Yesterday, WGBH representatives visited Harvard’s Lamont Library to present some recent video-based projects their teams are developing. The session was sponsored by the ABCD Technology in Education Working Group and focused on some of the opportunities and challenges of using video resources for teaching and learning, including search-ability, contextualization, rights clearances, and open content production. Most examples derived from their Teachers’ Domain initiative.
Featuring an online library with over 1,000 free media resources from public television programs like NOVA, Frontline, and American Experience, Teacher’s Domain offers instructors and students a superb collection of multimedia assets, Flash interactives, images, documents and lesson plans for the classroom. The three “flavors” of Teachers’ Domain are: K-12 Edition, College Edition, and VITAL on Teachers’ Domain (for New York State educators).
Teachers’ Domain allows anyone who registers with the site to “Download,” “Download and Share” or “Download, Share and Remix” the Open Educational Resources (OER) on the site. Rights restrictions determine the level of use or repurposing of the content. The “Download, Share and Remix” option is particularly exciting, allowing teachers and students to create their own educational media mash-ups. “Download and Share” enables integration of the media assets into any kind of free, education presentation. “Download” allows users to view the video clips on their own computer or handheld device.
Teachers looking to engage their “visual learners” will be delighted by this extraordinary resource!