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Multimedia Resources for Teaching in 21st Century Classroom

Free multimedia (video) resources for teaching and learning with technology.

iTunes U, iTunes U App iTunes U -Over 800 universities have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley — distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. In addition, cultural and education institutions, such as the Library of Congress, public broadcasting organizations, and state departments of education, also contribute to this growing educational content repository. iTunes U is the ideal resource for educators who want to gain insight into curriculum being taught worldwide, get access to primary resources, and find inspiration for enhancing teaching and learning with technology.

Building a course on iTunes U is easy…

To create a course, simply gather all the materials you need and follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the iTunes U Course Manager — a web-based tool accessible from a browser. Courses can include a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and other items. All of the course materials that you upload will be hosted by Apple and available to anyone taking your course. You can pull content and links from the Internet, iBookstore, App Store, and iTunes Store. Or you can gather material from among the 500,000-plus resources at iTunes U, including audio and video content from museums, universities, cultural institutions, and more. Once the course is ready, it’s a snap to distribute it to anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

Knowmia is a digital repository with more than 7,000 videos culled from the Internet by the site’s moderators in subjects from microbiology to Mandarin Chinese. In addition to the platform itself, the company has released the Knowmia Teach iPad app(iTunes link), which Braunstein described as an ‘iMovie for teachers.’ To help teachers illustrate concepts and demonstrate techniques in their videos (or even in class), the app lets teachers mark up a periodic table or manipulate a water molecule.

flipped classroom, teaching video platform

Teachers’ domain offers free digital media from public TV broadcasters for educational use. Users can search for materials via individual state standards, Common Core State Standards, or national standards from different organizations. Users can create online profiles in order to share the resources they have learned with others. The major funding was provided by National Science Foundation.

PBS LearningMedia is a merger between Teachers Domain and the PBS Digital Learning Library, holds more than 14,000 “digital learning objects” tied with national standards – videos, curricula, images, audio, and interactive sites – collected in one spot from public media, publicly funded agencies, the National Archives, Library of Congress, NASA, and Nova.

Next Vista is an online library of free videos for learners made by students or teachers around the world. It’s a online community to share educational videos and designed for classroom use so all videos are screened for  inappropriate and inaccurate content. There are three main video classifications that Next Vista uses. The Light Bulbs category is for videos that teach you how to do something and or provides an explanation of a topic. The Global Views video category contains videos created to promote understanding of cultures around the world. The Seeing Service video category highlights the work of people who are working to make a difference in the lives of others. Its videos can be downloaded directly from the site.

TeacherTube – an online community for sharing instructional resources for teaching, including videos, audios, docs, photos – is funded by the Department for Education but is operated by an independent media consortium, Education Digital

SnagLearning – dedicated to presenting high-quality documentary films as educational resources for teaching

SnagFilms gives you access to dozens of educational NOVA and National Geographic films that otherwise would need to be bought or rented.

Khan Academy – Bill Gates favorite teacher, developed as a open source project, this 1800+ video library is a free classroom for anyone, anywhere. Now there are practice modules integrated with math instructional videos, also there are analysis tools for teachers / parents to understand students’ status. (reference : Khan Academy and BitTorrent Partner to Distribute Educational Videos)

SchoolTube – a place for teachers and students to share videos online and in 21st century classroom, it offers free channels where teachers can post student videos, to premium channels and super channels with more features

TED – a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading

BLOSSOMS is a free repository of videos for high school math & science classes created by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world, seeded initially by MIT faculty members and by partnering educators in Jordan and Pakistan.


WatchKnowLearn has tens of thousands of free videos in English, Spanish and Chinese that cover a wide variety of subjects for ages 3 to 18 they have provided over 21 million views as a validation of their quality. And it uses software that allows wiki-style collaboration among users.

Neo K-12 – All videos on this site are a 100% safe. Also, there is a complete suite of educational tools for educators to choose from such as: quizzes, presentations.

Kids Tube – An excellent filtered site for video content for kids.

