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Great Videos and Movies for Your Classroom

Video content for the classroom has never been more accessible to teachers and students. Math tutorials, physics experiments, animated grammar lessons, feature-length documentaries -- you name it, it's out there. This is not to mention the ever-growing mountain of user-generated YouTube videos and videos available for free on library-linked platforms like Kanopy. Are you searching for that just-right video clip to complement your lesson? This list includes some of Common Sense Education's favorite video-based resources, as well as a few sites to help you take your search even further.

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Multiple-Subject Video Resources

YouTube Kids

Solid controls help sort variable video content

Bottom line: With adult supervision and controls in place, this is a fun way for kids to browse online videos.

Common Sense Selection

PBS Kids

One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS Kids educational content

Bottom line: Amazing collection of valuable learning resources covers an impressive array of topics.

PBS LearningMedia

Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation

Bottom line: For teachers with time to sift through and adapt materials, PBS LearningMedia has a lot to offer with some highly useful support materials.

Common Sense Selection

BrainPOP Jr.

Original videos and activities a treasure trove for teachers and students

Bottom line: A unique, video-driven learning platform with tons of topics and resources.

Boclips

Safe-for-classroom videos curated by teachers for teachers

Bottom line: It's a pressure-free place to start looking for high-quality videos to supplement existing lessons in traditional, one-to-one, or flipped classroom models.

SchoolTube

Video-sharing site offers safe environment for students

Bottom line: A great solution for schools hoping to publish videos in a tightly controlled space.

Khan Academy

Flexible learning environment offers a personalized journey to mastery

Bottom line: A solid, free resource for targeted math and science instruction, test prep, history, and more.

TED-Ed

Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short video lessons

Bottom line: TED-Ed includes excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.

BrainPOP

Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.

Brightstorm

Brief video lessons for kids who need a homework boost

Bottom line: Short, digestible lessons on all the major subjects are helpful for mastery but not substantial enough for kids who need more help.

Critical Media Project

Relevant media clips get students examining identity, culture

Bottom line: Teachers will need to take time to build effective lessons, but if they do, this is a useful, relevant, high-interest resource for deconstructing identity and building critical thinking and empathy skills.

OER Project

Expansive world history courses powered by great open-source materials

Bottom line: With tons of support for teachers along the way, a stellar program for exploring foundational concepts in history, humanities, critical thinking, and science.

STEM Video Resources

National Geographic Kids

Kid-friendly science and social studies info via videos, games, and more

Bottom line: Large collection of approachable, fun multimedia resources about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures.

Common Sense Selection

National Geographic Education

Top geography resource site provides global exploration opportunities

Bottom line: This is a must-bookmark site for classrooms across the curriculum hunting for inspiring place-based resources.

Mystery Science

Big questions, kids' curiosity drive impressive science curriculum

Bottom line: Powerful, quirky science units encourage inquiry and experimentation, inspiring students to ask and answer big questions.

The Kid Should See This

Kid-friendly STEM-focused videos spark interest, encourage learning

Bottom line: Regularly updated visual content stimulates interest, learning; adding better sorting capabilities would make it a stronger resource.

Design Squad Global

Fun engineering problems encourage classroom competition, innovation

Bottom line: Design Squad Global makes learning STEAM concepts fun through hands-on activities and easy-to-understand scientific explanations.

Common Sense Selection

Mosa Mack Science

Engaging design challenges turn kids into actual science detectives

Bottom line: A thorough, engaging way to weave some engineering into your middle school science lessons.

AMAZE

Quirky, fact-filled videos help adults answer kids' sex-ed questions

Bottom line: An appealing, approachable collection of resources that help teachers and caregivers field kids' tough questions about puberty, relationships, and more.

NOVA

Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications

Bottom line: Unparalleled science documentaries offer a window into real-world scientific topics in a high-interest way.

Our Climate Our Future

Relatable climate change resources empower youth to take action

Bottom line: This free, high-quality resource is a one-stop, self-contained series of lessons on the effects of climate change, what causes it, and how to fight it going forward.

Virtual Nerd

Flip a classroom with these free video math tutorials

Bottom line: High-quality but monotonous math tutorials can be a good classroom supplement.

Get the Math

Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video

Bottom line: Proof that algebra is used to solve real problems in kid-approved professions: basketball, music, gaming, and fashion.

BioInteractive

High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life

Bottom line: Superb multimedia tools and lesson plans help kids explore biology through real-world examples.

Numberphile

Expert interviews, whimsical images illustrate the wide world of math

Bottom line: Energetic video explanations bring key math concepts and fun facts to life.

Social Studies Video Resources

Oddizzi

Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility

Bottom line: Kids get a sense of culture and global responsibility via kid-friendly articles and great multimedia.

Ken Burns in the Classroom

Critically acclaimed documentaries repackaged meaningfully for classrooms

Bottom line: Top-notch documentary clips offer opportunities to expand students' perspectives, but some lesson materials might be underwhelming.

C-SPAN Classroom

Video clips, activities take kids inside the White House and Capitol

Bottom line: Though it's not the slickest site, you'll find great behind-the-scenes access to some excellent content.

PBS NewsHour Extra

Trusted news brand's current events site could pique teens' interest

Bottom line: This isn't going to necessarily excite students, but the high-quality content is credible and timely and should support interesting discussions.

CNN 10

Digestible, daily news videos for teens

Bottom line: These 10-minute daily video segments can be used as a springboard to deeper discussions around media literacy, but teachers need to provide supplementary material.

IWitness

Explore survivor testimony with lessons, video on teacher-geared site

Bottom line: IWitness allows students to reflect upon the past, looking toward today’s values and society. Students build knowledge about the past using a dynamic, specific tool.

Smarthistory

Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia

Bottom line: A worthy supplement to an art history or humanities class.

Global Oneness Project

Captivating, cross-curricular stories increase cultural awareness

Bottom line: Teachers looking to enrich their curriculum with high-quality, thought-provoking videos and photos will find plenty of inspiration, but may need to create or fine-tune some lessons.

ELA Video Resources

Reading is Fundamental

Teachers and kids explore the wonderful world of reading together

Bottom line: This delightful collection of online books, activities, games, and songs for the preschool set works best when shared with a grown-up.

Storyline Online

Notable actors' read-alouds bring kids' storybooks to life

Bottom line: Kids can experience the magic of books; though even better when accompanied by the site's extensions for further activities and reading

Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library

Bottom line: Wonderful and practical way to get kids excited about learning and reading -- the greatness of the classic TV series, updated for the 21st century.

Flocabulary

Delightful hip-hop-based site connects literacy to every content area

Bottom line: This site's content is savvy enough to keep students focused, and teachers will love the flexible options for deepening learning.

Grammaropolis.com

Catchy parts-of-speech instruction, from hook to assessment

Bottom line: The fun songs will stick, and so will kids' knowledge about the parts of speech.

Power Poetry

Empowering online community honors teen poets

Bottom line: Teens can freely meld multimedia poetry and activism in an open, encouraging space.

Youth Voices

Aging online community hosts authentic student writing

Bottom line: With some patience and understanding, this could be a good space for supporting healthy student expression.

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