Free streaming documentaries with SnagFilms

I’m always on the lookout for sites that offer streaming videos for free.  Last summer, I blogged about seven sites that provide tons of videos that can be incorporated into almost any class, regardless of whether the course is taught online or face-to-face.  SnagFilms certainly needs to be added to the list.  SnagFilms receives some of its funding from American Express, which allows the site to make deals to offer big budget documentaries on its site for free.  Want to show the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi to your students?  SnagFilms has it and almost 2000 other high quality documentaries, all available for free. Unlike YouTube which offers millions of videos created by amateurs, SnagFilms is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to a wider audience online.   Besides allowing you to watch full-length documentary films for free, the site is also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web.  By copying the embed code, the films can be “snagged” to play in other locations.  Want to show one of the documentaries in Desire2Learn, Blackboard or Moodle?  Just copy the code to “snag” it.

SnagFilms also offers a compendium site called SnagLearning which organizes the documentaries by grade level (from kindergarten to college) and by subject area. The site even offers lesson plans and discussion questions for many of the films to help teachers get started.  SnagFilms and SnagLearning are tremendous resources that offer educators quality content for free and on-demand.  Just like they’ve said goodbye to filmstrips, laser discs and VHS tapes, quality streaming video sites like SnagFilms will have educators saying goodbye to their DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

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