WatchKnowLearn – Free Educational Videos, Organized and Prescreened – Official UM Review

I have posted this site before, but as I have been utilizing it more over the last few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to pass it on again with some of my thoughts. 

There are so many resources available online and it can be quite difficult to wade your way through to find the pearls among the sand. The greatest thing about WatchKnowLearn is that I know the content is appropriate and factual, as every link has been previewed for accuracy and content by adults. You can set the age filters to ensure that your 15 year old doesn’t get stuck with “babyish” content and your 6 year old doesn’t end up with “mature” content. This is a site that you can let the kids go wild on and feel comfortable knowing that the materials are trustworthy. If you take a few minutes to set up an account you can not only create a playlist, but help by participating in the screening processes.  This can be an incredible help and resource for busy home ed families!

The Vision behind WatchKnowLearn is simple:

Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn. The best way to make this possible, we believe, is to organize into one, super directory the hundreds of thousands of good videos currently available on the Internet. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the World Wide Web, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe!

WatchKnowLearn Now

WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the world.

WatchKnowLearn Future

WatchKnowLearn has additional plans.

  • We plan to index over 50,000 educational videos by the end of 2011. Imagine, cataloguing and creating tens of thousands of excellent, short videos, so that a teacher or student can quickly and easily find a top-quality educational video on absolutely any topic.
  • We are beginning a localization project to develop a version of WatchKnowLearn with Spanish-language navigation. The educational videos will be primarily in English, but language-localization will make the Web site accessible to non-English speaking users. Other languages will follow shortly after the launch of the Spanish version.
  • Because we also believe it is important to give everyone a boost in learning, especially from the earliest years, we are presently sponsoring early childhood reading in daycare centers in a number of communities. WatchKnowLearn is also sponsoring a study of the effects of this program. Dr. Larry Sanger, best known as co-founder of Wikipedia, is drawing on his experience with online encyclopedias to plan an innovative multimedia encyclopedia for early childhood.
  • Finally, WatchKnowLearn is in the start-up phase of a program to enlist top-tier private and public schools to capture their classrooms on video. The videos will then be hosted free of charge by WatchKnowLearn.

 

 

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avatar About the Author: Gina is a home educating mom since 2007, when her daughter was in 5th grade and could no longer deal with the ridiculous public school system. You can find out more about their journey on their blog – Home Learning Family Going Sane - fairiemom78.blogspot.com .

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