Free Online Video Resources

Activity 10-69  (December 2011)

Part 1: 
There is a vast collection of free online video resources.  Some sites include videos that can be streamed online and others offer the option of downloading the videos to your own computer to play.  Content amount and topics can vary greatly among the sites, but I believe you'll find a wealth of educational videos available. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.  Instead, it is simply a collection of sites that I have found in my exploration of online video resources over the years.  

Part 1 Assignment: 
Explore the following online video resources.  Some of the links are categorized by subject areas.   

Respond to this blogpost (see "comment" link at the bottom of the post).  Include in your response:  your name, the title and link to a "favorite" site that you explored, a description of the content available on the site, and any additional information, if you wish, about how you might use the site.  If you have trouble posting your comment, let me know.  

Estimated time:  2-3 hours 

Multiple subject areas 

NC Live
Includes over 250 documentary and educational video programs chosen by NC librarians.  Search for videos or by topics including science, US and world history, biography, current events, the arts, and other subjects.  Also includes several educational series for children.  You can access the videos from school (or at home with a password from your local library). 

Snag Films- free documentaries
Choose from over 850 full-length documentary films to watch online (or embed in your blog) for free.  The films I’ve watched on this site include short commercials, but there are some great documentaries here.  Search by keyword or topics, including campus, environment, health, history, international, life and culture, music and arts, politics, religion and spirituality, science and nature, sports and hobbies, and women’s issues. 

Open Video
This shared digital video collection includes thousands of clips/videos searchable by keyword as well as by genre and duration.  Collections include videos from NASA, National Archives, and more. 

PBS Video
Find PBS video by program, topic, or collection.  You can also search by keyword.  If you can’t find a video you’re looking for, you can look in their “more videos” section 

PBS Kids Video

The kids video section of PBS includes hundreds of hours of full-length shows and clips of some of PBS kids programming, including Arthur, Maya & Miguel, WordGirl, and more. 

Academic Earth

Find full video courses and lectures from world scholars at universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.  Search by keyword, subject, university, or top rated instructors.  Subjects include biology, chemistry, history, literature, math, and much more.  Even though these are college level lectures, there is certain to be some content adaptable to high school level classes. 

BBC Learning Zone Clips

Most any search for educational resources online will lead me to a BBC website.  Looking for educational videos is no exception.  This BBC site included video clips for primary and secondary students in subjects such as art, history, foreign language, language arts, math, and more.  Find clips for subject area topics or search by keyword or clip number. 


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  Each year, there is a TED conference in California and Oxford UK featuring speakers from all over the world who give a short (less than 18 minutes) talk on “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  Search by theme (technology, entertainment, design, business, science, culture, arts, and global issues), speakers, ratings, and more.  New talks are posted often.
Check out the Teaching With TED wiki at to find resources and ideas for using TED talk videos in your classroom. 

Teachers Domain (requires free registration)

This website requires free registration, but has a wealth of materials including videos, professional development resources, and other digital media resources.  After logging in, you can bookmark your favorite sections of the site to create easy access to the content that is most relevant to you.  Browse by K-12 subject area, professional development topic, or special collection or search by keyword. 


Videos and pictures on this site are student-produced and will be approved by moderators before being posted online.  Therefore, this site is a great resource for finding student created materials that are safe and appropriate.  Search by keyword, categories, or by channels. 

Teacher Tube

Think of You Tube for education and you’ll understand the idea behind Teacher Tube.  You can find student and teacher created videos for the classroom as well as professional development content.  Search by keyword or browse the channels.  Content can be rated by users and inappropriate content can be flagged. 


YouTube is a very popular video hosting site with a library of millions of videos posted by users all over the world.  Based on this fact alone, it is obvious that all of the content won’t be appropriate for your students.  In fact, in HPS, YouTube is blocked for students.  However, if you take some time to search and preview some videos, you’ll find there is also a lot of valuable educational content that you can use in the classroom.

YouTube also has an educational section: 

This short video from Edutopia- “How to Use YouTube in the Classroom”- is a great starting point to helping educators search and use YouTube for educational purposes. 

Additionally, there are online file conversion tools, like Zamzar ( that enable you to download videos from YouTube, leaving behind the ads and links to other videos and allowing you to save the video offline. 

Research Channel

The Research Channel is available via satellite and cable television and was founded to share the work of researchers with the public.  The Research Channel website includes a video library containing over 3,500 titles in categories of arts and humanities, business and economics, computer science and engineering, health and medicine, K-12 and education, sciences, and social sciences.  You can browse by program title, series title and by university/institution.  Videos can be streamed or downloaded. 

A project from Edublogs, the online educational blogging platform, allows users to upload and view educational video content.  Search by keyword or category.  With free registration, you can save favorites and create playlists. 

Annenberg Media has created a site for professional development resources for teachers.  You can purchase content on DVD and in print, but you can also access streaming video online for free at  Browse by grade and/or subject area, including arts, foreign language, literature/language arts, math, science, and social studies/history.    Most video collections include additional resources.  (In addition to professional development video collections, includes an “interactives” section with interactive student activities for elementary, middle, and high.) 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

There are tons of teaching and learning resources for free from the federal government.  This section of the site is specific to the free videos available.  Search by subject area: arts & music, health and PE, history & SS, language arts, math, and science. 

Glencoe Media Library

Search for video resources by first choosing your state, subject, and level.  Then you can choose a specific textbook.  Even if you don’t use the same textbook in your class, you may find video resources that match objectives and topics you are covering in your class.  The subject areas include Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.  Some subjects/levels/and books have more video content than others, but it’s worth a look!

The Archive's Moving Images library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download. 

Open Culture: 125 Great Science Videos

Browse various science-related videos by category: astronomy and space travel; physics; biology and chemistry; environment, geology, and ecology; psychology and neuroscience; science and religion; and tech and math. 

Open Culture: Intelligent YouTube

This link includes a list of YouTube channels that may provide educational content for various topics and subject areas. 

Khan Academy

Explore over 2,700 videos covering these topics: algebra, developmental math, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, finance, history, art history, civics, and test prep.

Social Studies 

National Geographic Channel Videos

Featured video categories include full episodes, animals and nature, exploration and adventure, history and events, people and places, science and technology, Nat Geo wild, preserve our planet, and dog whisperer. 

History Channel

The History Channel website includes a video section where you can search by keyword, view by show, or by topic.  Categories include American history, military history, mysteries and unexplained, science and technology, and society and culture. 


This interactive news and history portal from NBC is designed for students.
Description from the website: “iCue is a fun, innovative learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives. Videos, games, and activities correlated to courses in U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, and English Language and Composition, and more.  A community of friends and learners engaged in discussion around academics, current events, and important issues.  A collection of Video Cue Cards, with thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives wrapped in a tradable, interactive virtual card.” has documented the journeys of humanitarians from around the world, providing the public with films and photos of these lives on the website.  Here you’ll find many film “bites” for all ages in a wide variety of topics.  Search by places (continent/area) or by causes (animals, children, culture, disabilities, education, elderly, environment, human services, human rights, music, special features, and spirituality).

Travel Film Archive

The Travel Film Archive is a collection of travelogues and educational and industrial films that show the world the way it was between 1900 and 1970. 

Teaching History has various history teaching materials available.  This section of the site is specific to history websites with videos.  Narrow the search results by keywords, topic, and time period. 

NC Public Schools: Distance Learning- Documentaries

The Distance Learning section of the NC Public Schools site include North Carolina related documentaries.  View the full list of videos or browse the titles/descriptions. 

Critical Past

This online archive includes thousands of hours of videos and millions of photos.  There are no license requirements or royalty fees for using the content from this site.  You can download the video/image content.  Search by keyword, by decade, or even by the week or your birthday. 

Culture Talk

CultureTalk features video clips of interviews and discussions with people from many different countries and of many different ages and walks of life. Some interviews and discussions are in English; more are in the language(s) of the countries involved. Translations and/or transcripts are given for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, and more. 

Folkstreams has two goals. One is to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. The other is to give them renewed life by streaming them on the internet. The films were produced by independent filmmakers in a golden age that began in the 1960s and was made possible by the development first of portable cameras and then capacity for synch sound. Their films focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities.



This site includes thousands of wildlife images, information, and videos.  You can search by keyword in the species, video, or images search box.  Arkive includes a special focus on threatened species. 


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a video collection with clips related to neuroscience, infectious diseases, DNA, and more.  The video search section includes lecture topics and video from the DNA Interactive section of the site  Videos from this site could be used in a high school classroom. 

Sixty Symbols

The University of Nottingham has collected sixty videos related to the symbols of physics and astronomy.  Click on a symbol to view a related video.  The site creators are working on adding sixty more videos.

Science House Foundation

Video Science is a collection of short videos of science demonstrations designed to serve as your digital colleague and science teaching companion. With over 80 videos currently, and more added every month, Video Science helps you find inexpensive lab tools and lots of experiments that are easy, effective, and hopefully fun to offer your students.



The Loyola University Chicago School of Education has posted over 300 math topic program clips from its cable television show Countdown.  You can find 4-7 minute clips in categories (number and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, extended response, technology, and connections) for elementary grade levels.


NOVA Teachers Video

From PBS, the NOVA Teachers video section includes complete programs and shorter science clips.  Search the teachers site by keyword or view videos by subject (including chemistry, earth science, life science, social studies, and more). 

