Cable & YouTube Internet Resources
Grant Thompson makes weekly videos dedicated to exploring life though all kinds of life hacks, experiments, and random weekend projects.
Topics include everything from Start a Fire With a Water Bottle to How To Make Magic Mud From a Potato and Is It Possible To Freeze Anti-Freeze?.
Grant does a good job of explaining what he's doing, showing the failures as well as the successes and summarizing the results at the end of the video.
C-Span provides a wealth of resources, including unrestricted taping and viewing rights on C-Span produced programming for use in the classroom, lesson plans & teaching ideas, and an extensive archive. A must for American history teachers!
Rob and his wife Teryn, along with their 4 kids demonstrate art projects from start to finish. Learn to draw things from dogs and cute cartoons to cars and Lego characters, as well origami and themed projects like Mothers Day and Fathers Day art projects.
CNN emphasizes current events with links to relevant background. An extensive video and audio archive and some interactive activities can be found under CNN's Multimedia section header.
They publish sites in other languages (Spanish, etc.), giving language students a place to test their skills and stay informed.
Numberphile is self described as "Videos about numbers - it's that simple." (I also have a bridge available for sale.)
Topics include Problems with Zero, One Minus One Plus One Minus One (which starts to look a lot like Schrödinger's Cat), The Remarkable Way We Eat Pizza (looking at topology) and Infinity Is Bigger Than You Think (how many different types of infinity are there?).
A great resource for tying math to the "real world".
The Discovery Channel provides a special area on their web site for schools and teachers, where you can find lesson plans, science fair ideas, a great puzzlemaker, and more.
The History Channel provides access to primary source documents, such as speeches and maps.
And check out their (current) Topics list.
Vintage Space is an example of the hundreds of great topic channels available for the viewing on YouTube.
Amy Shira Teitel is a spaceflight historian, author, and all-around space history nerd. She posts weekly videos about spaceflight history, things she's curious about, and things no one knew they wanted to know about!
Video's like Amy's can be used to introduce or integrate topics from math and science to history and economics.
In addition to channels dedicated to specific topics, YouTube allows you to assemble your own list of videos using the Search feature.
Searching for "cheap stage scenery" produced a list of ideas for creating interesting yet inexpensive stage scenery for your next school production.