ICT Tip: Documentary Storm contains hundreds of catergorized on-line video documentaries

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:

Quick overview: Documentary Storm (www.documentarystorm.com) is a website that has categorized hundreds of on-line video documentaries found across the web. Simply browse, click, and play!

How does this site work? You can search for videos by keyword or browse through the different categories. Categories include biography, science, crime, health, history, art, society, war, biology, politics, the universe, etc..

What works best? I find this site works best when you browse through the different categories instead of searching by keyword. For example, if you were teaching a world history course and searched for “ancient greeks” you may not find much. On the other hand, if you were to browse the history category you may stumble upon an interesting documentary on engineering ancient empires, which may be just as interesting and pertinent to your world history class!

How can this be used in the classroom: Documentaries can be used to start a class discussion or used as a source of inspiration for a written essay or class project. If you have a digital projector in your classroom, documentaries can be screened in class. If students all have regular access to computers at home, you can even assign a documentary to be viewed for homework. (Source: Lise Demers, Place Cartier Adult Education Centre, Lester B. Pearson School Board)

Important notes: The documentaries on this site come from YouTube, Google, Megavideo, Vimeo, or a variety of other video sharing sites. Since some of these sites may be blocked in your school, always test it in your actual classroom (or use an offline solution like keepvid) before showing to your class! For copyright concerns, please view the disclaimer on the Documentary Storm website.

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2 Responses to ICT Tip: Documentary Storm contains hundreds of catergorized on-line video documentaries

  1. Peter Sutherland says:

    The EMSB blocks this website. Can it be unblocked?

    • avispector says:

      Unfortunately, not easily. The problem here is that YouTube is used for many of the videos on this site which is also blocked by the EMSB. Your best bet would be to first talk to your centre director. Perhaps if enough of us teachers speak up (when requesting to use pedagogically relevant websites) the IT departments will start to listen.

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