Television has come along away since the early days of turn knobs and rabbit ears. In fact today nearly 16% of American households with internet access get their TV/media from the internet. As the marketing world races to keep up with the trend and create viral web advertising, perhaps we in education should keep up as well. What is available, what is out there, and how can it benefit my classroom? Those are all questions we as teachers should be asking.

Great Multimedia Sites (do you use one that is not listed here, wiki away and add it on)

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
CNN Video has a host of the latest and archived news videos and clips. Great for current events and enhanced discussion opportunities.

Newsdepth is a weekly news program (~20 min) created for children in grades 3-8. It comes out every Wednesday/Thursday.
CNN Student News is about a 10 min. program that is produced everyday with the latest breaking news in a kid friendly format. It includes vocabulary and quiz questions in most episodes.

Kids Tube is a youth version of You Tube the two rules below sum it up. The nice thing is it is often not blocked by districts even when YouTube is!
We only have 2 rules, but we really mean it, so please read these:
  1. 1. If you write a comment, it MUST be kind, positive, and encouraging. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Just move on to the next video or page. If you leave a rude comment on someone else's contest entry, your video will be instantly disqualified. If you see a rude comment, don't respond - just email KidsTube Staff right away.
  2. 2. NO PROFANITY is allowed on KidsTube. Your account will be banned if you place ANY comments containing profanity. Even if you spell creatively or some of the letters are missing.
Good Luck and Have Fun!
The Teacher version of YouTube, it is usually left unblocked as well, and has countless number of educational based video clips, including instructional clips.
If you don't know about YouTube yet, slap yourself and check the obituary page to make sure your not dead. The bad thing about YouTube is that it is often blocked by districts. However, if you plan ahead you can use RealPlayer software (free download) to download You Tube videos at home on a USB drive and then bring them to school to play on RealPlayer.

School Tube is yet another student friendly version of You Tube and is probably the best in terms of student created material. If you ever have students create videos for class, using School Tube is a great way to have students turn in their videos. No USB, file type, or email errors anymore, jsut have them give you the link to their video on School Tube.
From Beijing to Baghdad, the world has never been closer. PBS brings many of their award winning documentaries into the classroom with WIDE ANGLE. Great for humanities discussions and current events.
Great website for movies, tv shows, and various clips, however blocked by most schools. :-(
Very similar to Hulu, also often blocked.
Great for Math teachers as they even provide educational related material to go along with some episodes.