What it is: Watch Know is a new educational video collection site. The site has not been officially launched and is still in beta version but already has a number of outstanding educational videos all offered for free! Watch Know brings together the best educational videos online into one convenient-to-search, safe site. Teachers, parents, and kids come together to find the videos, the videos are then approved for appropriateness by a media review panel made up mostly by school teachers and librarians. The site is very easy to search by category, topic, or keywords. Every video that I viewed was outstanding!
How to integrate Watch Know into the classroom: Watch Know is a great place to find educational videos to introduce any topic to students. The videos are wonderful to use as the anticipatory portion of a lesson to capture students interest in new topics, themes, or subjects. The videos are also well used as discussion starters for classroom debates/discussions. Because the videos are collected from all around the Internet but hosted on the Watch Know website, you can bring educational You Tube videos into the classroom even if your school blocks You Tube. Encourage students to interact and think critically about the video by rating the videos and leaving comments.
Tips: Videos are collected from all over the Internet from sites like SlideBoom to sites like You Tube. Some videos are interactive. I particularly liked the Logic puzzle interactive video where a logic puzzle is presented, kids can work out the puzzle and then click the video for the correct answer.
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