Beyond YouTube:Other Great Video Websites Danielle Johnson Stone Bank School Library 02.15.12
Sure, you’ve heard of YouTube, but did you know there arecountless other websites out there for learning through videos?Following are some of the best video websites on the Internet!
TED Talks: www.ted.com TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out as a conference in 1984, but has since become broader. The award-winning website takes the best talks and performances from TED conferences and makes them available to the world, for free. The mission: Spreading ideas.
Excellent Examples Jill Bolte Taylor – “My Stroke of Insight” http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html Jane McGonigal – “Gaming Can Make a Better World” http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html David McCandless – “Beauty of Data Visualization” http://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization.html David Gallo – “Underwater Astonishments” http://www.ted.com/talks/david_gallo_shows_underwater_astonishments.html Johnny Lee – “Wii Remote Hacks” http://www.ted.com/talks/johnny_lee_demos_wii_remote_hacks.html Salman Khan – “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education” http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
PBS There are lots of great videos available for free on the PBS website. These videos offer information on every subject imaginable. Two of my favorite programs, and two that have a great deal of educational value are Frontline and NOVA ScienceNow.
Excellent Examples Frontline Growing Up Online (ESSENTIAL VIEWING In my opinion): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/ Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ai-wei-wei/ College, Inc.: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/view/ NOVA ScienceNow What’s the Next Big Thing?: http://video.pbs.org/video/1801365037 How Smart Are Animals?: http://video.pbs.org/video/1777525840 Can We Live Forever?: http://video.pbs.org/video/1754457671 Can We Make it to Mars?: http://video.pbs.org/video/1752557302
Intelligence2 Debates Intelligence2 Debates are based on highly successful Oxford-style debates, but take place in New York City. These debates focus on a wide range of provocative and timely topics like clean energy, the financial crisis, and the Middle East. Since its inception in 2006, the goals have been to provide a new forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the toxically emotional and the relatively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing side has intellectually respectable views.
Excellent Examples: Obesity is the Government’s Business http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past- debates/obesity-is-the-governments-business/#dm-col-a The World Would be Better Off Without Religion http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past- debates/the-world-would-be-better-off-without-religion/ Men Are Finished http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past- debates/men-are-finished/ Organic Food is Marketing Hype http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past- debates/organic-food-is-marketing-hype/
CommonCraft At the bottom of the CommonCraft website (www.commoncraft.com/), youll find a list of videos that continues to grow. These videos offer clear, easy-to-understand explanations of things like Computer Viruses and Threats, Copyright and Creative Commons, Podcasting, Secure Passwords, and even zombies! These videos have an outstanding reputation and I use them regularly with our middle school students. Highly recommended!
BrainPop BrainPop is a database of really great educational videos. We use BrainPOP regularly at school, but there are far more videos here than we could ever watch during the school day. These videos are aimed at children, but really anyone could learn from them. They’re both educational and entertaining. BrainPOP is an excellent resource, and since we pay for our subscription, we should try and get as much use out of it as possible! (Ask your student for the username & password to view from home)
WatchKnowLearn.org WKL offers access to free educational videos, and it’s really well-organized. This site is an alternative to YouTube aimed at children and families. Next time your student needs to watch a video for review or to learn something, you can feel comfortable directing them here rather than having them explore on YouTube.
And Finally… YouTube YouTube recently started a new program that allows schools to create their own channel of videos they deem appropriate, educational, and of interest to their school community. We have a channel at this URL: www.youtube.com/user/StoneBankSchool So far, no videos have been added, but check back soon because I have plans to add all sorts of great videos of interest to Stone Bank families!