WatchKnowLearn allows educators to store, categorize, and rate the best free (50,000+) K-12 educational videos available today on the internet organized by subject and grade level.
Type of Material:
This site can be used by teachers to search for videos to share with their classes or by students to look for appropriate videos to include in projects. Educators can use these for in-class activities, homework, individual and group work and as lesson supplements.
internet connection and ability to watch/hear videos
Identify Major Learning Goals:
From the website: "To provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos."
Target Student Population:
In-service and pre-service teachers as well as students (k-12). Each video indicates recommended age levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
User needs to be able to search through topics/categories.
These resources can be used to meet Common Core and other standards. Teachers can set up a personalized classroom (instructions are included in both PDF and video format). The site provides teachers with videos that they can share with their students with proper attribution because all videos are public domain.
The search engine is very useful, but sometimes gives extraneous results unless the search term is put in quotes. However, the first videos referred to always are the most appropriate ones.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Teachers can utilize the materials to supplement lessons across grade levels and subjects. The tools may be beneficial to auditory and visual learners. Some students
It is, of course, important that teachers screen the materials before showing.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The search engine is well constructed. Categories can be selected by subject and grade level. The creators of the site have constructed three sample Common Core classrooms, but more are planned.
We hope that the list of common core classrooms can be extended.
Other Issues and Comments:
The site worked on PC, Mac, and tablet.
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