Television can be a great resource for the classroom when used correctly. Many educational shows can easily be used in the classroom to expand upon topics already being covered. The trick is to find shows that both provide appropriate educational material and are available at the correct time.
Cable in the Classroom provides an easy solution to the first problem – finding content. Through their website, Cable in the Classroom provides information on upcoming shows including the subject, grade level and a short description as well as links to resources to aid in using the show in your classroom.
You can search for resources based on grade level, subject or resource type. A quick search for history videos turns up information on everything from the history of Thanksgiving to profiles on political leaders and important events in history.
Bonus for those schools with NBC Learn, Cable in the Classroom has links to resources specifically from NBC Learn.
As for finding TV content that is airing at right time to be used in the classroom, MediaCAST is here to help. With our IPTV add-on module, teachers are able to search a digital TV guide and select shows to record from anywhere with internet access. The recorded shows are then stored in MediaCAST and available for use in the classroom as needed.
It is important to note that TV shows are copyrighted and there are specific rules about recording them for use in the classroom, including how long recordings can be saved from the original air date. In order to help schools comply with copyright rules, MediaCAST includes a Copyright Compliance tool that allows schools to set criteria for uploading resources to MediaCAST as well as set expiration dates for all resources. Each district has their own set of rules regarding recording shows, so check with your district to find out their particular rules.