Do you remember getting excited when the teacher wheeled in the the reel to reel movie projector cart (if you are close to my age). The movies were on 8mm reels, even the dry ones were better than reading a boring textbook.
Research supports children and adults learn and retain information that is presented to them visually much better than that which is only provided verbally. Which made an impact on you about Great Depression era– your history text book or the movie “The Grapes of Wrath”? My 13-year old son (who usually is not fond of black and white moves) said, ”‘The Grapes of Wrath‘ is the best movie ever!”
I utilize many educational cable channels, by frequently searching and recording shows on DVR and/or searching the Internet for educational movies and lesson plans. It takes time to research to find material to go with our lessons, but its worth it.
List of Educational TV Channels
- A&E Classroom
- Animal Planet
- Biography Channel
- Classroom Discovery
- Discovery Channel
- Discovery Fit & Health
- History Channel
- Learning Network
- Military Channel
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- Science Channel
- Travel Channel
- Weather Classroom
But These Are Not Christian Channels?
Correct, these channels teach with a secular worldview. I use it to my advantage by address content such as evolution with this is what the “world” teaches (kids our children will grow up to socialise with) and this is why we don’t agree. Its fairly easy to eat the meat and spit out the secular bones.
I recently joined a informative Facebook Group titled Homeschooling with Netflix where homeschoolers share movies, educational TV shows, and documentaries (not just on Netflix but Hulu, Youtube and DVD). Once you join this free group you can download Homeschooling with Netflix Guide categorized by topic and time period.
Though the Homeschooling with Netflix group, today, I found out about North America hosted by Tom Selleck. It is a landmark, seven-part natural history series from Discovery Channel. Over the three years it took to film North America, camera crews traveled from the icy wastelands of Alaska to the steamy tropical jungles of Costa Rica. There is a map on the Discovery Channel site where you can click on the area to learn about it. I’m utilising this map to integrate with our current geography lessons.
Beth Holland has put together this guidebook for parents who desire to enhance, with film, their teaching of certain historical time periods or famous people. Unlike other review books that are more entertainment driven, Learning With the Movies is educational in bent, interested ultimately in what your children will be learning.
Beth carefully notes any concerns she has regarding content so that parents of younger children can either skip it or preview it to determine appropriateness for their family. This book is a real time-saver because it will spare you endless hours of wading through hundreds of reviews in search of the particular topic you are studying. Instead, with Learning With the Movies, you can quickly turn to the needed time period and select a suitable video.
In addition to grouping videos by topic or time period, Learning With the Movies’ index lists all movie titles, and there is an appendix giving information on where to find the videos/DVDs locally and online, as well as how to begin to build a video library. When you are ready to move beyond books in your home school, save yourself time, money and grief by investing in Learning With the Movies.
The categories Learning With the Movies covers are:
- Bible Times
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Middle Ages
- 1700s: America, Europe
- 1800s: West, East, Europe, World, Civil War
- 1900s (General), World, World War I,
- World War II:
- South Pacific
- Other Theatres of War
- The Home Front
- Korean War
Teach with Movies
TeachWithMovies.com is a site showing teachers how to create lesson plans using movies and film.
Educational Video Youtube Collections
Edudemic.com gives a list of the top 100 video sites specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources. Here are the first ten:
- 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.
- Edutopia: An awesome place to find learning ideas and resources, Edutopia has videos, blogs, and more, all sorted into grade levels.
- YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning.
- Classroom Clips: Classroom Clips offers media for educators and students alike, including video and audio in a browseable format.
- neoK12: Find science videos and more for school kids in K-12 on neoK12.
- OV Guide: Find education videos on this site, featuring author readings and instructional videos.
- CosmoLearning: This free educational website has videos in 36 different academic subjects.
- Google Educational Videos: Cool Cat Teacher offers this excellent tutorial for finding the best of Google’s educational videos.
- Brightstorm: On Brightstorm, students can find homework help in math and science, even test prep, too.
- Explore.org: Explore.org shares live animal cams, films, educational channels, and more for your classroom to explore.