Teacher Resources: Recommended Sources of High Quality Content

25 Dec Teacher Resources: Recommended Sources of High Quality Content

Teacher Resources: Recommended Sources of High Quality Content

“The model of those 30 children in neat rows facing a single teacher is (or ought to be) an anachronism. Why shouldn’t children be helped to learn French by French children in French schools or physics by a Nobel Prize winner?
    Lord Puttnam”

— David Puttnam

We need to ensure that we take care to bring the best possible resources, expertise and stimuli to our hyper-connected students. With this in mind and in response to requests for recommendations, we have sourced an initial list of what we believe to be exemplary content. As we looked through the following sites we could not help but get incredibly excited about the potential of each and every resource to form the basis of a challenging provocation capable of initiating high quality thinking, cultivating curiosity or  challenging every student to arrive in class equipped with big questions to be answered.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we have deliberately tried to dig beyond the usual tried and tested (and amazing!) suspects such as TedEd, Khan Academy or  MIT-K12, and we fully  intend to add to this list over the coming weeks and months.  Hopefully, this will be in response to your comments and contributions. To this end, we would encourage you to add to the list using the comment box at the end of the post.

We have loosely curated the sites under subject headings but please take time to explore as the vast majority of these exciting resources can be used across many subjects. As we have said many times before, it’s all about context and purpose.

All of the resources are free for use in school and the majority allow you to connect and subscribe. We hope that you enjoy using these sites as much as we do, and remember that your feedback and suggestions are what drive us.

Click on the  titles to visit each listed site:

ART

National Portrait Gallery Australia

(Art, Design, English) Grades 7-12

Education resources use video, multimedia and sound to present some of the stories surrounding the lives of the artists and subjects in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.  They feature interviews, animations, film footage and archival documents from collections around Australia and overseas.  Although artworks can be searched by medium or type, the education resources are grouped by artist. Using Verso to link to the URL of each item allows teachers to create dynamic provocations guaranteed to stimulate thinking.

PSYCHOLOGY AND DECISION MAKING

What Would You Do?

(Social Studies, Psychology) Grades 6-12

These videos are taken from the US prime time TV show “What Would You Do”. They show members of the public engaged in moral decision making in response to hidden camera scenarios dealing with controversial issues such as racism, homophobia, weight, peer pressure and crime. All videos are available via their YouTube link and they are incredible conversation starters when used in Verso.

If You like this site I would also recommend:

 

Upworthy.

(Social Studies, Psychology) Grades 7-12

Upworthy offers inspirational and challenging videos curated from around the world. I would recommend that you subscribe as the content is updated almost daily and offers phenomenal opportunities for initiating deep thinking and discussion.

MODERN LANGUAGES

Señor Jordan

(Spanish) Grades 4-10

A site dedicated to teaching Spanish, developed as a space to share lessons created by Junior High School Teacher Senor Jordan. Engaging videos are listed in order of difficulty and Snr Jordan has added a statement encouraging teachers to use his content with their classes.

French Online

(French) Grades 3-12

A comprehensive collection of videos created to improve your  French, grammar and pronunciation. Tips are presented in an easy way and  the script of each lesson is on the main website http://www.frenchspanishonline.com.

STEM

Veritasium and YouTube STEM Channels

(Science) Grades 5-12

“Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science”

This amazing site offers exceptionally well produced, high quality videos designed to challenge student thinking. Before using the videos in Verso, I would recommend watching Veritasium Creative Director, Derek Muller’s Ted Talk or reading my previous blog post which shares his remarkable research about the use of video for teaching science.

If you like Veritasium, you will certainly appreciate this collection of Science Channels. We recommend subscribing to these if you have a YouTube account as they can then be added to your favorites for instant use in Verso. Otherwise, use the URL to connect your students to some of the greatest Science content on the web.

