So, you have the almost-perfect-lesson planned, but it needs just a little multimedia support to grab the visual learner’s attention. Here’s a few places to find just what you may be looking for.
(See more information about YouTube below…)
Learn 360 is the service that replaces Discovery’s United Streaming. It is very user friendly- in fact, I like it a little better. You still have to hunt a bit to find one that is the proper level and not too “hokey,” however, there are good search filters to narrow it down for you. I recently looked up a short video on mitosis and was pleasantly surprised- the video included several “Stop and think” places embedded in it, where the students have 10 seconds to reflect & write, as well as support docs to go with the topic. Student access is coming soon- so you can assign a video for homework or for the absent student. Access it through our staff page or the Polk County site (not the commercial Learn 360 site) and sign in using your polk-fl credentials. (NOTE: If Learn360 does not open, try another web browser. It would not open in Firefox for me, but did in Chrome.) LINKS: LHS Learn360 Information page PCSB Learn360 Login page
Discovery Education continues to offer some video streaming that is now tied to specific content strands and often includes related resources and interactive web materials. Click here to download a detailed instructional PDF, Accessing Discovery Videos. To find the videos, go to http://www.discoveryeducation.com, login using the PCSB instructions (Login: FL53.School#.5digitSAP; Password: 5digitSAP), click on Assessment tab and scroll to the bottom to view the resources available. To get to videos and interactive web materials, choose View Resources. From there, you can choose from several standards formats including Florida Next Generation SSS, Common Core, National Standards and College Readiness. Although the resources are grouped under specific subjects such as math, science, and language arts, with some creative searching, you can find something for just about every subject. I found great resources on ethics, propaganda, how to research, mass media in presidential campaigns, even instructions on how to make a book- which would be a great way to apply content in any class. (I found that under Florida Next Gen SSS, Grade 10 Reading/ Lang Arts, Information standard, Functional Writing- the thinkquest.org resource. Direct link is below.) With some cross-curricular thinking, you will find new ways to incorporate a wide range of resources. LINKS: Discovery Education How to Create a Book Creating Discovery Probes (another way to use Discovery to create assessments using their resources)
PBS Learning offers many multimedia resources, all completely free. There are video, audio, interactive media, even lesson plans & other written resources- created by well respected PBS contributors. Sign up for a free account and start your treasure hunt. You can mark favorites as you go, then add tags to your resources under the Favorites tab to easily sort your list. Once you have favorites, you can set up a class page to share your favorites with students. After you name your class, you can then set up sections for your courses or class periods. Create a web quest for the computer lab or laptops, assign as homework or as resources for absentees. There are many ways you can use this site- currently, they are featuring Black History Month resources. One tip- I searched using the grade “13+” to get the more advanced resources, but you can search for any grade level. Thank you, Stacy Moser for this resource tip! LINK: www.pbslearningmedia.org
For a quick attention grabber to start your lesson or a short visual to accent your point, YouTube & TeacherTube are great places to search. TeacherTube will give you educational videos and clips without some of the questionable content results in a general search, however, the selection is limited. Searching YouTube will give you a wide variety of results, but there are definitely videos that are inappropriate, or related videos you don’t want to advertise and users can add comment bubbles that will get you in big trouble. Now YouTube has a sub-site that functions similar to TeacherTube- find it at YouTube.com/education, or click the Education tab on the YouTube home page. To easily download videos in a variety of formats, use KeepVid so that you don’t have to stream them. Thanks, Cheryl Pierce for the KeepVid tip! LINKS: YouTubeEducation TeacherTube KeepVid
Create your own videos or have your students create videos- they can create a video that you can use later, or, have your advanced level classes create something for a level 1 class. Then, upload to YouTube, TeacherTube, Vimeo, Viddler, or do a search for a list of many others. Most offer free hosting for a designated time period (usually 30 days), but some, like YouTube, keep the videos until you take them back down. Research the services before incorporating into your class- many of them have a general home page with featured videos that you may or may not want to advertise. (I personally like YouTube/Education or TeacherTube for this reason.)
You can also create your own YouTube channel- see the YouTube help page How to create a YouTube channel– and add videos that are relevant to your class. Find and subscribe to other channels in your content area to add content to your YouTube home page (my current favorite is BozemanBiology for my class- science readers, it also has chemistry, physical & earth science). YouTube will recommend other videos for you to view or add to your home page.
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Happy Video Hunting!