UWCSEA East recently got a Patron-Driven subscription to Kanopy Streaming – and what a treasure trove it is! (UWC Community, click here; everyone else, try this link). If you have never heard of it before, let me tell you a little about it.
Kanopy began selling DVDs to universities in Australia, but has moved with the times to deliver a video streaming service to education providers worldwide, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. They have over 26,000 videos available currently, which are added to regularly.
So why should you care?
It is no secret how much students love learning through film. Kanopy has an incredible range of documentaries available: from BBC’s Shakespeare Collection or its Planet Earth Series, through to Gravitas’s Food Choices: How Our Diet Affects the Planet, there is – quite literally – something for everyone.
A lot of the content is more suited to older audiences, but there is plenty in there to support Elementary learners. We’d encourage Elementary teachers to search Kanopy for a subject/unit they have upcoming, and preview the content before use with students.
One of the features that we love is the ability to clip and share a section of a video, so students don’t necessarily watch the whole video, but a pre-selected segment that most closely relates to what they are learning.
Teachers can also create playlists of videos and share those. For more details on this process, check out this help section on the Kanopy website.
If you are a UWCSEA Teacher who wants to watch at home, follow this guide put together by the librarians.
If you would like further information about Kanopy, just contact one of the DLCs, or have a chat to our friendly Librarians!