Friday, July 1, 2011

The History of English - Entertaining and Informative

The History of English is a series of ten short videos providing an overview of the history of the English language. Each animated video covers a different  era in world history. The videos, developed by Open Learn, are available on YouTube and iTunes. I've embedded the YouTube playlist below.



Applications for Education
These videos don't offer much in the way of depth of explanation, but they could be useful as introductions to teaching a unit of study on a particular era in world history. The videos are also good representatives of the type of content that you can find for free on Open Learn. Open Learn hosts hundreds of text and video lessons on a wide range of topics. Not all of the content on Open Learn has corresponding videos. You can find the content that has videos by looking for the small camera icon next to the unit title.

H/T to Open Culture