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I am always searching YouTube for that perfect clip to open a lesson or to illustrate a point in a presentation. And, if I remember a moment from a movie or a television show, searching for that video to cue that specific clip, if that video exists online, presents yet another challenge. Clip searching is a colossal waste of time.

ClassHook was designed to address that very issue–to allow teachers to find that “just right” classroom-appropriate clip. ClassHook is free to use. Teachers are encouraged to set up accounts to make best use of its features–to be able to bookmark, comment, create and share playlist, submit clips to share with the community and request new clips.

Search filters allow for search by subject: math, science, social studies, language arts, and business, a variety of themes. Users may choose to Browse All Clips or to filter using color-coded grade level tags (kindergarten through college). by clip length, as well as name of the television series or film title.  A button also filters for profanity.

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You’ll find clips from such television shows as The Office, The Big Bang Theory, The Magic School Bus, Seinfeld, The Ellen Show and The Simpsons and from such movies as Apollo 13, The Social Network, Despicable Me, Jerry Maguire and The Martian.

The ClassHook About page explains the value of using TV and film clips in class:

TV shows and movies often contain scenes that discuss topics such as Science, Math, Art, Music, and more. While funny and amusing, these scenes also have valid educational merit.

Such scenes not only teach students but also make learning more relevant. Students can associate a concept in class to an image they see in their everyday lives. Bringing television shows and movies to your classroom helps connect students’ personal lives to the concepts they are learning in class. As a result, content retention increases, and learning becomes more fun.

When I seScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.36.37 PMarched for a clip on gender bias, one of my choices was this two-minute clip from Meet the Parents. The entry offers a description, aligns to standards, offers options to embed, share and bookmark and allows you to turn subtitles on and off.

Many of ClassHook’s clips are vetted by teachers who participate in their Clip Vetter Program, a low-commitment program that brings more teacher-reviewed clips to the library. The team attempts to actively maintain a reliable library by replacing broken links.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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