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Free Stock Footage for Your School’s Video Projects

Friday, March 30th, 2012

This week I was in the need for some stock video footage for our school’s morning news broadcast when I ran across  Stock Footage for Free has some phenomenal FREE stock footage that you can use for any purpose.  You will have to create an account, but that is free also.

The footage that they offer free is quality footage from several categories such as Animals, Looping Backgrounds, Sports, Holidays, and lots more.  They also offer some footage on DVD right now for shipping cost only.  It’s worth checking out.

Keep in mind that their goal is that you will like what you see and use for free and later return to buy some of their paid footage.  I for one think that is fair.  And knowing me, I probably will.  I like to support that kind of service.

Enjoy your videoing!  Leave a comment if you know of other places to get free stock video footage.

YouTube and TeacherTube on your iPod???

Monday, May 12th, 2008

This week’s post was prodded by a question asked in my PLN (personal learning network) last week. 

As time goes by, I think, we’ll be seeing more iPod use in the classroom.  The good part about that is that there is a lot of already generated content that you can use, borrow or beg from.  You can find great educational materials on YouTube, teachertube and other online streaming sources.  Don’t you wish you could get some of that material onto your iPods? 

Well, today I’m going to give you several tools that you can use to get the job done.

First is:  You just simply past the URL of the streaming video into the line and then download. 

Second is:  Past the URL and download your new file.  After download you’ll need to add “.flv” to the end of your file for it to work.

Thirdly is:  Same as above, copy and paste then download your new video.

There are more, but these are the ones that I’ve used and have worked.

Now all you have to do is import your video into your iTunes and send it to your iPod. 

(Note: Do not use copyrighted material.  You could get in trouble.)

Google’s History Video Archives

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

This weeks Tech Tip is for the Social Studies Teacher.  You will find that Google has partnered with the NARA to digitize 104 films of history.  You will find them on the Google page

I took a look at one of the news reels from D-Day and it was amazing looking at this time in history as it happened.Teachers can use this public domain data by allowing students to view the content as it was in history.  How powerful could this be?! 

You will find clips from NASA, War News Reels, and the Department of Interior.  The Department of Interior video about the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 was awesome!  I loved seeing the old machinery working as I gained a new appreciation for the advancement of Technology today. 

I think you will find this a great tool for teaching history and giving students an opportunity to view history through the eyes of the people that lived it.  

Note: I do advise; preview each clip before you show it to your students.  Some things just shouldn’t be seen by certain age groups. 

Video Field Trips

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

One of the greatest tools we have at our disposal is video. So, when you would like to take your class on a field trip to the Alamo, but you don’t have the time or budget “Remember The Video.” It’s not just like being there, but it’s close enough some times. Here is a live video feed with a look at the Alamo.

The Alamo is just one of the live web cams out there today. Your class can go on a trip to a hotel gift shop in Florence Italy


After developing your lessons take a look at the list of cameras at

and see if you can discover a live webcam that can support your lessons.

An example could be the study of weather. When we are at a nice 70 degree average winter we can look at places like Time Square in New York and see how cool it is there in New York. The ideas and virtual field trips are only limited by you and your class. Enjoy the trip, I mean, tip!