MinuteEarth / MinutoDeLaTierra (Earth Science)

thebrainscoop (Earth Science)

Ever Salazar (Matemáticas en videos cortitos y bonitos)

SciShow (Science)

SciShow Space

The Curious Engineer (Engineering)

Untamed Science

Vsauce (Science Challenges)

BrainCraft (Psychology and Neuroscience)

Numberphile (Math’s)

Earth Unplugged (Science and Nature)

Periodic Videos (Chemistry)

AsapSCIENCE

Royal Institution

(Science) Grades 4-12

Over the last two centuries the Ri has been home to eminent scientists whose discoveries have helped to shape the modern world. For high quality teaching resources I recommend heading straight to their RI Channel.

The Ri Channel is an online project by the Royal Institution of Great Britain showcasing the very best science videos from the Ri and around the web.

Alongside highlights from recent Ri events, the Channel features re-digitised footage from the Ri archive and a range of high-quality videos from filmmakers and scientific institutions across the UK and beyond. The project continues the Royal Institution’s charitable mission to “connect people to the world of science”.

Cambridge University

(Science) Grades 4-12

Over the last two centuries the Ri has been home to eminent scientists whose discoveries have helped to shape the modern world. For high quality teaching resources I recommend heading straight to their RI Channel.

The Ri Channel is an online project by the Royal Institution of Great Britain showcasing the very best science videos from the Ri and around the web.

Alongside highlights from recent Ri events, the Channel features re-digitised footage from the Ri archive and a range of high-quality videos from filmmakers and scientific institutions across the UK and beyond. The project continues the Royal Institution’s charitable mission to “connect people to the world of science”.

The London Science Museum

(STEM, Engineering, Art, Design and Technology, English, History, Geography) K-12

The Science Museum has an incredible Online Science site designed for schools. It also allows teachers to filter content by age, subject and area of learning. I really recommend the museum’s Punk Science Video Channel.

where you will find flippable content designed to cultivate curiosity and stimulate inquiry.

CROSS CURRICULAR

 

ABC Splash

(English, Art, Math’s , History, Science , Geography, Social Studies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) K-12

This superb educational resource from ABC Australia has a wealth of high quality content covering all aspects of the Australian Curriculum.
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The content can be searched  and filtered by primary / secondary and subject areas. I would recommend the phenomenal Dust Echoes, a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law.

NeoK12

(Science, Math’s, History, Geography, Social Studies, English) K-12

Neo K12 offers a range of educational content arranged by subject and topic. The video content is a collection of YouTube clips but it is heavily supplemented by educational quizzes, games, puzzles,, presentations and classroom resources. NeoK12 is a great first place to look for content. Once I locate a video that I like, I click through to the actual YouTube channel that it was selected from and take a look at other content by the same contributor or on the same theme. A really useful repository and a fantastic archive of material for use as provocations in Verso!

Australian National Film and Sound Archive

(History, Performing Arts, Art, English, Links with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) Grades 6-12

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the country’s rich audiovisual heritage. The collection includes films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings. It also encompasses documents and artifacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia, oral histories, and vintage equipment. Its Australian History Timeline allows users to search the catalog via people, place and decade. Other highlights include Screen Asia, in support of the development of Asia literacy in the middle years and “Australian Biography”, where extraordinary Australians talk about their lives.

HUMANITIES & ARTS

US Library of Congress

(History, Geography, English, Arts, Science) K-12

The Library of Congress is the  oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. It presents a fascinating source of primary historical evidence. Each item has its own unique URL, making them perfect for use as part of a Verso provocation.

The Library of Congress is the  oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. It presents a fascinating source of primary historical evidence. Each item has its own unique URL, making them perfect for use as part of a Verso provocation.

USA: National Archives

(English, History, Geography, Civics, Social Studies) Grades 4-12

The National Archives Office  has selected  primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field above to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in our ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history. Each artefact has its own unique URL, making them ideal for use in Verso.

National Archives UK

(History, Maths, Geography, RE, Statistics) Grades 1-12

An award winning archive of more than 1000 years of primary historical artefacts, including statistics and census materials arranged in historical periods in line with the UK curriculum. The site can be searched and has an excellent area for teachers

Australian National Archives

(Civics & Citizenship, History, Geography, English) Grades 8-12
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All content in Vrroom, the NRA’s educational portal, is informed and directed by major curriculum areas for Years 9 to 12. It is highly relevant to 20th-century Australian History and to Civics and Citizenship. It is also a valuable tool for senior secondary students of English, Science and ICT.

