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Boclips for Teachers: A new source for classroom video

BoClips for Teachers

I recently discovered Boclips for Teachers, a portal hosting more than 2 million short-form educational videos from more than 100 of the educational video producers you already know and love.

Familiar sites like TED-Ed, LearnZillion, Associated Press, PBS, Crash Course, Reuters, Bozeman Science and Smithsonian have offered permission for the site to curate their excellent content in a distraction-free, ad-free environment. Content is selected by teachers for teachers.

Boclips for Teachers spans age/grade levels and disciplines. Content includes instructional video, animations, mini-documentaries, historical footage, breaking news and virtual reality. Teachers may use the platform to share, edit, and store videos or they might easily copy BoClips links to share on their own websites and learning management systems. Unfortunately, the search does not yet allow users to filter for subject, age level, curriculum standards, etc.

The British-based site introduced me to a few new portals and producers like Horrible Histories, who bring us this very catchy Fake News Song performed by Flo and Jo.

Because Boclips for Teachers is a community, you can also explore and contribute to the the growing public Video Collections created by other educators, as well as those created by Boclips. Some examples of those Collections include The Great Writers, Poetry Analysis, Impossible Field Trips, Mathematic Sequences, and Earth Science.

You may want to share Boclips for Teachersat your next professional development event.


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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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