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RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and most without registration.

Alison

Standards-based education material covering a broad range of subjects.

alison.com

Amazon Education

Amazon Inspire is a free service for the discovery of digital educational material.

amazon.com/education

Big Think

Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields.

bigthink.com

Brightstorm

Short-form online video lessons by professional educators. Free math lessons.

brightstorm.com

CosmoLearning

Aggregator of free, online video lessons and documentaries.

cosmolearning.com

Coursera

Lectures taught by world-class professors and reinforced through interactive exercises.

coursera.org

EdX

Courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web.

edx.org

FutureLearn

Offers a diverse selection of courses from leading European universities.

futurelearn.com

GCFLearn

Free online courses teaching basic life skills, technology, literacy, and math.

gcflearnfree.org

Howcast

Professional and user-generated how-to videos.

howcast.com

Internet Archive

Collection of more than two-hundred thousand free historical videos, many academic.

archive.org

iTunes U

Free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more accessible via Apple iTunes.

Apple iTunes - Apple iTunes Software

Khan Academy

Self-pased learning with extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments.

khanacademy.org

Learner.org

Professionally developed programming for K-12 classrooms.

learner.org

Math TV

Professional video lessons in mathematics. Covers basic math through calculus.

mathtv.com

MIT Open CourseWare

Lectures and course materials for students, teachers, and self-learners.

ocw.mit.edu  |  Also see: MIT on YouTube, OpenCourseWare Finder

NeoK12

Aggregator of high-quality educational videos from around the Web.

neok12.com

PBS

Free videos from your favorite PBS programs, including NOVA and Frontline.

video.pbs.org

SchoolTube

Video sharing platform for schools featuring original content created by students.

schooltube.com

SchoolsWorld

Engaging, professional videos and practical resources for educator development.

schoolsworld.tv

SnagFilms

Library of free, full-length documentary films.

snagfilms.com

TeacherTube

Online aggregator of educational videos.

teachertube.com

TED

Fascinating presentations by the world's leading thinkers and doers.

ted.org

Videojug

Collection of videos from professors, professionals, coaches, teachers, and consultants.

videojug.com

WatchKnowLearn

Comprehensive online directory of educational videos aggregated from across the Web.

watchknowlearn.org

WonderHowTo

Search engine and directory of free how-to videos.

wonderhowto.com

Open Yale Courses

Free access to a selection of introductory Yale courses.

oyc.yale.edu

YouTube #Education

Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities.

youtube.com/edu  |  Also see: YouTube Teachers, Talks@Google

Additional sites that are not free but offer outstanding content:

BrainPOP

Provider of original, animated educational videos. Subscription required.

brainpop.com

The Great Courses Plus

Fascinating lectures by some of the world's greatest professors. Subscription required.

thegreatcoursesplus.com

Cosmeo

30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. Subscription required.

cosmeo.com  |  Also see: Discovery Education Streaming

Futures Channel

High quality multimedia content ideal for use in the classroom. Subscription required.

thefutureschannel.com

Udemy

Extensive library of over 42,000 courses. Some lessons available for free.

udemy.com

general interest

Metacafe

Specializes in short-form original video content.

metacafe.com

Vimeo

Upload, share, and explore user-generated videos.

vimeo.com

YouTube

Hosts millions of user-generated and professional videos.

youtube.com