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Appy Monday #edtech

Educational videos can be great to intro a new lesson or give students some extra review.  Sifting through all of the video websites to find quality ones, however, can be a bit daunting.  I’ve explored these listed (and linked) below to give you some good places to start.


TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own.

My personal favorite after I searched several different content areas: Julius Caesar on the Cosby Show

YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning.

Personal fave: Jetpack Rocket Science

neoK12: Find science videos and more for school kids in K-12 on neoK12.

This site is definitely heavy on science videos, but they do have videos for other content areas, as well.  The quality of videos varies, so some searching to find the best one may be required.

Google Educational Videos: Cool Cat Teacher offers this excellent tutorial for finding the best of Google’s educational videos.

TED-Ed: From a site that’s long been known for big ideas, you’ll find TED-Ed, videos specifically designed to act as highly engaging and fun lessons.

This one might be my overall favorite site for accessing educational videos.  It has features that extend the video, such as “Think,” which leads to related quiz questions, “Dig Deeper,” which links to additional resources, and “Discuss,” which consists of guided discussion questions.

Backpack TV: In this educational video library, you’ll find a special interest in math, science, and other academic subjects.

This site is more of an individualized, interactive site.  You can choose any subject (though math is pretty basic), and there will be some kind of interactive quizzing activity for the student to attempt.  My favorites were for ESL, Spanish vocab, and AP Test Prep.


Why I Lead #SAVMP

This is the beginning of my third year in an administrative position.  Prior to becoming our district’s curriculum director, I taught 2nd grade.  Some might say that I’m just beginning my leadership role, but I would argue that I have been leading my entire life.  I am a middle child and relished the role of “leading” my younger brother.  He, however, wasn’t a very cooperative follower.  🙂  Growing up, I sought ways to lead from starting a girls’ club at school when I was seven years old, to being the vice president of my senior class.  I have always enjoyed spending time with young children, and have always enjoyed learning and growing.  Those two passions led me to a career in education.  That took leadership to a whole new level.


Each day I would enter my classroom ready to lead my students a bit further down their path of life and learning.  I was able to shape how they viewed themselves as writers, how they solved problems, how to be a good friends, and what it means to be a responsible citizen.


I never thought I’d want to be a school administrator, but here I am beginning my third year as a district administrator, and I’m excited once again about leading at a different level.  Not only do I get to have an impact on what and how our students learn, but I get to do the same with our teachers.  I get to learn from them, and alongside them.  I get to share new ideas and new knowledge with them.  I get to attend a large variety of professional development opportunities, and pass on what I have learned to the other members of the administrative team and their teachers.  I get to connect with educators from all over the world who love what they do, too.


Why do I lead?

Because I love to learn.