Media Literacy Clearinghouse is to assist K-12 educators to locate appropriate media resources for teaching, integrate them into classroom instruction, and help students read/judge media ; it’s a huge collection

The Media Spot integrates media literacy education through digital media production in schools, classrooms, afterschool programs, and other educational settings

American University’s Center for Social Media focuses on social documentaries for civil society and democracy, and on the public media environment that supports them.

Free Documentary TV – there are 1737 free documentaries in a variety of genres listed at the site and the number is continually growing, good resources for teaching in 21st century classroom

Science Multimedia resources selected (videos, podcasts, and interactives):

Qwiki gives you multi-media presentations for what you search on its website. They turn information into experience. The result is a story, told with images, text, and audio about the subject you searched for. You can sign up for free to save your search results, or watch others’ Qwiki from other people on the site. Its future plan is to provide a platform letting any website publisher turning their content into Qwikis.

The Glencoe/McGraw Hill Companies published a commonly used US History textbook : The American Journey Modern Times. To accompany that textbook Glencoe/ McGraw Hill hosts an online video library containing more than five dozen titles.

History Animated provides animations of the American Revolution, the US Civil War, and the US Pacific Campaign in WWII. In the three series of animations you will see the animated movement of armies displayed on a map, accompanied by captions describing the strategies of the armies as well as the results and consequences of each battle.

“America, A Narrative History” is a text published by WW Norton. As a free supplement to the book, Norton has published ten Google Earth tours. These tours include major themes and events in US History, providing history lessons within a geographic context.

Explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. The films profile issues facing the environment, education, human rights, public health, philosophy, animal welfare, spirituality, and disabilities. The lesson plans accompanying explore’s films are written for use in the K – 12 classroom and are connected to grade level National Standards.

Clip Blast is a directory website for finding video clips on any topic from all providers around the world. You can create your video library and share with your friends, or you can download or embed them into your websites.

Utubersity is a website that presents the best educational videos available on YouTube in an organized, easy to find way to watch and learn. They are classified and tagged in a way that enables people to find these materials more easily and efficiently. The website also enhances the experience using other means such as recommending related videos, Wikipedia content and so on. There’s also a Spanish version called

The Economics of Seinfeld Uses clips (as well as clips from other television shows or movies) to make economic concepts come alive, making them more real for students. Ultimately, students will start seeing economics everywhere. It’s developed by economics professors from Eastern Illinois University and Baker University.

Selected YouTube channels :

YouTube EDU – YouTube is rolling out a pilot program with schools that will redirect all YouTube links to educational content on EDU site. In addition, comments will be disabled and related videos will only be educational. YouTube plans to add hundreds of thousands of more educational videos onto it with more focus on K12 besides the existing contents on higher education. Teachers can choose from the hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube EDU created by more than 600 partners like the Smithsonian, TED, Steve Spangler Science, and Numberphile. More than 200 playlists have been designated by subject — math, science, social studies, and English language arts — and by grade level. Teachers can find them listed out at YouTube Teachers, which shows teachers how to use videos in classrooms. Teachers can also suggest their own education playlist on the site. To sign up for the Education network setting, network administrators can go to They’ll fill out a form and receive an authentication key that allows them to modify the http header. If YouTube is blocked, as it is in most schools, they can unblock the domain because all links will be redirected.

YouTube Teachers – You can get tips and tricks for incorporating YouTube in your classroom, best practices from other teachers; you might also find this post helpful : Flip Your Minds before Flipping Your Classrooms . The following are a few channels you might be interested.

Science :

Math :

English :

Shakespeare – Open University – The History of English

More :

National Geographic

This Week in Tech

NASA television

NOVA online

The Computer History Museum

RSA Animate: 21st Century Enlightenment

ViewPure is a free service lets you watch YouTube video without comments, suggestions, or the ‘other’ things (advertisement).

YouTube has launched a Creative Commons video library containing 10,000 videos under CC BY from organizations such as C-SPAN,PublicResource.orgVoice of America, and Al Jazeera. The library will serve as a base catalog of videos for users to access, edit, and incorporate into their own video projects. The YouTube Video Editor now contains a CC tab that allows users to search the Creative Commons video library and select videos to edit and remix. Users may remix videos directly on the editor platform, and any video that is created using CC BY-licensed content will automatically display the linked source videos’ titles underneath the video player.


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