Monday, July 21, 2008

Snag a Free Full - Length Documentary

Snag Films is a new website featuring full length, high quality, well known documentaries. Documentaries from National Geographic and Nova can be watched for free on Snag Films as well as documentaries from independent film makers. Currently, Snag Films is featuring Super Size Me on their home page. The "snagging" part of Snag Films lies in the option to share the documentaries by embedding them into your blog, website, or social network profile for free. Below I've embedded Whales in Crisis produced by National Geographic.



Applications for Education
Snag Films is great for teachers because it makes many documentaries available for free and on demand. You don't have to go searching through your school library, rummaging through your department's storage closet, or spend any of your limited budget on a film that you may only use a few times per year.
Snag Films presents a solution to a problem I always run into when showing a documentary in class. The problem is every time I show a documentary in class, there seems to be one or two absent students who then need to watch the film either after school or in the viewing room in the library. By embedding the documentary into your class blog or website (you did set one up this summer, right?) those students who were absent the day the class watched the film can now watch it any time from any computer.