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EDUCATIONAL VIDEO SITES

These sites are not listed in order of preference or quality, as both of those ratings can vary based on grade level or subject taught. They are, rather, listed in alphabetical order giving you the option of ranking them to your specifications.

Documentary Dish - (http://www.documentarydish.com/) While having to watch a PBS commercial at the beginning of each video can be annoying, the videos themselves make that minor annoyance worthwhile. Taken from programs like Nova, Cosmic Journeys, and Nature, these videos are amazing. When you select a video to watch, a series of related videos are offered on the same page. You can also easily embed these videos into your wiki.

Explore - ( http://explore.org/ ) A site with videos, photos, and a few lesson plans the goal of which is to "champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity, and to inspire lifelong learning". Videos can be downloaded if you register (free).

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - (http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=47&toplvl=41) A collection of free (yes, really) resources from Federal agencies. Spend a little time drilling down on this site, because there's some excellent material.

Kids Know it - ( http://www.kidsknowit.com/interactive-educational-movies/index.php ) This is not one of my favorites, but it might work for younger viewers.

NeoK-12 ( http://www .neok12.com/) offers free videos on a number of topics.

Schoolstube – ( http://www.schoolstube.com/staticPage.php?pg=teachers ) British site that offers videos, some teacher or student made, on a variety of topics. Because this site is UK based, younger students may find the accent used by the speakers on some of the videos a little hard to understand.

School Wax TV – (http://schoolwaxtv.com/ ) Videos collected from sites such as NASA, and Reading Rockets for use by teachers in classrooms. The English section has a Meet the Author section that includes a visit with Jan Scieszka, one of my favorites.

Snag Learning - ( http://learning.snagfilms.com/ ) This is a great site that offers many fine videos from a variety of sources including National Geographic. It allows you to view videos by grade level or topic which can be very helpful. There are a couple of disadvantages to this site, though. Each video begins with an ad (which is why they can offer these videos for free) but you can always start it up just before you need it, and then just resume play when you’re ready. You don’t have the option of selecting just a portion of the video to watch, but again, you can always play the video to the point you want to show, and pause it until you’re ready to show your class. Even though you can’t download the video, you can “snag” a preview of it and embed it on a wiki page. When the video is embedded, you can either watch the preview, or click on the “watch the movie” option and it takes you right to the movie.

TeacherTube ( www.teachertube.com ) The educational version of YouTube.

Teachers' Domain ( http://www.teachersdomain.org/ ) Free service (you just have to register) that contains videos (and more) from Public Broadcasting Stations. You can sort by subject, then by grade. Definitely worth checking out.

WatchKnow ( http://www.watchknow.org/default.aspx ) also offers videos for all ages in various subjects - many of which are accessed through youtube.

**YouTube** ( http://www.youtube.com/ ) offers educational videos in addition to all the "gems" you can find on this site
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· clean up the video so that the only thing that appears is the clip by putting it through ViewPure.com
· The easiest way to do this is to set up ViewPure on your toolbar.
o Go to the ViewPure site.
o At the bottom of the page, see Use it Anywhere. As instructed, click and hold the button that says “Purify” and drag it onto your bookmarks toolbar.
o Once it’s on your toolbar, all you have to do is click on “Purify” once you have your video and it will take out everything but the video clip. (You still have to manually close the ads by google by clicking on the x to close them out

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