Saturday, March 17, 2012

Resources: More Free Educational Videos

Following up on last week's post about the SchoolTube video sharing service comes news of two additional major sources of free educational videos for primary and secondary students:



Kahn Academy: With the goal of "changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere," Kahn Academy offers over 3,000 high quality, well organized videos covering K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, history and SAT prep.  Students practice with self-paced exercises and can chart their progress through the material instantaneously through the sites colorful charts.  There's even an official iPad app for learning on the go.








YouTube For Schools:  Video sharing site YouTube, commonly blocked within school settings over concerns that students will search for cute cat videos (or worse) instead of as a tool to enhance learning, is appealing to educators through a new customizable service.  Launched in December 2011, YouTube for Schools enables teachers and educational organizations to allow access only the videos they feel are appropriate from among YouTube's vast library, with each one scrubbed of all comments and linked only to other related educational videos.  The YouTube for Schools service has already garnered high praise from many educators, although New York City (the nation's largest school district) continues to block YouTube from its network.


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