Smithsonian Channel

View video “sneak peeks” and some full-length videos from the video section of the Smithsonian Channel’s website.  Search by keyword or browse by category (air and space, history, more Smithsonian, nature and animals, pop culture, Smithsonian kids, America’s war stories, newest videos, full episodes, and series).


This site contains animations and interactives for high school math, science, and social studies.  You can browse by course and topic or by textbook correlation.
Specific links on Hippocampus to Sci/SS subjects:

Educational Video Aggregators 

Some websites contain a collection of educational videos that are actually just links to other websites, possibly saving you time and energy as you search for relevant video content for your classroom.  Here are a couple of educational video aggregators: 

Search by topics/subjects and filter by age.  Main categories include, language arts, literature, math, science, history, social studies, languages, PE/health, arts, computers/technology, practical skills, philosophy/religion/ethics, educational hobbies/crafts, for teachers and parents, and more.  All video content is hosted on other sites, but users can find and share educational videos here. 

This site has links to tons of videos (and images) for preschool through high school.  Videos have been viewed to ensure they are safe, accurate, and appropriate for students. Search by keyword or by category. There are also Web 2.0 tools and lessons available on NeoK12. 

Kideos: Videos for Kids

Kideos is created to be a safe place for kids to watch videos online.  Each video is screened by a video advisory council before adding it to the site.  Search by age or keyword. 

Educational Videos

This search engine allows you to search for educational videos by keyword or category.

View “inspirational stories” that focus on character values like kindness and generosity.  Explore videos by category: everyday heroes, art & music, environment, business, science & tech, talks & interviews. 

Soul Biographies

Nic Askew, a film maker, musician, and poet, creates films about people.  These short, black and white videos give a deep observation into the lives of others.  They have been said to “shake the soul.”  Search for videos by keyword. 

Career Info Net

Explore careers by exploring the videos on this site.  There are skill and ability videos, industry videos, and work option videos.  You can download videos and there are Spanish versions for over 300 videos. 

Teaching Channel Videos

Find teaching inspiration in the videos shared here from The Teaching Channel.  Explore videos by subject (English/LA, Math, Science, SS), grade, or topic (planning, class culture, behavior, engagement, differentiation, assessment, collaboration, common core, new teachers, and celebrating teachers.)

My Delicious links tagged with the keyword “video” can be found at


  1. Name: Josh Elder
    Site: TED -
    Description: Influential people from across the globe deliver interesting and thought-provoking speeches/lectures on anything from (TED) Technology, Entertainment, and Design, to Business, the Arts, and other Global Issues that impact our world.

    I have actually used this site before in my classes. Most recently, after the passing of Steve Jobs, we watched a video from a commencement speech that he gave back in 2005. Students usually find these clips insightful, interesting, and relevant to today's issues.

    I also liked some of the other sites (for example: that allow you to download content, especially the videos. We are working with inserting video in PowerPoint, and it is nice to have real-life videos that the students can use to create projects.

  2. Hilary Hines -- Speech Pathologist (Jenkins)My favorite site was The site had a WEALTH of educational games, puzzles, quizzes, videos, interactive diagrams, and 1000's of pictures by topic. Topics included on the site were physical science, life science, human body, earth and space, geography, social studies, history, math, english and other (which included science experiments, "how it works", "how it's made", and child safety). I LOVED the interactive diagrams -- kids can drag and click word labels to label items in a category (i.e. mammals) -- this would be great to use with the students I serve who have language goals. the site also had an INCREDIBLY easy way to use pictures to create presentations -- especially good grabbing the interest for my low and/or younger students AND easy enough for some of my other students to use to create a presentation (my fluency kids can create a presentation and present it to me/other speech classmates). The videos were fun...child safety includes hand washing (among many other videos) which is great for teaching life skills, sequencing, etc... I liked knowing that all info on this site was reviewed and screened by k-12 teachers. I would highly recommend this site!!!

  3. Hi, Donna! Sorry I've taken a while, but I've actually been taking this long to look through everything with planning in mind. Here are my TWO favorite sites:
    1.) NCLIVE -- WOW! Just what I have been looking for in all the WRONG places! (History Channel, etc.) There are GREAT videos that I took the time to watch big chunks of, such as "A Class Divided," which I will use during Black History Month, and also, Ken Burns's Civil War Series (snippets, of course.)
    2.) Snag Films -- I actually had to look at this one twice to find what I thought might be there, and I'm glad I took the time. I can see using "From Chaos to Community," during the 9/11 observance next year, and then, a piece on Katrina, which I try to work in from time to time in my curriculum where I can, because N.O. is my home.
    I also 'snagged' a video that I shipped down to 7th Grade on "Blood Diamonds" in Africa, which they were thrilled to see. This was GREAT, and so very REAL, but without the violence and language of the Hollywood version.
    Let me know if I need to do more on this section of the blog....

