Below, you will find a list of websites that will allow you to search and download videos that are free!(Also--check out specific Subject Area pages Just Art, Just Science, etc. for specialized videos and the Teacher Tools page for sites that have videos and much more!)

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Digital Video Collection (INFOhio) (contact Pam Hopkins at the High School for password):


Digital Video Collection find new videos, better browsing, and more targeted searching. And, as always, the videos are offered at no charge to all PreK-12 Ohio schools. The Collection now includes 1,931 video segments chosen specifically to support Ohio's New Learning Standards. Just a few of the features include:
  • Options to browse by subject or by series. To see a complete list, click About > Title List from the DVC home page at http://dvc.infohio.org.Some of the series available are:
    • The Amazing Human Body
    • Bill Nye the Science Guy
    • Club Write Kids
    • Continents of the World
    • Our Ohio
    • 20th Century Turning Points in US History
  • The search screen, shown below, allows you to limit results by several options, including appropriate grade range, publisher, and closed captioning.
DVC Search Box
DVC Search Box


  • As shown below, you can stream the videos directly from the INFOhio site, or you can download them as MP4, WMV, or FLV files for later viewing. You can even embed them in your own pages.
DVC Video Download Options
DVC Video Download Options


  • Many of the videos also offer teacher tools such as lesson plans, discussion starters, activities with rubrics, or related websites.
  • The videos are segmented so you can watch just the part that applies to your students.



DOCUMENTARIES (FREE)
  • Documentary Heaven is a free site that has organized more than 1600 documentary films found across the Internet.
  • Documentary Tube, like similar services, is a catalog of full-length documentaries found on the web.
  • Explore.org produces and hosts high-quality documentary films and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and are organized by destination.
  • Folk Streams is a good website featuring documentary films of American life.
  • JohnLocker (documentaries)
  • PBS Video is a great place to find high quality documentaries. Most of the videos on PBS Video can be embedded into your blog or website.
  • SnagFilmsis a site that has Free documentaries, such as"Super Size Me" and Project Earth- which takes you around the world to see all the different animal habitats,National Geographic documentaries, and much, much more!
  • Top Documentaries is a FABULOUS site that has documentaries on a wide range of subjects which you can view online or download. The topics are grouped by theme, such as "Conspiracies", "Biographies, "Drugs", "Music and the Arts", "History", "Science", "Nature and Wildlife", "Philosophy", "Economics", "Military and the War", etc. This is great for your students and IF YOU EVER CONSIDERED CREATING YOUR OWN ONLINE TEXTBOOK, this would be a great resource to incorporate.

Video Lessons
  • The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County now offers cardholders access to Lynda.com, an award-winning online library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. Save $250 a year and get full access to video tutorials on software design, technology, creative designs, business skills, photography and video editing. For more information, watch the "How to Use Lynda.com" video.
  • Teacher Tube- Awesome! An online community for sharing instructional videos.
  • TED Talks - Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.
    • TED-Ed is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Here is a tutorial explaining how to do this.

Other Websites of Choice:
  • BrainPop for Educators is a free awesome site for teachers. Register and then look through all the available resources --including videos that you can use in class or download to your iPad or even your blog.
    • There is BrainPop Jr. for K-3.
    • Also try: BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free! (available in Closed Captioning!
  • C Span You can download videos, access discussion questions, or search video clips by keyword.
  • Explore - Films profile issues facing the environment, education, human rights, public health, philosophy, animal welfare, spirituality, and disabilities. Also features many live webcams.
  • Fairfax Network creates programming for educators to use in the classroom. The lineup includes quality K-12 enrichment, parenting, and staff development programs. Many of the shows come with additional resource information, teacher guides, and classroom activities created to fit seamlessly into the curriculum. Fairfax Network programs are free to schools.
  • FedFlix, is a Joint Venture between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. They feature movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.
  • Searching for movies or videos that you are allowed to download? Try Free Movie Downloads.
  • IPTV Online Videos- Hundreds of full-length videos and video clips from IPTV programming.
  • Movie Clips is a site with over 12,000 clips of well-known movies. You can search by genre, movie, mood, theme, setting, and so much more. You and your kids can embed the clips into your wiki or glog or blog!
  • Open Video- a great site for videos and video clips on almost every subject--created by the Information and Library Science unit at the University of NC, Chapel Hill.
  • SchoolTubeis like TeacherTube (above) but without any ads popping up! :-) SchoolTube.com was created especially for students and teachers. Here are a few ways to use this site to your advantage:
    • Watch VideosAll videos on SchoolTube have been viewed by an approved moderator or SchoolTube staff member to ensure that they are "school friendly". Browse through our categories and channels or search by topic to find videos that make you laugh, cry, or learn.
    • Upload VideosShare your creativity, hard work, and accomplishments with the SchoolTube community. Upload your videos into categories and tag them so others can find them. Whether it's a sports highlight, a science project, or something completely random, there are others out there who want to watch it.
  • Stossel in the Classroom- offers free DVDs and streaming videos to teachers. The DVDs include video segments from John Stossel's television programs and specials, along with a teacher guide with lesson plans and ideas for complementary activities. Streaming videos can be browsed by category or searched for by keyword.
  • How about teaching with movies? Teach With Movies shows teachers how to use popular films to supplement traditional classroom learning and to teach ethics. It costs about $12 a year but there are some free choices as well.
  • Vimeo - A nice very popular alternative to YouTube. I recommend using with a filter of some sort, or view all content before introducing to students.
  • WatchKnowLearn -** features more than 10,000 short videos organized into categories and subcategories in subjects including math, science, computers, technology, and history. There is a search function that allows teachers to search and select based on the appropriate age and common core standards.
  • YouTube - For more tools to use with YouTube, see the YouTube- Best Bets page