Content in the Cloud

Cloud Computing

Once the idea of Cloud computing was invented to use large networks of servers worldwide to increase performance and storage, the sharing of information and resources has become the norm. Teachers and students have a plethora of information and resources at their fingertips. In reality, there is too much information to access and one needs to learn which are the best resources to share with students. 

In the first section you created your Face of the Classroom. In this section you are going to learn about various resources that you can use in the classroom and share with your students and parents on your Face of the Classroom. 

As much as we would like students to research and read articles, recent research shows that for many students their engagement and understanding increases by listening to audio clips and watching video clips. 

Below are video and audio resources that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum. 


Free Video Resources

The resources below are great to use in the classroom to support the needs of your visual learners.     

1. Peruse each of the below for a minimum of 5 minutes for videos in your curriculum area.                                                                                                                                    


Resource Name

 Age Level


School Tube

School Tube


The best student and teacher videos anywhere!

Teacher Tube

Teacher Tube


A safe educational video community for students, teachers and parents




A Michigan portal to live and on-demand professional development and legislative videos for educators

PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media


There are thousands of digital resources to choose from here. (Videos, games, audio, photos, lesson plans and more)




Check out the YouTube for Education page. You can create your own channel and download videos to use in your classroom. Be sure to follow the copyright and fair use rules covered earlier in Be Legal and Fair. Check out this handout.

2. Read this short article with tips for using video in the classroom. The article is about YouTube video, but applies to all video. 

3. Go to Michigan eLibrary and read the following article. Pai, Aditi. "A picture worth a thousand words? Making a case for video case studies." Journal of College Science Teaching 43.4 (2014): 63. Academic OneFile. Web. 4 Mar. 2016. To find it quickly click here

4. On your Face of the Classroom, share at least two video resources that you used with your students to enhance a lesson. 


5. Download itunes on your computer or device. iTunes is a free media player program available for download from Apple. Create an account if you do not already have one. 

6.  Many of you use iTunes already to purchase and listen to music, but there are a plethora of FREE audio recordings that you can listen to on your computer or mobile device. The free audio recordings are known as Podcasts that are shared online for others to listen to and subscribe to.


7. Watch this short video on how to locate quality educational Podcasts and listen to them. 


itunes u

iTunesU is a portal of educational content in both audio and video formats available for play using the iTunes media player. Content includes lessons, course materials and more. Over 600 universities have active iTunesU sites, and distribute their content publicly at the iTunes Store. To access iTunesU, launch and search through iTunes. Make sure to check out the offerings from Michigan teachers at MI Learning.

8. Watch this short video on how to access the videos in MI Learning created by teachers. 

9. Add at least two audio resources on your Face of the Classroom for your students to listen to.

Click here to continue on to Creating Your Own Instructional Videos


Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of 
new digital resources and tools for learning.

3a. Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
3c. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

6a. Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
6b. Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
6c. Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
6d. Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

7a. Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.


1. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback;
2. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers;
3. Summarizing & Notetaking;
4. Assigning Homework and Practice