Monday, December 5, 2011

Instead of Showing A Toy Story, Show Something Educational Before Break

Ah yes! The holiday season is upon us and that causes many educators to turn to their old favorites....Toy Story, The Santa Clause, and don't forget Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way. Why do we turn to these films? Because our students have checked out several days (if not weeks) before Holiday break. My challenge to you is...why not show something that they can learn from?

Don't you just love the evolution of the Internet? I remember back in the old days, if I wanted to show my students a film, I would often have to drive to the video store, rent it (usually with my own money), and have to have it back within a week. Top Documentary Films.com is a site that streams top documentaries from all different types of subject areas:

  • Art and Artists - containing films on Michelangelo, Beethoven, and Picasso. 
  • 9-11 - containing a large variety of films on the day that changed America
  • Biography - containing films on Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and even Curt Cobain. 
  • Economics - containing films on Enron, Supermarket Secrets, etc.

None of the audio/visual content is hosted on the site, therefore sites like GoogleVideo and YouTube contain the full lengths versions of the documentaries.

No comments:

Post a Comment