Each resource and collection has its own unique URL, meaning that each resource can for the basis of a provocation in Verso

British Museum: Young Explorer.

History, Geography, Art, Science, Social Studies, English) Grades 1-7

Discover objects in the British Museum from across the world with the Museum explorer for children.

The British Museum g Explorers offers a unique gateway to images, audio files and video showing primary historical artifacts. Children can search by continent and theme. E.g Asia + tools and technology. Each resource has its own unique URL and can be used to create high quality provocations which can then act as gateways to further connected content.

The site also connects to a very useful video channel featuring 5 minute clips on themes such as “A brief history of time”, “A brief history of money” and “A brief history of writing”. These are really useful for initiating thinking and prompting students to develop their own inquiry questions.

If you like the content from the British Museum, it is worth exploring its partner museums in London, all of which have similar content repositories designed for schools and suitable for use in Verso.

The Natural History Museum

(History, STEM, Geography, English, Art, Social Studies) K-12

The museum has a well organized teacher resource area where users can search by subject and age along with content curated by into collections on themes such as Biodiversity, Climate Change, Space and Evolution. I would recommend flipping a provocation using one of the museum’s naturecams. What student wouldn’t love to develop questions about flesh-eating beetles, ants and bees?

Victoria and Albert Museum

(Art and Design, History, English, Performance Arts, Photography) Grades 4-12

The V&A has unrivaled collections of contemporary and historic art and design. It houses some of the world’s greatest resources for architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and many more. There is extensive online access to authoritative information and the knowledge of leading experts. The works are available as collections E.g. fashion, glass, furniture etc… and each resource and collection has a Verso-friendly unique URL.

Imperial War Museum

(History, English, Social Studies) Grades 1-12

Their Past Your Future from the Imperial War Museum gives history teachers and students everything they need to explore the course, causes and consequences of conflict from the First World War to today. The museum has a unique collection of images for use in the classroom (or even better, on Verso!) covering themes such as Life in the trenches, Recruitment and Conscription and  Art in warfare.

Timelines.TV

(History, Geography and Social Studies) Grades 6-12

This unique and Bafta award winning site has offered an invaluable free-to-use resource for students, teachers since 2010. It presents high quality videos in a series of interrelated historical timelines allowing connections to be made within and across time periods. Resources focus on British History, including timelines on Nations and Empire and Journeys in the American West.

This BAFTA award winning resource is now available on mobile devices with new resources, including ‘Nazi Germany’, ‘American Voices’ and ‘The Edwardians’.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND MEDIA

 

BBC News in Pictures

English language, Photography, Media, Current Affairs) Grades 2-12

Of the BBC’s extensive multi-language content I would recommend two areas that are particularly useful for creating provocations. Firstly, BBC News in Pictures offers banks of high quality photographs from news reports from around the world. These images are fantastic for initiating student narratives, poetry and of course, as a stimulus for report writing and discussion of global affairs.

The other area is BBC School Report, which offers lesson plans and student guidance on report writing and creating multimedia news stories. The site has a section of student reports along with contributions from news editors, journalists and producers.

British Pathé

(English, Media, History, The Arts) K-12

The world’s finest news and entertainment video film archive. Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890’s, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news, for the cinema. With their unique combination of information and entertainment, British Pathé’s documentaries, newsreels, serials and films changed the way the world saw itself forever.

With it’s unparalleled collection of historical events and vast catalogue of changing social activity, British Pathé encompasses one of the world’s most prodigious and fascinating documents of the modern age. From fashion to warfare and sport to travel, British Pathé is the definitive source for the 20th century in moving images and each YouTube video can be used to create challenging provocations in Verso

All 85,000 newsreels are now searchable and viewable on YouTube. This equates to 3,500 hours of filmed history.

 

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