Planet in Action

Planet in Action is an outstanding way to bring learning to life.  This site uses Google Earth to power some of the greatest toys I’ve seen on the internet. When you visit their site you can explore six different areas, from the Swiss Alps to Hollywood to EuroDisney to Mt. St. Helens and more. It’s a low-altitude fly-over that’s more exciting than even Google Earth’s Flight Simulator. It’s Open Source, so it’s free!  You can take control and explore on your own.  Drive a ship (Queen Mary) throughout the globe, Drive the A-Team van, etc. These journeys are incredibly life like on an interactive whiteboard/projector.  Take your whole class on a virtual helicopter ride above famous landmarks that they are learning about in class.  First, watch the recorded tour and discuss the different landmarks as you see them.  Then ‘hire’ a student helicopter ‘pilot’ who can navigate a trip for the class.  As students fly above landmarks, a Google Map will show them exactly where they are in the virtual tour.

The latest simulation that Planet in Action released is based on NASA’s Perpetual OceansNASA Ocean Currents in Google Earth shows the Earth’s constantly moving ocean currents. You can view the simulation using the Google Earth browser plug-in.

Kideos – Videos for Kids

Kideos – This is like YouTube for kids. Kideos allows you to search by age group or by channel.  A few channels they offer are commercials, educational videos, elmo, cartoon characters, dogs, dinosaurs, kids, national geographic, movie trailers, songs, space, sid the science kid, and soooo many more!  They have a video of the day too!

 

Educational Video Resources

  • Academic Earth a user-friendly educational ecosystem that provides internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.
  • CNN Student News offers news videos that are kid-friendly.
  • Discovery Channel offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their television networks.
  • Explore.org offers a vast multimedia library of documentary films, photos, and live cams.  This site inspires, educates, and opens up new worlds.
  • Futures Channel, the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today’s learners who will one day succeed them.
  • Google Videos has many of the same videos as YouTube, but also has non-YouTube videos in the mix that you can use in the classroom.
  • History.com offers a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their television networks.
  • How Stuff Works is a product of Discovery Communications. On How Stuff Works you can find text information, videos, audio, and maps about almost any topic. Most of the videos are short, under ten minutes, but very educational.
  • Khan Academy is a non-for-profit educational program to provide education to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free.  A library of over 2,800 videos.
  • Kids Know It, Free Educational Movies bring your student on a fun and interactive journey through the world around us. Each movie begins by introducing students to the topics that they will be learning about, and ends with an online quiz. In order to successfully complete each online video, your student must watch, and then successfully answer the quiz questions with 80% or higher accuracy. Students who do not obtain 80% comprehension will be instructed to watch the movie a second time, and then again try to answer the quiz questions.
  • MathATube, teacher and student-made short videos for learners everywhere.
  • MeetMeAtTheCorner, Virtual Field Trips is a series of free educational video pod casts for children ages 7-13.
  • NeoK12 offers science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 grade students.
  • NextVista, an online library of free videos for learners everywhere.  Their goal is to gather a set of resources to help you learn just about anything, meet people who make a difference in their communities, and even discover new parts of the world.
  • PBSKids
  • SchoolTube is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and FREE video sharing webster that is exclusively endorsed by leading education associations.
  • ScienceTube is a source for all cool science stuff.
  • SnagFilms is a great place to watch full length documentaries from producers like National Geographic for free.
  • Sqooltube offers free videos for K-8, supporting quality online learning opportunities.
  • TeacherTube was created to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos.  An educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.
  • TedTalks – TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
  • Untamed Science is a collection of videos and podcasts about biology and Earth science topics.
  • WatchKnowLearn, Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory.