Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 11 - NBC Learn K-12

NBC Learn K-12 is a terrific resource for multimedia content generated by NBC over the past eighty years and available now as streaming content. The site consists of videos, most between one and six minutes in length, as well as primary source documents. It is not just news reports, however. NBC has gone to great lengths to provide a wide variety of resources that cover almost every content area and has aligned videos to state and Common Core standards.

What makes NBC Learn truly terrific, however, is how easy it is to find the resources that best meet your needs quickly so you have more time to devote to planning other areas of your lessons. The site is fully searchable, but also browsable by content and standard. Check out the screencast to see a demonstration of how easy it is to locate resources.





NBC Learn can be accessed by Indiana teachers by visiting http://indiana.nbclearn.com. Once there it is recommended that you create an account by clicking register in the top right corner of the page. This will allow you to save videos to a playlist, add notes to videos, and download videos to your computer.

Here are some other resources:

A Getting Started Guide that takes you step by step through both the
account creation process and locating resources by standard and subject.

NBC Learn Video Tour

NBC Learn Welcome from Brian Williams



NBCLearn K-12 is free right now for all Indiana teachers, students and parents/guardians thanks to the Indiana Department of Education Office of eLearning. This means that your students and their parents/guardians can also create accounts and will have the same functionality that If you find it useful please pass this along to someone in that department.

Your Challenge:
Find a few resources that you can use in your classroom to enrich instruction. Examine the resources available on the video player "flipcard." What are some ways you might use this resource other than just playing 

21 comments:

  1. I have looked at this a few times to use in my classroom. I have been a little frustrated when searching by standards in ELA. It always pulls up lots of videos for a standard--but when I click on the video and then look at standards for that video--it says there are none for ELA. This has happened many times this year. I still think the content is good and adaptable for my subject--but I do think there is still work to be done on the "searchability" of this site.

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  2. I used the "Collections" search function to see what the website has to offer. I was happy to see the range of social studies topics and language arts topics. One collection focuses on debate topics. I anticipate both myself and students using those videos to generate policy debate topics and to provide research.

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  3. These videos could be class openers to introduce a concept. A few of them have "activities" that are questions to answer. There really aren't a variety of videos for various topics. Many of the math videos are centered around just a few of the obvious concepts, like pythagorean theorem applications and quadratic functions. I will need to play around with this more and add some of the videos into my lessons. I do like to intro a topic with a clip of how it is used, but I just have to build up my "filing cabinet".

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  4. Often times, my students have little to no schema for the nonfiction topics about which we read in my small groups. Because of this, building background is essential so that my students can comprehend the text. In the past, I've used National Geographic videos to introduce scientific topics. When I searched some of the most recent topics we've covered (Jane Goodall, Barack Obama, oil spills, volcanoes, food allergies...just to name few), I was thrilled that I got several hits for each topic. All of the videos were fairly short. This is a great tool for building background with my reading groups.

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  5. I have used this after attending a Tech Tuesday with Tim. They are great to just show some current event quick 2 minute opener. I have found that our students don't know much outside of their world circle so showing a clip here or there is excellent for thier mind and civic duty! I teach 3 periods of a business related course and the business world clips are so beneficial. It reminds me of our old united streaming but this has so much more to offer and is great to upload into MBC so I don't have to bother with the buffering issue. I hope it stays free!

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  6. They had several videos relating to ancient Rome, which made me very happy. I like how there is a transcript next to the video. Sometimes when watching a video, you miss what exactly was said, and having the transcript available can help with that. I could also create notes for students to fill in as they watch the video, and the transcript would be a huge help for that.

    I really like that you can download the videos, so you can have them to watch even if the internet it down, and you don't have to worry about buffering or loading time. I always feel silly when I set up a video for the class to watch, then we waste 2-3 minutes waiting for it to buffer, or re-buffer, once you make it full screen.

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  7. I love the idea of having little clips of videos to introduce topics to elementary kids. As Kati said, it does help build background. It also helps peak interest and make it more relatable to the "real world". Just a snippet embedded into a flipchart often gets them listening! I've worked a bit with the standards feature today and noticed that the results it brings back are sort of on topic for the standard, but it is really reaching for some! I still am excited to add it to my toolbox!

