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Part of every educator’s job is figuring out what content to share with students and video is no different. In this capacity, teachers become curators of videos, finding quality content that can be used for a particular purpose.
Educators can curate videos on their own, looking for either instructional or supplemental content distinguishing the gold from the garbage. For time-strapped teachers looking for help with curation, here are some strategies and tips to help identify and evaluate videos without spending endless hours online.
SITES THAT CURATE EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
First, check out videos that have already been curated. Doing a blind search for videos related to “biology” yields hundreds of thousands of links, but the quality of the content varies widely. The best place to start is by exploring a site that’s done some of the work for you – a site dedicated to curating educational content. This makes it possible to more quickly identify the best content available online.
Youtube.com/Teachers saves time by identifying and organizing educational content aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Teachers can search by subject area - language arts, math, science and social studies, or by grade level - elementary, middle school and high school.
EduTube.org is an educational video search platform with helpful indexes that measure popularity, ranking and educational value. The objective is to create a more effective way to search YouTube videos for specific content.
BackPack.TV is a video curation site that partners with teachers to find quality video content. The result is a user-friendly site where teachers and students can search a large collection of curated videos by subject, playlist or textbooks. Several of the featured schools include popular video collections like Khan Academy, a growing collection of video tutorials about math, science, humanities and art concepts; 60 Second Recap, featuring quick, highenergy summaries and overviews of popular novels; Bozeman Biology, a high school biology teacher’s video site explaining and demonstrating concepts; and PatrickJMT, supplemental math videos designed to enhance great teaching.
FREE tools to integrate during presentations along with a short description:
TodaysMeet – Create your own room to where people can respond to a question or reflect in 140 characters. This is a great tool to use for a backchannel.
Tozzl – Take your backchannel to a new level! People can respond via text, videos, images, and documents. You can even integrate a Twitter hash tag.
AnswerGarden – My new favorite tool! Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback. Responses can only be 20 or 40 characters.
Mentimeter – Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls.
Tackk – Collaborate, discuss, and create all on one interactive platform. Over 300 apps can be embedded making it a great platform for app smashing. Be sure to check out Tackk in the classroom.
Padlet – A long time favorite of mine, which allows participants to respond using virtual Post-It notes. The beauty of this tool is that within each board responses can be text, video, images, or attached documents.
Lino – An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas that is similar to Padlet
Kahoot – A fan favorite of educators around the world. It is a free game-based learning platform that not only gives everyone a voice, but also provides a fun way to do it.
ProConIt – Gather and organize opinions on any topic while engaging your audience. This is a great tool to formatively evaluate just about anything.
FlipGrid (NOT free) – You need to pay a little for this one, but oh is it worth it. Create grids of questions or topics using text or video and share your questions with whomever you like. Your audience then responds with recorded videos.