    Patti Duffey, 8th Grade ELA/S.S.
    Northview Middle School

  4. Brent Hilston - Northview Middle School
    I have two favorite sites from this blog.
    The first is One specific video from this site is a poet named Sarah Kay sharing stories and poetry, some relating to science. I plan to use this video to introduce poetry to my science students and have them create a science themed poem.
    The second site I really enjoyed is This site has a LARGE amount of videos relating to the science standards I teach. One of the channels on the site is Scientific American Fronteers, which is an excellent show from PBS on new science fields that interest students. There is also a video on deep ocean technology that I plan on using with my students as review of our ocean unit.

  5. Wendy Lloyd

    My clip of choice is from Open Culture: 125 Science Videos.

    The video is about what happens to a cheeseburger when you place it in HCl acid. It's a great visual. I will use this when talking about acids, pH, and the periodic table.

    There's also a great video on the principle of superposition on youtube.
    I have already used this clip in my class this year. It really helped the students visualize how the older rocks lie under younger rocks.

  6. Carie Kahn from Northview just finished looking through the wealth of info that you sent. I have used before, but it was nice to be reminded to use Kuda as a way for students to see another person explain a math concept or refer a parent to the site if their child has missed class or needs enrichment. The site Countdown could not load on my iPad, but I can use it the same way. I love Karmatube for CKH launches. I also enjoyed the snag video site and HOPE I can find a video to incorrporate in math class.

  7. Bobby Dettelbach - Oakwood Elentary - PE Teacher (
    My favorite clip was from 1968 when a teacher named Jane taught a valuable lesson about discrimination. She separated blue-eyed students from brown-eyed students and told them that one was better in every way than the other...awesome! I plan to use some of these strategies to help my students better understand what it might make others feel like to be discriminated against based upon their eye color, skin color, etc....

  8. Michelle Montgomery Southwest There were several sites that i liked, youtube of course but i never have realy dug into it to find PE stuff. There are alot of dance tutorials that i can use seeing as how im not the greatest dance teacher and new games and activities to do with the kids. I also liked school tube. I like that alot of the videos are kids doing the activity. Some of the videos are sluggish and jumpy but not to the point that you can't use them. I want to do My whole body can move and the 12 days of fitness. There were a few things on teacher domain that i would like to try but i can't get the videos to play like spelling exercises and the arobic alphabet.

  9. Jenkins-3rd grade classroom teacher- It was extremely hard to pick favorites because there were so many sites that I found helpful. The ones that I thought that I would use the most often were:
    Khan Academy-2,700 videos that teach specific objectives- I like the way that Khan uses the interactive smart board with different bright colors to separate the different steps as he teaches each concept. He goes at a good pace, with lots of different ways to look at the same concept. His voice is easy to listen to, and the children will not be distracted by looking at a person, he/she will be concentrating on the board. I think that it could be used for introduction of a new concept, with the teacher following up in small groups for those that struggle-or vice versa. There are also opportunities for practice. It can be used whole or small group, or even on an individual basis. It would also be helpful for parents to use as a tool for review at home.
    I also think that rather that just youtube seemed to make more sense for the classroom. It will save time looking for age appropriate and subject appropriate material. I particularly liked the part that talked about How to use You tube in the classroom effectively. I learned how to save favorites and make playlists. had lots of activities that were interactive. I chose one on diagramming the parts of a plant and flower where the children could click and drag the labels to name the specific parts of a plant or flower. This seems to be another good way to assess ESL children on knowledge acquisition.

  10. My favorite site is This site offers videos, activities, and games related to social studies, science, health, math, and language arts. Other choices are interactive diagrams, quizzes, pictures, science projects and experiments, child safety, and how things work and are made. The activities, games, and videos are available pre-k all the way to high school. This website has a lot of great resources to use throughout the school year. The part I liked most is that all materials on the website are 100% kid safe and have been reviewed by k-12 teachers. I do not have to worry about any unnecessary advertisements being shown before the video clip I would like to share with my students start.
    I found useful videos to use in my second grade classroom. These videos are for parents, students, and teachers. In second grade we teach addition with and without regrouping. I watched a video in which a teacher demonstrated different ways to teach 2 digit addition with and without regrouping and how to set up a number sentence written vertically and horizontally. This website would be a good tool for me to share with my students’ parents so they could model and help their children at home with homework practice. I enjoyed the interactive diagrams tool in which students can manipulate content. Recently we focused on animal life cycles. An interactive diagram I came across allowed the students to label the diagram of a frog life cycle by clicking and dragging the matching term with an illustration of the life cycle. Currently we are teaching sound this quarter in Science. I plan to use the interactive diagram in which students can label the parts of an ear.