Videos

The Hammerhead Shark: Information about the hammerhead shark

Women in STEM: Talks about women in science and includes interviews with two astronauts working in the International Space Station (ISS)

Bill Nye Channel: Does it need an introduction?

SciShow Channel: The perfect channel for curious students! SciShow answers questions on a variety of topics with scientific reasoning in a way that is fun and accessible. Perfect for fun classroom exploration!

Spangler Science TV Channel: Videos by Steve Spangler demonstrating science experiments. These can be used for demonstration as well as inspiration.

Because Science Series: This series hosted by Kyle Hill gives a scientific explanation for different phenomenon we see played out in movies, video games, etc. This series is one of many posted by “The Nerdist” channel so needs to be searched by name. This link will bring you to a video focusing on how the character Quicksilver is able to listen to music normally while traveling at high speed.

ASAP Science: Videos answering random scientific questions using fun illustrations

Applications

Shadowmatic: A game in which students move around random objects in front of a simulated flashlight in order to find the shadow shape that object can make. This game is free and is good for a classroom warm up or as a fun activity when talking about light. (iOS)

Quiver: This app allows students to bring drawings to life on their iPad. A number of coloring sheets are available to print through the app with some being education focused. Most educational pages are science and social studies related and all pages are appropriate for elementary and middle school students. This app is free with the option to purchase different coloring sheet collections. (iOS, Android, Kindle)

Tiny Tap: This app and website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data. (iOS, Android, Website)

BrainPOP: This app and website provides short, animated videos in all subject areas as well as educational games. Each video comes with comprehension questions students can try to test their knowledge. Separate BrainPOP apps are available for students in grades K-3 and for ESL students. (iOS, Android, Chrome, Website)

Brainfeed: This app provides a collection of videos in all subjects that can be used to enhance instruction. (iOS)

Websites

The Smithsonian: Articles, videos, and more focusing on different science and history topics. Most of the articles are above the reading level for elementary students, but the topics can inspire and inform classroom exploration and some of the videos are useful.

CK-12 : This free website provides lessons, information, and interactive tools for learning various subjects. Most of the lessons focus on science and math, but English, history, and other subject areas are being added. (This item has been reviewed! Click here to learn more!)

OpenEd: A collection of videos, games, assessments, lesson plans, and more that are aligned with Common Core Standards and the PARCC assessment. This site has an accompanying app called “Common Core Quest” available for free (iOS, Google Play ((Android)), and Chrome Web Store). This site covers curriculum for grades K-12.

Ted-Ed Periodic Table: This amazing project provides a fantastic, interactive periodic table. Each element comes with a video about it and if you click on “View Full Lesson” underneath the video, you will be taken to a page that provides follow-up questions, additional information, and discussion prompts.

The Flame Challenge: Every year, there is a contest challenging scientists across the country to create material describing a given scientific concept in a way that 11-year olds would understand. There are many submission categories and the concept being described is announced each year. The winners of each category are selected via vote by participating classrooms. 

Tiny Tap: This website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data.

 BrainPOP: This app and website provides short, animated videos in all subject areas as well as educational games. Each video comes with comprehension questions students can try to test their knowledge. Separate BrainPOP sites are available for students in grades K-3 and for ESL students.