The Bottom Line
- Full-length NOVA programs (1-3 hours, divided into chapters) are available free.
- Attached transcripts and video captions give viewers more access to the information.
- 2-4 minute video previews give you a taste before you commit.
- Multiple streaming options customize the videos to your connection speed.
- Videos can't be saved or downloaded to your computer.
- Videos are only available in Quicktime and Real Player, so a software download may be necessary.
Guide Review - Free Videos for Teachers from PBS
I remember watching NOVA videos all the time in science and social studies classes. And there's a reason this program is a perennial favorite among teachers--it's well produced, informative and (though some seventh-graders may beg to differ) entertaining. In addition, PBS provides free teacher materials making the programs all the more attractive for classroom use.
It would be impractical and uncomfortable to try to get a whole class around one computer screen, but these streaming videos could be effectively used in settings where each student has access to his own computer.
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