Educational video sites

A guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and without registration.

5min

Instructional videos providing answers to common questions.

Academic Earth

Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars.

Big Think

Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields.

Brightstorm

Short-form online video lessons by professional educators. Free math lessons.

CosmoLearning

Aggregator of free, online video lessons and documentaries.

Edublogs.tv

Aggregator and host of educational videos.

Futures Channel

High quality multimedia content ideal for use in the classroom.

Howcast

Professional and user-generated how-to videos.

Internet Archive

Collection of more than two-hundred thousand free historical videos, many academic.

iTunes U

Free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more accessible via Apple iTunes.

Learner.org

Professionally developed programming for K-12 classrooms.

Math TV

Professional video lessons in mathematics. Covers basic math through calculus.

MIT Open CourseWare

Lectures and course materials for students, teachers, and self-learners.

ocw.mit.edu | Also see: OpenCourseWare Finder

MIT World

Guide to more than 700 interesting MIT lectures.

NeoK12

Aggregator of high-quality educational videos from around the Web.

ResearchChannel

3,500 videos from distinguished researchers and scholars.

PBS

Free videos from your favorite PBS programs, including NOVA and Frontline.

ScholarSpot

Educational video aggregator with a very simple user interface.

SchoolTube

Video sharing platform for schools featuring original content created by students.

SnagFilms

Library of free, full-length documentary films.

Teachers TV

Engaging, professional videos and practical resources for educator development.

TeacherTube

Online aggregator of educational videos.

TED

Fascinating presentations by the world's leading thinkers and doers.

Videojug

Collection of videos from professors, professionals, coaches, teachers, and consultants.

WatchKnow

Comprehensive online directory of educational videos aggregated from across the Web.

WonderHowTo

Search engine and directory of free how-to videos.

Open Yale Courses

Free access to a selection of introductory Yale courses.

YouTube EDU

Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities.

www.youtube.com/edu | Also see: Talks@Google

Additional sites that are not free but offer outstanding content:

BrainPOP

Provider of original, animated educational videos. Subscription required.

Cosmeo

30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. Subscription required.

Also see: Discovery Education Streaming

general interest

Hulu

Joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. Features TV shows and movies.

Also see: PBS, National Geographic

Metacafe

Specializes in short-form original video content.

Vimeo

Upload, share, and explore user-generated videos.

YouTube

Hosts millions of user-generated and professional videos.