Overview of PBS Videos Online:
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.
Now, full-length programs (1-3 hours, divided into chapters) are available free online.
Types of Videos on PBS Videos Online:
Besides full-length programs, there are short (5-15 minute) news magazine type pieces, and 2-4 minute program previews.
How Many Videos Will I Find at PBS Videos Online?:
Nearly 25 videos (not counting previews).
Tech Specs for PBS Videos Online:
Either Quicktime or Real Player is required to view videos. As with all web-based video, a high-speed internet connection is required for optimal viewing, though different streaming options are available depending on your connection speed.
Additional Features on PBS Videos Online:
Closed captions, program transcripts and lesson plans make it easy to access information and use the videos in the classroom.
The Downside of PBS Videos Online:
There is no way to download or save the programs. 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.
Must-See Videos at PBS Videos Online:
If You Like PBS Videos Online, Try...:
Animal, nature, and culture videos from National Geographic.