Videos have many benefits in the classroom; if they’re engaging, informative, and inspiring, they can appeal to students of different learning styles.

They’re also valuable tools for educators who wish to access on-demand resources for students, who want to learn more new instructional strategies, or who want to expand their professional learning.

Check out the following six videos for help with your professional learning network (PLN), fact-checking images online, learning about website privacy and security, and more.

These videos are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.

1. How to Fact-Check Images with Google
Have you ever wondered about the source or history behind an image? Google image search can help provide answers. Whether you’re doing research or just curious, reverse image search offers a digital paper trail of where an image has appeared on the internet. All you need to do is drag and drop an image into the images.google.com search bar, paste a url into the search bar, or right click on an image when using the Chrome browser.

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2. How to Evaluate a Website’s Privacy and Security
There are some simple privacy and security checks anyone can do to assess how risky a website is when it comes to your personal information and data. This video will show you how to check if a website uses encryption, how to locate a privacy policy, and, if the site is targeted at kids or students, how to judge if it’s got kids and parents’ interests in mind.

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3. Help Students Generate Further Questions with Formative Assessment
Check out this really simple way to get more out of a quiz with Formative. After a quiz, get students to take ownership of their learning by using Formative to send out exit tickets prompting students to document what questions they still have that they want to explore.

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4. How to Introduce Students to Coding with Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles
Learn how Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles browser extension can make learning to code more engaging. Any student can benefit from learning at least a little bit about code, but for many students just getting started, coding can be overwhelming and not very engaging. This video shows how you can spark student interest right off the bat using Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles to reveal the code behind students’ favorite websites.

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5. 10 Great Movies for the STEM Classroom
A great way to get students excited about STEM, is to show them the ways that popular media uses—and misuses—the concepts you teach daily. Used as part of a lesson, clips from movies can reinforce topics, spark discussion, and promote new perspectives.

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6. Starting Your PLN on Twitter: A Guide for Teachers
Are you new to Twitter? Looking to start an online PLN? Because it’s so widely used among educators, Twitter is a great place to connect with others and share ideas. Use these tips to help you get started, and watch your PLN flourish.

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About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura