which is one topic for $5 a month.  They have all the normal curriculum topics covered – Art, Biology, Geography, Health, History, Literacy Skills, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies – with each of these subjects broken down into specific topics.  They also have a section for special needs – gifted, learning difficulties, visually impaired, ADD& ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, & other special needs.  NETS-S (#3 & #4) is being met by students using the videos to process data and report on the results.  Plus students are learning to think critically and make decisions in collecting and analyzing data.  I could see using this site to enhance my teaching methods on many different subjects.  The one issue I had with the site is they did not have videos for you to preview to see how they are set up.  $5 for a month to try it does not seem out of reach though.  They do mention they are reconstructing their website for this possibility.

School Tube

This site is a fun place to watch what other kids are making videos of and a great place to share videos your students have made.  As the site says, “Safe, Secure, and Free!”  There  are two parts – one for students and one for teachers.  Then it is broken down into all manner of topics, with subtopics under them.  It gives the date, subject, and length of each video.  There are portions of the site which show how to create your own video, watch other student videos, and see students from around the world.  There are trends for the week, community public service, and history sections.  It is very creative and fun to see other students, gathering ideas for your own classroom.  NETS-S (#1,#2, #5) is being met by using creative thinking to plan videos, leaning how to communicate and collaborate with fellow students, and showing a positive attitude towards use of the technology with the videos.  I can see using this site to show my class what other kids are doing, for inspiration to them, and a fun place to post their own creations on.  It makes me smile to watch the creativeness of the different videos.

( I’m adding an additional website because I could not decide if YouTube and teaching channel is the same as the teaching channel.  🙂

A teacher’s bag of tricks

This is an awesome blog site for videos, set up by an instructional tech. teacher who has 14 years of experience.  It lists websites, gives their URL, and a short description of what each site is about.  There are 45 different topics to choose from, with anywhere from 8-21+ websites being listed under each topic.  They cover basically all topics regarding to digital tools a teacher may want.  There are examples of sites to make your own videos, where to find educational videos, kid friendly videos,  Internet safety for Kids, digital tools to enhance your own video making and much more.  NETS-T (#1-#5) is being met by expanding the teacher’s knowledge of digital tools available.  Teachers are designing new ways to learn for students and promote digital citizenship within their classroom. And they can engage in their own professional growth and experience.  I excited about this site because it is set by an experienced teacher who understands what needs a teacher has, is set up in an easy format with all the necessary information provided and you can contact her with questions.  It will be a great resource for my own teaching methods which will increase my performance in the classroom.

About Jan Rue

Hi, I am a graduate student at Western Oregon University working towards a masters in teaching with an endorsement in reading. I am not currently teaching but hope to be able to teach in the elementary level.
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1 Response to Resources for Week 6 & 7 – Videos

  1. tciscell says:

    I had no idea there was a sub-part of YouTube that was focused on education – that is fantastic! I especially like that “there are hundreds of videos which align with the Common Core Standards for all subject being taught.” This makes it so valuable, thank you for sharing this information. In a similar vein, also sounds easy to use and extremely valuable – as you say, “Common Core Standards are addressed along with free K-12 lesson plans.” Those are the buzzwords every teacher and administrator wants to hear! I also appreciated the concept of having “…lessons and games to go along with the videos, which are printable.” While I am fully capable of picking out videos that match the lessons I want to teach, having a website do that work for you saves you time and helps you focus even more on delivery or on developing the lesson further. I hadn’t considered a community location to share student made videos; I guess I was envisioning posting student content to a class website instead. However, sounds great, especially since students can “watch what other kids are making videos of and (have) a great place to share videos (they) have made.” Thank you for sharing all these fantastic resources! You are supporting all of NETS-T #5: “Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.”

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