Multimedia Resources

Free Educational Video, Image, and Lesson Resources

(alternatives to Discovery Education)




Britannica Online Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and a comprehensive list of Gale databases provided by the Massachusetts Library System.

Reliable, high-quality research resources for students of all ages covering a range of topics. Many are geared for high school.

Gale Kids Infobits is ideal for K-5 students.

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Over 50,000 free educational videos organized by category and searchable by grade level, subject, age, topic, and Common Core standards. Videos include star ratings and view counts.

Videos are hosted on many different domains.

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Over 280,000 free photos and illustrations in the public domain that can all be used without attribution. Search or browse by category.

High quality images

Note: the first row of images returned in a search are “sponsored,” and not in the public domain (Pixabay sells this ad space to keep the site free), so students should look below the first row.

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A collection of digital media including images, videos, and documents for educators, funded by PBS and WGBH, and partnered with various educational media producers. Teachers can create accounts for students, and use resources to create and post lessons. Teachers can browse by national, state, and Common Core standards, by grade level, and by topic.

Free for all PreK-12 educators and students.

Teachers should create a PBS Educator account for full access, and to create student codes.

Lots of interactive resources for teaching about climate.


A growing library of lessons, including educational videos. Users can take any useful educational video to create a customized lesson around the video, then distribute TED-Ed lessons, and track impact on a class or individual student.

Can adapt and edit any lesson or create your own ed.ted lesson from scratch using YouTube.  Ideal tool for “flipping” instruction.

learnzillion.png offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12.  Teachers can create multiple classrooms and student accounts with enrollment codes, and assign lessons to students.

Good for teaching writing and math.

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Short, relevant educational video segments on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math designed to inspire and engage students. Programs are produced for targeted audiences: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and the general public. Educator guides to accompany videos are available.

Videos are available on many STEM topics - not just Earth & Space science.  More videos are produced weekly.


A collection of original videos and educational resources that have been developed by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) staff (including master educators). Videos, lesson plans, presentations, images, articles and interactives are linked and available for download. Searchable by resource type and audience age (K-5, 6-8, & 9-12).

The GPM mission is an international satellite mission to gather accurate measurements of precipitation on Earth to create a global data set.

Excellent resource for teaching about weather, water, and climate. The resources can also be applied for technology/engineering, mathematics, and social studies lessons.

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Geography, science, and social studies  multimedia resources for PreK-12 educators and students. Includes glossary, encyclopedia, and articles, with advanced search tool that can be filtered by age, grade, and subject.  Extensive map features include interactive maps, printable map kits, and map games.

Encyclopedia articles best suited for students in grades 6-12. Overall a very high-quality site with many resources for teaching and learning about geography.

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High quality digital content includes a database of videos, images, facts, and encyclopedia articles that can be searched by keyword or browsed by topic.

Ideally suited for elementary students. Registration not required, although students can sign in with parent/guardian permission to access exclusive content and participate in online communities.

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Videos on STEM topics produced by MIT students and faculty for K-12 students. Searchable by keyword.

Maintained by MIT News Office, which approves videos. Most topics too sophisticated for elementary school students.

Search Creative Commons

Access to filtered search services that can be used, shared, and remixed.

Not a search engine, but rather offers access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned, so there is no guarantee that all results, including images, are appropriate.