There are lots of great resources for teachers looking to stream video content (here’s my long list) and another to add to your list is PBS’s fantastic free app. Users can access full length episodes and clips of tons of documentaries from NOVA to Frontline. This app lets you view clips on a monitor using an AppleTV or mirroring software, or you can project it straight from your device.
Ken Burns (no relation) is a fantastic storyteller who makes powerful documentaries about the American experience. His iPad app lets users access bite-sized clips from his films. These are perfect for using in the classroom to bring life to Social Studies content. I highly recommend watching all parts of his documentary on the National Parks system but a quick few minutes might be just enough for your students. The Innovation section of this app is free and the other sections can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.
I’ve shared some of my favorite educational programing for iPads and Smithsonian Channel is another worth checking out. Easy to navigate with a large variety of content, this free app has something for everyone. Hook students during a science or social studies lesson or help them build prior knowledge before exploring a new book.
This app is available for Android tablets.
You might be looking to keep children up to date on current events, help them build prior knowledge, or simply make connections to the world around them. With these free apps (for iOS and Android devices) you can stream videos straight from your device to share with students!
- Discovery Channel
- Khan Academy
- CNN & NPR
- Super Stretch Yoga
- NBC Nightly News
- TED Talks
- Congressional Moments
- History Channel
BONUS: Try out Frolyc to send video based lessons to your students’ iPads!
Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice. Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll. This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie. it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!
I’ve shared some of the reasons I love BrainPop and if you are working in a Spanish language, bilingual classroom, or just looking to support English Language Learners, BrainPop Espanol is a great resource. The iPad app and website has free daily videos and there is plenty for teachers to explore if you decide to create an account.
This app is also available on Android devices.
The Library of Congress has an excellent new app to help students learn about primary source documents. With video clips, quizzes and a gallery to explore, the Congressional Moments app will support American History teachers as they gather resources for their classroom.
Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching with primary source documents on iPads!
Check out this Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for a biography study!
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