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  8. I can see that this tool would lend itself well to upper elementary/middle school/high school, etc.

    I must admit that we have a fantastic tool we use at Oak Hill - BrainPop (& BrainPop Jr.). It's tough to compete with Tim and Moby, as they use humor to captivate students on every topic imaginable. My students love them!

    I like NBC Learn's author page, but like all the topics I viewed, I hope it grows into a large library of videos. Are they just getting started? I look forward to seeing more content, especially real-world applications in math.



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  9. I can definitely see myself using this to introduce nonfiction topics in reading and language arts. We are currently using the Achieve 3000 program and like to build background before assigning articles. I think this would be great for that. I am also excited to have some math videos to supplement new topics.

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  10. I love this idea for nonfiction topics and supporting textual information with video. It is also a great tool for comparing one type of coverage on an event to another, which is a new Common Core standard. I will definitely be utilizing this and sharing with colleagues!

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  11. These clips can be used to kickstart a discussion. It is much better than the old united streaming, they did not have anything for music. Since they can be downloaded, I could use them when I have a sub in the room.

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  12. I have used this to introduce lessons on fast food and nutrition -I love how they are informative yet short enough to not lose the kids' interest. I try to avoid our FACS textbooks when I can, I would rather use more current info., and these videos are perfect. I plan on searching for other topics, I just found out about it a few weeks ago when a colleague sent out an email directing us to it :-)

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  13. I also went into the math section just to see if I could actually use one of the videos to intro a basic concept. I clicked on negative numbers and it brought up a piece on the national debt. There was more political opinion on if we should tax the rich than actual references to negative numbers. In fact besides the fact that the topic was how to pay off the debt there was absolutely no talk about negative numbers. Over all disappointing. The activity it referenced didn't even mention negative numbers at all. I am sure this was just one topic that may not have been good, but it was chosen at random so there are probably more. I did see a piece on the housing market that would have been good to intro the property search PBL I had. I saved it for next year in case I did the property search again.

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  14. This is a great tool for me! I'm just starting to become familiar with it but see lots of uses in my social studies and world cultures classes. The short videos are great discussion starters and give the students a chance to see what we're talking about. I love the fact that you can embed the videos in MBC! I also love the fact that clips go back decades, so for more recent historical events the students can actually see the broadcasts that were made about it.

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  15. I could see this tool being a great way to build background knowledge. My students could be given a video scavenger hunt and watch the assigned videos and fill in information. This could also be a great way to open class and get the students interested.

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  16. I see this being a great addition to my Social Studies and Science classes. I also see it as an additional visual/auditory bonus for those learners using the Achieve 3000 to help add to that. I like the quick introductions. I wish we had Brain Pop because I agree with DeLyn that it is hard to beat Mosby with a fourth grade crowd! However this is FREE and students are often not exposed or have the access to real world non-fiction items. The more we can get them introduced and accustomed to them the better.

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  17. Not much here for math subjects. I concur with Michael Ellerbrook's comments as I too watched the same video. I can see using it other disciplines as an intro to a topic or discussion starters.

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  18. Wow! This looks interesting. I am excited for Thanksgiving Break so I can give it a try. I am always looking for ways to reinforce Language Arts. Thanks for the input!

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  19. I'm impressed with the science videos. I have only watched two or three chemistry videos but they seem wonderful. I'm thankful that we have access to this and hope that every teacher takes some time to explore on here. I searched by standard and think that some of the videos are a 'stretch' for that standard. They have to do with the standard but don't necessarily teach on the standard - but that's ok if the purpose is for reinforcement and enrichment. I think it would be a great way to pull out the '4' students from the proficiency plan and have them dig more deeply into a standard while the teacher is working one on one with '1' or '2' level students - for those using proficiency plans this year.

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  20. I am always looking for good, reputable information to share current events and historical events that I teach along with music. I think I will find many topics related to what I teach. Also very cool that Indiana has access along with My Big Campus!

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  21. A wealth of resources...I just need to dive in! This is one of those sites that I often forget is available when I am throwing together a unit. Now that it is in My Big Campus, and I will be building my future units in My Big Campus, maybe I will remember to use it.

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