3 Great Movie Clip Websites to Gain Student Attention

With spring break behind us and summer right around the corner the natives are becoming restless. This new excitement in the air can be difficult to deal with at times in the classroom. This is why I have found that adding movie clips from popular films to my entry tasks to be very effective in gaining students attention. These short 1-2 minute video clips seem to calm them down and get them thinking. Once this happens I then can steer them into the topic that we are going to cover in class.

So where can you find these types of video clips? If you know movies well you can look up clips on Youtube and other video hosting websites like Vimeo. If you don’t know movies that well or you can not think of one to meet the needs of your lesson try one of the following three websites.  These sites will allow you to search movies by topic, mood, genre, time period, event, plot and other criteria.  Making it easy to find the clip you need to fit your lesson plan.

  1. This site will allow you to search for movie clips on a specific topic that you are going to cover in class. This is the best site for finding topic specific movie clips for your classroom.  Click here to go to MovieClips
  2. Jinni is like MovieClips and allows you to search movies by mood, plot, genre, time period, place etc.  Click here to go to Jinni.
  3. Anyclip is another video hosting site that you can search for movie clips to use in your classroom. However, this site you need to know movies it does not provide the easy search options found on the other two sites.
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Getting Ready for the School Year! Classroom Resources: Part One: Video Editors

Well, it is that time of year again to begin looking ahead to the upcoming school year and begin collecting resource for my students to use.  This seems to be an annual event for me searching the web and creating project lists and other links that I think the students will find useful in my classroom.  I have always found that it is better to have list from students to use rather than have them search to save time and maximize time spent on topic.  However, This year I thought that I would try something  new.  Since I am very active with my PLN (Professional Learning Network) I thought that I would post my lists here for all to see so that I can receive input from others.  This may allow me to find resources that I missed or find out that one of the resource I have bookmarked really would not be suitable to use in a classroom setting.  So over the next few weeks I will be posting links for you to look at and consider.  Please let me know if you have used these resources before and how they worked out.

Here are my first list.

I have a project based classroom and have used some of these resources before.

Online video editors for my students to use.

  1. Animoto
  2. Flixtime
  3. Jaycut
  4. Stroome
  5. Movie Masher
  6. Kaltura
  7. RiffTrax
  8. Motion Box
  9. One True Media
  10. Veoh
  11. Ustream
  12. CaptionTube
  13. Photobucket
  14. Youtube Editor
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