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This guide provides a list of free online educational streaming videos, podcasts and sound recordings.
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Streaming Videos and Audio

This library guide highlights free educational streaming videos and freely available podcasts and sound recordings that you can view in your courses or use for research.

Copyright Protection: Streaming videos and audios cannot be downloaded to your computer. The owners of the content give you the rights to view or listen to the files in real time. However, the rights to save, copy or distribute the files are held by the copyright owner and protected by law.

Fair Use: As long as you view or listen to these files as part of a class session or by yourself, you are covered under fair use.  

Public Performance: We do not have public performance rights for any of these streaming videos or audios. For example, a group of students who watch one of these videos during a college student club or organizational meeting would not be covered under fair use. That would be considered a public performance.

See Swank's brochure, "Film and Video Copyright Infringement: What Your College or University Needs to Know About the Public Performance of Movies," for more information.

Multi-subject Videos

  • Academic Earth
    Academic Earth offers free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities.
  • Annenberg Learner
    Annenberg Learner programs are intended for use by teachers, but are also useful for student learning. Browse their resources by subject and grade level. You can view their programs online with a broadband connection whenever you see the "VoD" icon.
  • Cornellcast
    Large lecture library on a wide range of academic topics.
  • Documentary Heaven
    Documentary Heaven was set up early July 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre out there. They intend on continuously updating the site on a daily basis to bring you nothing but the very best.
  • Documentary Tube
    Visitors are able to choose different subject matter from the content menu. There are twenty-two categories in which the documentaries are divided. These include such interesting subjects such as art, health, science, travel, history, and several others. Each documentary in the menu includes a cover picture as well as a brief blurb that describes the movie’s content. Again, they are all full-length features to enjoy; not just little excerpts. There is also a search field where users can type in a subject or the name of a documentary to see if it is available on the website.
  • Gresham College Public Lectures
    Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years. Now available in video, these are sorted by category.
  • Khan Academy
    With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, try these to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  • LearnersTV
    This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests,etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy,Astronomy, Political Science etc FREE to its visitors.
  • M.I.T. World
    MIT World is a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT. MIT World's video index contains more than 800 videos. Browse the videos.
  • Media That Matters Film Festival
    Annual collection showcasing twelve short films on important topics of the day. Seven years of films available on the site, organized alphabetically by title, by year. A simple search interface facilitates finding films by keyword. Films may also be browsed by one of 15 issues: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environment, Family & Society, Gay/Lesbian, Gender/Women, Health/Health Advocacy, Human Rights, Immigration, International, Media, Politics/Government, Racial Justice, Religous Freedom, and Youth.
  • National Film Board of Canada
    Over 1,700 films produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) can be streamed via the site. The NFB has been breaking ground in socially engaged documentary, auteur animation and alternative drama for over 70 years.
  • National Geographic Video
    Contains nearly 300 videos and video clips from National Geographic about the environment, music, science, travel, and culture.
  • Open Vault
    Open Vault provides unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH.
  • PBS Video
    Provides access to selected programs from selected PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.)
  • Point of View Documentaries
    Provides a selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV.
  • TED Talks
    TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Browse by topic, date, popularity and more to view videos. Anyone can browse TED Conversations, but to start or join a conversation, you'll need a free TED.com member account. Also check out the TED YouTube Channel.
  • Webcast Berkeley
    Since 2001, webcast.berkeley has provided the world with a window into the UC Berkeley classroom and campus events experience via online video and audio. From UC Berkeley students to life-long learners around the globe, millions of viewers have tuned-in to view the over 16,000 hours of content available on webcast.berkeley.

Advertising

  • adViews
    A collection of nearly 9,000 digitized vintage television commercials.
  • P.S.A. Central
    The Ad Council, the producer of public service ads (PSAs) on TV and radio, in newspapers and magazines, on billboards and on the Web, makes a wide variety of these ads available for preview or download on this site.
    Registration is required for this free resource.

Anthropology & Archaeology

  • Archaeology Channel
    A streaming-media website for sharing archaeology research and its contributions to science and humanity. The site includes a Teacher Resources area that includes lesson plans.
  • EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis
    Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement.
  • Folkstreams
    Preserves and makes available documentary films about American roots and cultures including essays about filmmaking. The site includes transcripts, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

Education

  • EDU
    The educational side of the video website you know and love: YouTube.
  • EduTube
    An educational video search platform launched in April 2008 that aims to organize the best free online educational videos, and make them easy for you to find, watch and download. EduTube focuses on popular and high quality educational videos. Videos are sorted by EduTube index, a measure of quality, popularity and educational value. EduTube also has a unique system for organizing and tagging videos, to make finding videos as easy as possible. Browse by category, type, educational level, length, top 100, or most popular.
  • HippoCampus.org
    HippoCampus provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students. Content is organized by broad disciplines: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, US History
  • SchoolTube
    SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and free video sharing website that is exclusively endorsed by leading education associations. Their mission is to provide educators and students a safe and fun video sharing environment to enhance their classrooms and learning experiences. Videos are student produced and moderator approved through a innovative Chain of Accountability process. Browse by channels, categories, or schools.
  • SnagLearning
    SnagLearning features carefully selected films from SnagFilms’ award-winning library of over 2,000 documentaries that are appropriate for students from middle school and up. Their titles cover nearly every classroom subject and many are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic. The goal of this site is to highlight documentaries that make for engaging educational tools

History, Political Science and Public Affairs

  • American Experience
    Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.
  • American History in Video
    A subscription database that provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 5,858 titles, equaling approximately 1517 hours.
  • American Rhetoric
    Features a growing collection of text, audio, and video versions of over 5,000 speeches. The site provides access to "public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events." Not all speeches have accompanying videos. Site supported by advertising, and maintained by a speech communication professor.
  • Civil Rights Digital Library
    The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.
  • FRONTLINE
    PBS's FRONTLINE series provides documentaries committed to reporting the tough, controversial, and complex stories that shape our times. Check out the new classroom activities with streaming video, downloadable lesson plans and web-exclusive resources to accompany FRONTLINE programs in the classroom.
  • History.com
    From the History Channel, watch video clips, browse photos, and listen to audio clips from programs Topics include state history, history by time period, U.S. Presidents, and a variety of people, places, and events.
  • Justice
    JUSTICE is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. These lectures relate to the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time: bank bailouts, equality and inequality, taxes, immigration, affirmative action, the role of markets, national service, same-sex marriage, the place of religion in politics, and the ethical questions we confront in our everyday lives.
  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
    Scripps Library at the University of Virginia focuses on US Public Policy. the streaming video collection contains State of the Union addresses from Kennedy to Obama. The multimedia archive also includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, and documents related to the executive branch of American government.
  • U.S. National Archives
    Includes historical video clips from the National Archives such as NASA history, United Newsreel motion pictures, and Department of the Interior motion pictures.

Mathematics

  • Khan Academy
    With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, try these to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Science and Health

  • MayoClinic Youtube Channel
    Watch videos created by the Mayo Clinic on a variety of medical and health topics.
  • NASA Video Gallery
    The NASA Video Gallery includes videos from the Apollo Missions to the most recent space shuttle and space station missions.
  • Nature
    NATURE Online is the award-winning Web companion to the broadcast series. Visitors can stream full episodes of NATURE programs, watch behind-the-scenes video exclusives with filmmakers and producers, view program excerpts, and find fun interactives and online features.
  • NOVA
    NOVA explores innovations and discoveries from the world of science and technology while highlighting the human side of science.
  • Science Cinema
    Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research. State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.
  • Stanford Health Video
    The Stanford Health Video Library programs feature prominent doctors presenting the latest health research.
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