Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adding the WOW Factor to Your Lessons with Streaming Media and Digital Collections

Looking for a video snippet to show students during a lesson tomorrow? Need an animation to illustrate a scientific technique? Want to take students live to the Congressional Floor? There are tons of video streaming, virtual media collections and digital learning objects available over advanced networks that you can access instantly from your classroom computer!

WGBH Teacher's Domain ( Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

The Exploratorium's I2 Gateway ( The Exploratorium’s Internet2® gateway, where you’ll find a collection of Web resources that take advantage of cutting-edge Internet2 technology. See and hear DVD quality video. Listen to high fidelity radio. View 3D imagery

The Library of Congress ( Online access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services. You can chat with librarians LIVE and we love the map collection. Little known fact? If a map you need isn't available, you can contact LOC and have them digitize it for you.

The National Science Digital Library ( NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

The CSPAN Archives ( C-SPAN has digitized its entire holdings from 1998 to the present and allows educators and researchers to access this collection via the Internet2 Network. The video library is searchable using a extensive number of fields such as topic, speaker, organization, committee, keywords and has an optimized word searching tool that includes abstracts and closed captioning text. The Flash Player permits clipping and posting of clips taken from longer programs. Text searching is available for many programs. The House and Senate are indexed in detail by speaker, bill, and time allowing one to find any speaker on the House and Senate floor, play that speech, and to read the text in the Congressional Record that accompanies the speech. Internet2 provides the highest access speed for faculty, students, and researchers at participating institutions to search and play video clips for teaching and research. Installing high-speed connectivity to the Internet2 access point. Upgrading the last mile of connectivity and expanding our server capability.

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