37 Exciting and Educational Video Sites

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Scintillated by science? Curious about culture? Online video offers many exciting opportunities for home education and self-enrichment. Whether you're looking for art film, animal documentaries, history programs or public policy lectures, the list below covers the Web's best educational videos. Read on to learn about free content from institutions such as MIT, PBS and TED.
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Nature, Science and Technology

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1. ARKive

Animal lovers - and David Attenborough fans - will enjoy this collection of biology and zoology documentaries.

2. Babelgum

In addition to a wide variety of contemporary cultural video, Babelgum offers an educational nature video channel called 'Our Earth.'

3. Channel N

Aspiring psychologists will love Channel N, a series of videos on brain and behavior collected by PsychCentral contributing editor Sandra Kiume.

4. Edge Video

This interview series focuses on contemporary science. Scientists and intellectuals discuss their passions, covering issues such as ecosystem engineering and human genetics.

5. Pop Tech

Pop Tech is a network of people exploring new technology and its social impact. They offer free video podcasts of their lectures.

6. The Research Channel

The Research Channel was founded by several academic institutions wishing to share the research they've done with the public. They've been on television for a long time and recently started offering video online through their website and sites such as iTunesU and You Tube.

7. The Science Network

The Science Network offers free video on tons of exciting science topics, including a review of the science behind contemporary headlines.

8. TED Talks

The Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) community offers lectures and educational video, primarily mined from their annual conference.

History, Arts and Culture

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9. Culture Catch

Catch these interviews with contemporary thinkers on cultural topics such as art, politics, music, film, theater, television, comedy, fashion and cooking.

10. Europa Film Treasures

Film and history buffs will love this archive of European film. The site also offers a developing collection of teaching resources to offer an educational guide of the archives.

11. Explore

Are you interested in international nonprofit groups and NGOs? Explore.org offers video showcasing nonprofit efforts and leaders from around the world. Key regions include Africa, the Middle East, India and China.

12. Folkstreams

Scholars of American history will enjoy Folkstreams. The site collects documentary films that explore American roots cultures.

13. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a comprehensive collection of video on the Holocaust and World War II.

14. Living Room Candidate

If you have an interest in American political history, you should check out these campaign commercials from every U.S. presidential election since 1952.

15. Meaning of Life TV

Students of philosophy and religion will be interested in this site. Meaning of Life TV offers videos of modern 'cosmic thinkers' exploring topics such as God, consciousness and 'Quantum weirdness.'

16. Ubu Web

People who are interested in the arts and alternative culture will enjoy this collection of avant-garde and outsider art videos.

17. Video Active

If you're interested in European history and current events, check out Video Active. They offer an enormous archive of video programming from across the continent.

Educational Lectures and School Programming

Steven Chu lecture MIT video lecture series

18. Big Ideas

From Canada's TVO, Big Ideas is a documentary series of lectures by contemporary intellectuals on topics from architecture to the Middle East to aesthetic education. Lecturers include figures such as Daniel Libeskind, Robert Frisk and Noam Chomsky.

19. Big Think

Another collection of documentary lectures, Big Think offers thought-provoking video on topics that range from sex to religion to Twitter.

20. FORA

FORA is an excellent resource for home learners. The site offers video of live events such as lectures and debates happening at conferences, colleges and think tanks around the world.

21. Learner

Annenberg Media offers a broad range of educational videos designed to improve instructional programming and information sharing both in and out of the classroom.

22. MIT World

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers free video of public events on their campus. Most videos are lectures or panel discussions by major public figures and intellectuals on topics such as leadership, education and public policy.

23. Moving Image Collections

Georgia Institute of Technology presents the MIC, or Moving Image Collections, a directory of the world's moving images intended to help integrate video in the classroom.

24. UCTV

The University of California offers free educational video from all of UC's campuses and affiliated institutions.

25. UWTV

UWTV is a similar website of free, non-commercial programming offer by the University of Washington.

26. Video Lectures

Video Lectures is another site that offers - you guessed it - free educational video lectures.

27. WGBH Forum Network

WGBH offers even more free video lectures by scholars, intellectuals and policy-makers, hosted by a variety of educational and cultural institutions.

28. YouTube Edu

This official YouTube channel collects video programming from international educational institutions.

News, Current Events and Documentary Collections

LA Confidential a documentary from Snag

29. ABC Documentaries

Australia's ABC television offers a broad range of documentaries on science, culture and Australian history.

30. Documentary Log

This site collects free documentaries from around the web. Categories range from anthropology to conspiracy theories.

31. Hulu

Enjoy watching your favorite sitcoms on Hulu? You can now follow the latest educational programming with its News & Information channel.

32. Internet Archive

Archive.org, or the Internet Archive, offers an incredible amount of free images, text,music and video, which includes this collection of academic and cultural films from the Media Burn Independent Film Archive and the Academic Film Archive.

33. Link TV

Link TV offers educational videos on international news and current events.

34. PBS

PBS offers many of their excellent educational programs for free on their website, including the popular documentary series Frontline.

35. People's Archive

This video collection offers the stories of many influential contemporary figures, told by themselves. The project hopes to preserve these stories for future generations so that their experiences can be as alive as their scholarship.

36. Snag Films

Snag Films collects documentaries from around the world, offering over 550 films for free.

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