Thursday, October 8, 2015

5 Educational & Interesting Media Collections In the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a huge library of books, music, videos, images, spoken audio recordings, and more. The Internet Archive can be a great place to search for content to use as part of a lesson. For example, the Television Archive News Search is good place to find video clips to use in lessons about events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students may also find media public domain media in the Internet Archive that they can use in building multimedia presentations.

Here are five collections in the Internet Archive that are of interest to teachers and students.

1. The LibriVox free audiobook collection contains more than 9,000 audiobooks that can be streamed and or downloaded for listening on your computer.

2. As mentioned above, the Television Archive News Search is a good place to find news videos about events in the 20th and 21st centuries. You can search this collection by topic and or television network.

3. The NASA eClips collection contains more than 200 videos about a wide range of topics including the International Space Station, telescopes, weather, and physics. The clips are available to download or watch online.

4. Your students might not be able to visit the New York Public Library in person, but they can certainly access a lot of it online. The New York Public Library collection in the Internet Archive contains more than 100,000 titles.

5. 78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings is a collection of early 20th century recordings. In the collection you will find a lot of music of the time along with some spoken audio recordings. This is a collection worth bookmarking for use in a music history/ appreciation course.

Much of what you can find in the Internet Archive is in the public domain although there is plenty that is not in the public domain so check before re-using an item.