I got the chance to spend time with some great middle school teachers this morning. We were busy talking about primary sources, video clips, integrating questioning into unit design – basically just fun history geek conversations!

It’s always a good time when I get the chance to learn from others. They shared with me some interesting online video sites that they use with their kids. The sites are new to me. They look very useful and want to share them with you.

Both the National Geographic people and the History Channel people both have very cool (and free!) sites that stream wonderful social studies content. The NG site has hundreds of clips that would fit your grade and content. I especially like the History Channel site because it has not only short little clips but also full episodes of television shows.

The group also shared a couple of others – one I’m familiar with and one that’s new to me. Most of you probably know that United Streaming was sold to the Discovery Channel. The new version is very similar to the old. It still has short clips aligned to standards that can be downloaded and used in the classroom.

I learned about a site called Learn360 that seems like it should be pretty useful as well. Both Discovery Streaming and Learn360 are pay-per-view, meaning you’ll need a subscription to access the videos. (Though both offer 30 day free trials.)

Check ’em out and let me know what you think. If you have other video sites that you’ve found useful, let me know. I’m always learning something new!