Thursday, November 13, 2008

20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube

Earlier today, because of their new monetization scheme, I said goodbye to YouTube. Therefore, I thought it would appropriate to share some alternatives to YouTube that teachers and students might want to explore. In some cases, I've reviewed some of these services in the past and have linked to those reviews as well as to the website itself.

1,2,3. This list cannot be started and would be totally incomplete if I did not start by mentioning Teacher Tube,, and iTunes U. My blog posts on the three services are here, here, and here respectively.

4. Viddler
is a service that I enjoy using because of its integrated in-video commenting system. Read my review here.

5. How Stuff Works is a video site that I spent hours exploring in September because I was sucked in by the quality of the content. My blog post about it is here.

6,7. The History Channel and the Discovery Channel both offer a lot of content similar to and, in some cases, identical to that which is found on their respective television networks.

8,9 Vimeo and are two user generated content video sites that have gained some traction over the last year. My reviews of these services are available here and here respectively.

10 Dot Sub
is full of user generated content that is subtitled into many different languages. I have a hearing impaired student this year that uses Dot Sub quite a bit.

11. If you're looking for current news content you may want to consider subscribing to the Reuters Video RSS feed.

12, 13. Along the lines of news videos, all of the major US Networks offer most of their nightly news as online videos. For news videos that are kid-friendly try CNN Student News. If you're interested in showing your students the inner workings of Congressional proceedings, visit the C-Span video library.

14. Hulu
, a joint venture of NBC and News Corps, offers high quality video of television shows, movies, and old news broadcasts. You can read my review of Hulu here.

15, 16, 17, 18. For videos directly intended for use in the classroom visit the Kids Know It Network, The Futures Channel, Science Tube, and Math-A-Tube.

19, 20 TED and Big Think offer intellectual discussions and presentations about a wide variety of social, political, scientific, and economic topics.

21. Snag Films is a great place to watch full length documentaries from producers like National Geographic for free. My review of Snag Films is here.

22. Finally, Google Video serves a lot of results from YouTube, but you will also find non-YouTube videos in the mix that you can use in the classroom.

What have I missed? Which websites do you rely on for educational video content? Please leave a comment and I'll add your suggestion to the list.

In the last week this post became the most popular post I've ever written. Seven new items have been added to the list bringing the total to 30. Please visit the additions to the list here.