Hubbard School Library E-News

April 11, 2014

Alternatives to Using YouTube

Access to Great Educational Videos

  • School Tube is a website dedicated to the sharing of videos created by students and teachers. School Tube allows teachers and schools to create their own channels for sharing their students' works. School Tube also provides excellent how-to resources, copyright-friendly media, and lesson plans for using video in the classroom.

  • Teacher Tube Teacher Tube provides user generated videos for teachers by teachers. Many of the videos on Teacher Tube have teachers sharing lesson plans in action. Some videos on Teacher Tube are simply inspirational. And other videos don't have teachers or students in them, but contain educational lessons none the less.

  • Snag Films is a good place to watch full length documentaries from producers like National Geographic for free. Snag Learning provides a catalog of educational films that are accompanied by classroom discussion questions.

  • How Stuff Works is a website that contains free educational videos on a variety of topics from 'how a computer works' to 'cool jobs.' Just click the video link at the top of the page

  • CNN Student News is a daily web show highlighting a handful of stories. The stories covered by CNN Student News range from traditional serious news topics to how-to stories appealing mostly to students to light and fun stories.

  • If you're interested in showing your students the inner workings of Congressional proceedings, visit the C-Span video library.

  • TED Talks are a great source of inspirational, thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining presentations given by some of the world's leading experts on a wide variety of topics.

  • Untamed Science offers a collection of videos and podcasts about biology and Earth science topics.

  • PBS Video offers videos from the most popular shows including Frontline, NOVA, Nature, and American Experience. For the younger crowd, PBS Kids offers videos as well. If you're not sure what you're looking for, but you think PBS has an appropriate video you can search the PBS Video center by topic.

  • 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.

  • In addition to resources for learning languages, LangMedia offers a section called Culture Talk. LangMedia Culture Talk is a collection of video clips of interviews and discussions with people from many different countries, of different ages and from different walks of life.

  • The USGS Multimedia Gallery contains large collections of educational videos, animations, podcasts, and image galleries. You can search each collection by topic and or keyword tags.

  • is a collection of videos featuring experts sharing knowledge and how-to tips about the topic of their fields of expertise., like many other video websites, has channels or categories. The channel most useful to teachers and students is the Careers & Education channel.

  • Clip Syndicate is a provider of professionally produced news videos from television stations and other media outlets around the United States. Clip Syndicate also provides videos from the Associated Press.

  • produces and hosts high-quality documentary films and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world.

  • Free Video Lectures is one of those sites. Free Video Lectures is a library of more than 18,000 video lectures from more than 700 courses offered by some of the world's top colleges and universities.

  • Kids Tube is a video sharing hosting and sharing site designed for hosting content produced by kids and content about kids. Kids Tube monitors all submissions and monitors comments left on videos.

  • ESL Basics is a site that provides short video vocabulary lessons for beginning and advanced ESL students. For teachers, ESL Basics has a small collection of suggestions and ideas for teaching ESL.

  • FedFlix, hosted by the Internet Archive, is a collection of nearly 2000 films produced by the US government during the 20th Century. The topics of these films range from presidential speeches to agricultural practices to public health and safety.

  • Art Babble is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions.

  • Math A Tube is a compilation of videos from a variety of users and other websites. Videos are categorized by mathematics topics and sub-topics. The videos demonstrate everything from basic addition through Geometry. The videos on Math A Tube are user-generated so some videos are better than others.

  • The Kids Know It Network is full of educational interactive games and movies intended for elementary school students. The Kids Know It Network hosts a number of animated videos explaining and demonstrating concepts from math, science, geography, and English. Each video starts with an introduction to a topic and is followed by a quiz. If a student gets less than 80% of the items correct they are prompted to start the video again.

  • The Futures Channel has come to the rescue of Math teachers who are constantly asked the question, "when are we ever going to use this?" On the Futures Channel there are many lesson plans and lesson ideas relating math (and other subjects) to current "real life" situations. And by "real life" the Futures Channel doesn't mean just converting recipes like my high school Algebra book did. Check out the Futures Channel today and stop answering the question, "when are we ever going to use this?" The Futures Channel isn't limited to just mathematics videos, you will also find videos for science, music, art, business, sports, and more.

  • Wired Science has hundreds of videos addressing a variety of science and technology topics. In addition to the library of videos, Wired Science, has great articles and lists of science resources.

  • Math TV offers an extensive collection of high quality mathematics tutorials. Math TV's video lessons cover basic mathematics and Algebra. Math TV videos are not easily embedded in other websites, but they are free and you can create your own individualized playlists.

  • 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.

  • CBBC - Children's BBC offers a lot of animations for kids.

This and more information can be found on Free Technology for Teachers, an blog by Richard Byrne

Elementary News….

Just wanted to keep everyone up to date about what will be going on in the next month and a half in the Elementary Library…

We will not circulate books after Friday, May 2, 2014. Of course, students can still return books after that date, they just will not be able to check new books out.

Our BOGO book fair is Monday, May 5-Friday, May 9, 2014. All classes will come during their scheduled library time. Scholastic is sending 6 extra cases of books, as well as a restock shipment, so the students will have a wonderful selection of books to choose from.

I will hold a teacher preview breakfast on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. for anyone who is interested. We will have muffins, and juice for you while you browse through the book fair.

We will be open during the art show on Thursday, May 8, 2014 for families to purchase books from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

I copied the Hubbard Public Library visit sign-up sheet, so if you forget what day or time you signed up for, let me know and I will check it out for you.

If you have any questions about any of this, please contact Mary Ann Smiley Thanks so much!

Media Center Resources

Below are links to the Media Center resources.

Please disregard any email you receive from an event you create on any of the Media Center resource calendar saying that your event was declined.

How can we help you?

Amy E. Slade, MLIS

Mary Ann Smiley