Let’s face it. Not all our schools have a budget that allows for high-dollar membership in great online teaching resources like United streaming. What are the rest of us to do?
Well, your school may look at an extremely stripped down version such as learn360 It doesn’t have the lesson plans or full-length videos, but at least it has good short videos that can enhance your teaching and give a visual aspect that kids need to understand concepts they learn on paper.
I’ve been able to supplement with the totally free teachertube. On the anniversary of September 11th, I found two very moving slideshows that helped kids understand what happened without being so gruesome or scary as to traumatize younger students.
I’ll include links to those teacher-made slideshows soon. Keep tuning in.
Next, The History Channel has wonderful programming for students early in the morning say from 6-8 am EST. For instance, you cans see all of the excellent episodes of Liberty’s Kids there as well as superior documentaries on most state social studies and history standards.
You can go here to check the History channel schedule:
I don’t know the legalities of taping these days so I won’t suggest anything along those lines…
Also at the History channel are short videos you can watch, for instance about Amelia Earhart. Use these short four or five minute videos as a jump start to your lesson.
I cannot say enough about the math videos at thefutureschannel. Kids need to see that the daily math they do has real world applications that are interesting. There are resources to go with the videos.
PBS teachers will keep you up to date about what is coming up on programming via email. This is also a good source of good video and lesson plans and resources for classrooms.