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The Ultimate List of Best 30 Free Educational Video Sites

The Ultimate List of Best 30 Free Educational Video Sites

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When I began homeschooling (29 years ago) I purchased a few VHS videos by National Geographic to add to my resources. That was about all that was available. Now there is a plethora of educational videos available online FREE! Below is an alphabetical list to the amazing amount of educational learning videos available for homeschool moms and other teachers.

Some topics are just learned better by video. On the anniversary of 9/11 we watched a few documentaries of the tragedy. There is absolutely nothing I could have read from any book that would have been as moving as was the actual footage of the World Trade Center attack.

recent report by the U.S. Department of Education  found that “classes with online learning (whether taught completely online or blended) on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.”

Disclaimer: I created this list to have quick bookmark access to learning tools as I prepare homeschool lessons. I have not seen all the content. Be sure to view videos to see if they are appropriate for your homeschool.

Free Educational Video Libraries

academicearthAcademic EarthFirst collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities, a smorgasbord of online course content—from prestigious universities such as Stanford and Princeton—accessible and free to anyone in the world.

bigthinkersBig Think:  Hundreds of big ideas populate Big Think, including:  Earth and Beyond21st Century LivingGoing MentalExtreme BiologyPower and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

brightstormBrightstormOver 3,500 HD videos and sample problems that cover every subject in high school. You can even get expert help to study for the SAT, ACT, and AP tests. All Brightstorm teachers are highly entertaining and extremely effective at making difficult concepts easy to understand.

cosmolearningCosmoLearning: CosmoLearning (CL) is an educational website committed to improving the quality of  home-schooling, teaching and student excellence. Designed for educators and self-learners, organized according to traditional curriculum standards, CosmoLearning provides courses, video lectures, documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of subjects.

courseraCoursera: Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Videos are based on proven teaching methods verified by top researchers.

documentaryDocumentary Log: Documentary-Log.com was founded by fans of documentaries. There are thousands (if not millions) of movie and TV sites out there—allowing you to discuss, watch TV.  See more at: http://www.documentary-log.com/about/#sthash.XmgWzovl.dpuf

edxEdXEdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities including MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

futureschannelFutures Channel: I love this concept! When your students ask the inevitable question, “When would I ever use this?” answer it with a micro-documentary from the largest STEM video library of its kind—The Futures Channel. The Futures Channel partners with schools around the country as well as a wide range of publishers, science centers, professional development service providers, websites and more to provide high quality real-world digital content to enhance their education offerings and objectives.

howcast2HowcastHowcast videos are here for all the times you’ve thought “I wish I knew how to…” Videos include everything from Thanksgiving Survival Guide to How to Use Adobe Illustrator. Need to check a recipe? Change your oil on the road? Tie a bow tie?  How to Paint a Wall and How to Build a Snow Cave to How to Smart Mob

hulu-2HuluHulu is a website and over-the-top subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage www.hulu.com  |  Also see: PBSNational Geographic

internetarchiveInternet Archive: This library contains digital movies uploaded by Internet Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

itunesiTunes U: The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools—plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content.

khan-2Khan Academy: The Khan library of content covers math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.


Learner.org.Learner.org’s  mission is to advance excellent teaching in American schools through the development and distribution of multimedia resources for teaching and learning. We are a division of the Annenberg Foundation Includes over 1500 videos are on learner.org for K-12 . Ad free. Also includes online textbooks. The Videoes on Demand play in either Flash or .mp4 format

mathtvMath TV: Math Videos arranged by topic including introductory math, algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

MetacafeSpecializes in short-form original video content.www.metacafe.com

mitMIT Open CourseWare:  MIT’s mission—to advance knowledge and educate students—and in 2000 proposed OCW.  Includes over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines.  Lectures and course materials for students, teachers, and self-learners.  Also see: OpenCourseWare Finder

mitworldMIT VideoGuide to more than 11,000 interesting MIT videos and lectures.The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute’s offices, laboratories, centers and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more.

MIT Tech TV: MIT Tech TV is the video-sharing site for the MIT community. It supports the community through the aggregation and distribution of science, engineering, technology, and a lot more MIT-related videos on the web.

neok12NeoK12: Learn about science, math, social studies and English with interesting videos, quiz games, interactive diagrams, activities and presentations for kids at NeoK12.


researchchannel ResearchChannel 3,500 videos from distinguished researchers and scholars. YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

pbs-2PBSFree videos from your favorite PBS programs, including NOVA and Frontline. PBS video content is brought to you through on-demand streaming. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, and you’ll be able to enjoy hundreds of hours of content. And best of all—it’s free!

schooltubeSchoolTube Video sharing platform for schools featuring original content created by students. SchoolTube.com is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators—exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations.

schoolsworld-2SchoolsWorld  is a brand-new, multimedia platform, providing innovative and informative content for everyone involved with or wanting to be involved in schools. Besides all the content from Teachers TV, there is something for everyone: videos, interactive games, work sheets, fact sheets, information and latest education news. There are also opportunities to get involved in great competitions and daily polls.

snagfilms-2SnagFilmsLibrary of free, full-length documentary films. SnagFilms.com, a very popular, ad-supported social video-viewing platform, offers viewers carefully selected video content and the chance to discover, watch and recommend high-quality content from its extensive online library.

teachertubeTeacherTube Online aggregator of educational videos. Their goal is to provide an online community for sharing an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

ted-2TEDFascinating presentations by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation with an agenda is to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation.

videojugVideojugWith the catchline “get good at life,” Videojug is a website stocked with thousands of videos, articles and answers, with advice on just about everything.

watchknowWatchKnowLearn Comprehensive online directory of educational videos aggregated from across the Web.

WonderHowToWonderHowTo provides more than 170,000 how-to videos and articles from more than 17,000 specialized creators, spanning thirty-five vertical categories and 424 sub-categories. They seek to empower an intellectually curious community.

yale-2Open Yale Courses Free access to a selection of introductory Yale courses.
youtubeedu-2YouTube EDUFree lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities. Also see: Talks@Google

Subscription Videos

BrainPOP BrainPOP is the leading producer of animated educational movies for grades 3–12. With more than one million new viewers each month, BrainPOP offers curriculum-based content in the areas of Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Arts & Music, and Technology. Some free videos are available but a subscription is required for full access.


Cosmeo 30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. Subscription required. Also see: Discovery Education Streaming


The Homeschool with Movies Facebook group is for those wanting to teach or enhance lessons with movies or videos online or TV. This is a Christian group. Created to share educational movies, documentaries, programming and lesson plans. Join here. 



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