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In this Thing we look at how to find and use video and images for teaching. (We show you ways to use and make videos, later in the series).

Videos and images have a valuable place to play in enhancing learning for students. Lewis Lansford  and Moira West shared some of their thoughts about why video is a valuable tool in the classroom. These are summarised below:

  • Students are familiar with and enjoy video. It ‘speaks’ to Generation V and can be engaging for them.
  • Video brings the outside world into the classroom.
  • It lets students work at a level that’s comfortable for them by using instructional video that is at their learning level.
  • Video can be used to show students the purpose of learning a new skill.
  • Video is a great source of information.

Finding videos

As well as the websites in Thing 9 here are some other sites with educational videos:

Teachertools has NZ relevant primary maths videos.

EdPuzzlewatchKnowLearn for many few educational videos.

Khan Academy is well regarded and has a wide range of learning videos for mathematics, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. There are also sequenced lessons available which include quizzes.

EdX has a secondary school section as well as university courses.

MIT Opencourseware is designed for secondary school students with a lot of science and maths.

YouTubeEd is a treasure trove of videos for school and beyond.

Find and Manage Images

Flickr is an online photo hosting site and image-bank. It also has 90 second videos. You can search

Picasa lets you share images (or not share by making your settings private). You need a google login such as an aucklanduni account.

Bing and Google image search have some options to assist you in searching effectively and without breeching copyright rules (see Thing 5).  Bing allows you to search by licence type  and Google enables you to find free-to-use images.

Digital TV and radio

 Schools can access eTV ‘s free live-streaming TV channels and library of educational videos. A full subscription is needed  to access TV Recordings from NZ free-to-air, SKY and Curriculum section and Zaption (which lets you create interactive video lessons). Faculty students can access this via the library. The library also has the Television Vault, UniSat, and the Chapman Archive.

The Radio New Zealand National archive includes recordings and podcasts on many topics.

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Building on Thing 9, we’d like you to share a link on your blog to a useful video that you have found linked to the topic, theme or interest identified in Thing9. Explain why you found it valuable, and why other people should watch / read it. You may also wish to add (and attribute) more images to your blog.

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Ways to use video and images in the classroom:

TedEd Lessons allows you to build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video.

Smart Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom, Global Digital Citizen Foundation, explains why video makes it such a great tool to enhance classroom learning.

How to Use Online Video in Your Classroom from Edutopia, explains how teachers can bring the best of YouTube and other online video services to their students.

Claire Egmore and Kathryn Davies share some of their inventive and fun ways to incorporate video into classroom activities in their blog, 5 ways to use video in the classroom.

The use of images and video in the classroom is especially effective for English Language Learners:

More Videos

Mathantics has both free content and paid options.

TED talks on Education

Edudemic many many useful links – enjoy!

8 Stunning Science Videos for Igniting the Imagination by Ross Crockett shares the power of video in flipped classrooms.

NZ History hosts over 5000 images and video linked to significant moments in NZ history.

Tōku Reo has 100’s of sequenced video episodes which enable learners to practise and develop Te Reo Māori language skills.

Other places to find and manage images

Wikimedia Commons




More on images

Flickr makes their data available so that others can build online applications using its images. Take a look at some of the tools in Flickr’s App Garden. Some to try:

  • Show where you have been by adding your snaps of your journey to a map with Mappr
  • Be creative and gather photos into a mosaic using Montager

You can make your own using a memegenerator.


Creative Commons Search offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organisations. It is not a search engine.


Parts of this Thing were adapted from 23 Things for Research Oxford / CC By-NC-SA 3.0 and23 Things for Research / CC By-NC-SA 3.0

Header image: Joseph Morris/ Flickr / CC By-ND 2.0
Icons: Everaldo Coelho and YellowIcon / GNU Lesser General Public License

This post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

23 Teaching Things has been written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.


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