The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute's offices, laboratories, centres and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more. Each day, the editorial team at MIT Video selects one or more videos to "spotlight" based on the videos' content, production value and timeliness.
MIT Video currently contains more than 12,000 videos. Here are some of the most recently added and featured.
Wikiversity is a learning community which aims to further the discovery and distribution of knowledge by helping people to learn and to share learning resources. Users can use Wikiversity to find information, ask questions, or learn more about a subject, to explore knowledge through advanced study and research and also to share their knowledge about a subject with others by building learning materials.
Wikiversity is available in 15 different languages, with a different number of learning resources for every language, varying from a few hundreds to over 20k.
The library of learning materials is growing and contains materials of all types, including a wide variety of multimedia course materials. They are designed, not just for self-study, but also as material which can be used in your classroom.
Everyone can create and revise teaching materials. Anyone can participate in the learning activities. Everyone can take a course. Everyone can teach a course. There are no entrance requirements and no fees. All content in Wikiversity is written collaboratively, using wiki software, and everyone is welcome to take part through using, adding and discussing content.
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a vast non-profit digital library, founded in 1996 to build an Internet library. Its aim is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Now the portal’s collection includes a huge number of texts, audio, moving images, live music, software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other people with disabilities.
Currently the Archive contains
- Over 1.1 million videos
- Over 1.5 million audio recordings
- Over 4.4 million texts
- Over 114000 live music concerts
Wonder How To
On this web portal users can find more than 170,000 how-to videos & articles from more than 17,000 specialised creators. They are organized in 35 vertical categories and 424 sub-categories. The how-to videos are specially categorised into four main categories: Lifestyle, Science and Tech, Arts, and Gaming.
The access to the contents does not require any subscription or login. Nevertheless, by making an account (signing up is free) users are able to "follow" various subcategories of DIY topics they may want to learn more about.
There is an evaluation system in place, based on user-generated feedback: users can give "kudos" to videos that they find helpful.
Story Builder - build stories on Google Docs
Google Docs can be used in a collaborative setting, so that multiple users edit and add on to each others' comments. Story Builder allows students to create a narrative around those changes by animating the discourse between fictional writers on a Google Doc. The app provide an easy way to create and edit lines of dialogue, set them to music The result is a story in the form of a sharable film.
Sample Applications for the Reading/Language Arts Classroom:
- Two of a book's characters can describe a shared event, told from their unique perspectives. For example, two fairy tale or fable characters can each explain their side of a story, contradicting and correcting each other as they go.
- Given a quote from a novel, two or three of the novel's main characters can begin discussing it, and possibly modifying it, to express their individual world views.
- In the book Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, we hear dual first person narratives of the book's events. Google Docs Story Builder would be the perfect tool for telling both protagonists' point of view in a novel such as this. You might even consider having students work in pairs, with each taking on the role of one of the book's characters.
KidsTube - free educative video resources for your students
KidsTube is a free educative video resource for educators featuring thousands of approved and filtered videos, images and blogs: all of them are kids safe and/or specifically meant just for kids.
The website also allows to upload one’s own videos and create groups or join others’ groups and engage in educative discussions in such an awesome community of people.
It is possible to browse and watch videos without being registered. The registration is needed, though, to upload and share videos. The user-friendly interface makes the website simple to use.
200 Free Kids Educational Resources
The resources listed in this article, appeared at the beginning of 2013 on the website of OpenCulture, are found in a variety of formats: video lessons, apps, books, websites, etc.
They cover a wide range of topics, from language learning to narrative, from Mathematics and Sciences to Art and Visual Culture, from Geography and History to Music and Philosophy.
Every resource appears in the list categorised by topic and/or format and with a few-words description giving an idea of its characteristics and peculiarities.
Musique(s) is a free online tool for music education that provides the users with a fun and easy way to learn about music instruments and styles. The description texts come along with sound contents that greatly help recognise the different instruments and play a fundamental role in the programme.
The programme include plain information as well as test quizzes and games.
No Excuse List
This very simple website presents a list of places on the web where to find learning material on any subject for free. The list, divided into categories, links some of the best resources for learning on the web, including many renowned universities and portals containing guides, tutorials and books in many different formats.
The author also writes the news on the list in a blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts.
On this website you can learn foreign languages in a fun way: listen to popular songs and fill in the blanks. Test your knowledge of vocabulary in a fun way with music.