The Annenberg Foundation has created a non-profit, multi-media organization called explore.org, which features over 200 short, educational videos that make great educational aids in the classroom. The site offers a wide range of topics—from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, Explore films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.
When you click to watch a video or view a photo, there are icons below that bring you to related interviews, photos, research and a map. Videos and photos can be downloaded and the links shared, though videos can not be embedded. Included with the resources are related web sites and full-length films, books and articles.
You can search by keyword, or choose a country and/or a cause. There are 20 countries listed and 12 causes including, animals, children, disabilities, environment, music and spirituality.
Here is one where a man driving a camel along a rural road in India shares the secret to living a happy life. A transcript is available for this one too:
- SOUND UP
- Explore – India
- CHARLIE: This is the way to travel through India. (INDISCERNIBLE BACKGROUND TALK)
- [GRAPHIC - JAIPUR]
- CHARLIE: You strike me as a very intelligent man.
- INDIAN MAN: I’m an illiterate man. I don’t know what to say. I know how to eat my bread and drive this camel; that’s all I know.
- CHARLIE: What’s the key to leading a happy life? Huh?
- INDIAN MAN: The key to happiness is to choose happiness. [MUSIC PLAYS]
- END OF FILM
During this time of year, when many classrooms will be studying holidays around the world and comparing cultural differences, this site offers some great resources in easy bite-size chunks for all grade levels. The only thing I see missing is lesson plans.
All are free for non-commercial use.