A library peer of mine just shared a wonderful Website that you can use for multiple purposes in your classroom. It is The Teaching Channel and it is free for you to use. All you have to do is register an e-mail address.
The mission of this site is to provide reliable video resources that teachers can use for lesson planning, Common Core connections and to find ideas. You can also tap into your professional peers for methods that have provided successful results in their classroom.
Have you ever heard of a fantastic lesson, but can’t remember exactly how it went? Odds are you can find information about it at The Teaching Channel. Did you see something that would be great for a lesson you are doing four months from now, but are afraid you will forget about it? You can have the site send you an e-mail reminder at exactly the time you need it. Just fill out the quick boxes and put it out of your head. When the time comes, you will get that reminder with the notes you created when you had the idea.
Say you see specific moments in a video you wish to share with your grade or subject team. You know they are busy and do not have time to watch the whole video. You are given the tools to highlight the exact moments you wish to share so everyone can collaborate on the ideas as soon as possible.
Does your school have a program that the teachers use to post assignments and links for student work? You can post the videos you find right on that page for your students to use as well. Teaching Channel provides embedding codes for each video. Just click on the “Embed Video” link and a code will be provided for you to copy and paste on any Website you wish.
So whether you are looking for a great lesson plan idea, information about the Common Core Standards or a video you can share with your students, The Teaching Channel may be just the page for you.
Many teachers have been there. You’ve seen a great video you want to share with your class, but the DOE blocks the showing of YouTube as well as other video sharing sites. Just when we find a workaround site, it is taken down or blocked in turn and you are unable to incorporate the video into your lesson.
WatchKnowLearn.org is a free Website available in both English and Spanish and can be an excellent resource to use in your classroom and for your children at home. It is a non-profit organization that wants to make educational videos available to students, teachers, librarians and parents at home and in an educational setting. The videos are chosen for children from ages 3 – 18. There are literally tens of thousands of videos available for watching.
There are videos available on ALL school subjects, including the Common Core Curriculum. A directory is provided to create better ease of accessibility in finding just what you want. Videos are provided from: TeacherTube; YouTube; graspr; School Tube; Internet Archive; slideboor; hulu; slideshare and brightstorm. WatchKnowLearn.org also partners with Citizendium and Curriki.
If you are worried about who is “behind the scenes” deciding what videos get posted, you are provided with a list of the Advisory Committee along with their backgrounds and affiliations. A number of the members are teachers or have connections to an educational institution.
While the site may not have the exact video you were looking for, it is still a nice back up to check for something that will help inspire your students or make a connection to their personal lives.
This is a repeat of an e-mail I sent to teachers last year. While it is mostly for ELA teachers, anyone can use it who is looking for literacy fiction and nonfiction exemplars which connect to the Common Core Curriculum. The information is arranged by grade and includes web links to the full text. There are also recommended nonfiction read alouds arranged by grade levels.
Common Core State Standards For English Language Arts Text Exemplars is a good resource for teachers and parents alike who are looking for material to help their student/child excel in the Common Core.
A new Website has come into being to help teachers of all grade levels share ideas, lessons and resources which can be utilized in the classroom. When you are looking for help, who better than another teacher knows what you are going through? On ShareMyLesson – www.sharemylesson.com teachers share their ideas, lessons and experiences which have worked for them in the classroom. Best of all…. the site is absolutely free!
The American Federation of Teachers recommended this Website in their September/October 2012 issue of American Teacher as a wonderful resource for preschool to college level teachers.
Need help with the Common Core Standards? Not to worry. With the emphasis of these standards in education today, you will find many resources on this site to help you.
Why not give ShareMyLesson a try? It already has over 180,000 resources available for you to use.
Good or bad, let me know what you think. Happy exploring 🙂