Showing posts with label watchknow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watchknow. Show all posts

Monday, September 27, 2010

Watch WatchKnow Without YouTube

One of the great things about the Internet is that new services are always appearing and existing services are always trying to improve. Try as I might, I can't keep up with all of them. That's why I was wrong when I left WatchKnow off of my list of 47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom. I originally left it off my list because I mistakenly believed that WatchKnow was still relying on YouTube to serve videos. Over the weekend someone from WatchKnow corrected me by pointing out that there are over 4,000 videos available through WatchKnow that are not served by YouTube. Click the "classroom accessible" button to search for videos that are not hosted by YouTube.

Applications for Education
WatchKnow provides a good resource for locating educational videos that you can use in your classroom. You can search WatchKnow by content area categories and subcategories.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
3 Ways to Access Khan Academy Without YouTube
Hundreds of Reviewed Online Mathematics Resources
Downloading Videos for Use In the Classroom

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Short Geology Lesson - And "24/7 Learning"

Inspired in part by Wes Fryer's recent post comparing print and digital reference materials, this morning I searched Watch Know for videos about New Zealand. While I didn't find anything comprehensive on the political history of New Zealand, I did find an interesting video on the geological history of New Zealand. The video is embedded below.

In The World Is Open Curtis Bonk talks about the diverse, on-demand, learning opportunities that are made available through the web. What I did this morning in searching for videos about New Zealand demonstrates the availability of on-demand learning opportunities. I read Wesley's post, thought to myself "I'd like to know more about New Zealand," jumped on the Internet, and in minutes I had learned a short lesson about the geology of New Zealand.

Now compare my learning experience this morning with the same scenario fifteen years ago. Fifteen years ago I was fifteen and didn't even know anyone who had an Internet connection. If I had read an article in a magazine that mentioned New Zealand I would have had to go to the local library, during their open hours, and hope that they had a book or two about New Zealand. I grew up in a fairly large suburb that had two large public libraries so I probably would have been able to find information about New Zealand. But what if I lived in a rural town, as I do now, that only has a very small library? I may have had to wait days, a week, possibly longer to get some books through a library loan. As a fifteen-year-old I didn't have that kind of patience and I don't know how many fifteen-year-olds do. Fifteen years ago the experience I had this morning wouldn't have been possible.

So then, because our students have nearly 24/7 access to information, how has our job as teachers changed? I'm especially interested in the perspectives of those you reading this that could have been my teacher fifteen years ago.