Monday, February 8, 2010

Places to find Instructional Videos On-Line

25 places to find instructional videos

Recently I have received a number of emails asking about places that offer free instructional videos.  Of Course our School system subsribes to a pay service called LEARN-360, and that should be your primary resource site for instructional videos. 

Still can't find what you are lookin for??  Maybe try on of the following 25 sites.  If one of these is blocked...below you will find my instructions again for "any video converter"-- if you run across a site that is blocked here at school and want to try and convert it at home and bring it to school for classroom use.

I saw this list Jane Knight's blog for educators:

5min Life Videopedia - instructional and how-to videos

Academic Earth - Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars - next generation TV network

Google Video - videos on all topics (blocked at school)

Graspr - The instructional video network

Howcast - How-to videos

iCue - A fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives

Instructables - Make, HowTo and DIY

iTunes U - Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.

John Locker - Documentaries and educational videos

MindBites - Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)

MonkeySee - HowTo videos

neoK12 - free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids

Research Channel - 3,500 video titles available

SchoolTube - provides students and educators with a safe, world class, video sharing webiste

Sparkeo - a flexible video platform

SuTree - learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.

TeacherTube - educational videos

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) - a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

TV Lesson - How to videos

Ustream - watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.

Video Jug - Life explained. On film.

Vimeo - a thriving community of people who love to make and share video

YouTube - videos on everything under the sun

YouTube EDU - aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

So,  you found one that is blocked??

My favorite tool for getting around the Youtube blocking is to download and install a very easy program called: "ANY VIDEO CONVERTER" (I blogged about this before since it is also great for converting Flip videos to wmv's for easy use with movie maker: )

Anyway, here again is the link for the free download for Any Video Converter:

Once you download it, INSTALL IT on your computer.

Open the program

Choose FILE,

SET OUTPUT FOLDER (so you can keep track of where your converter files will go)

Under PROFILE (in the case of converting Youtube videos) you might set the Video Output to be WMV

Then, simply click on CONVERT

The converted file will end up in the folder you designated earlier. If at home, you can then easily save that converted file to a flash drive and bring into school to play with windows media player. Woo Hoo

One last site...

European Film Gems

1 comment:

  1. Here's another site that I think should be on your list.
    Celebrate Thomas Edison's Birthday with a visit to his "invention factory" in West Orange NJ.

    MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids (
    is a series of free educational video pod casts is directed at kids ages 7-12. Each three-minute episode includes links to fun websites, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities about the topic.

    On February 1, there's a show about Thomas Edison filmed at the new Thomas Edison Museum in West Orange New Jersey. And later in February, there is an episode on how to prepare for your school science fair