NBC Learn gives teachers ultimate archive access

Want Brian Williams anchoring the news right from your classroom?

Now, he’s all yours.

VBCPS has purchased a subscription to NBC Learn, an online news archive collection created by NBC News and featuring more than 12,000 digitized video clips – some of which date back to the 1920s.

VBCPS staff, parents and students have complete access to this, one of the largest news archives in the world, and can search the massive collection by subject or keyword.

For example, a search of all social studies content will showcase hundreds of historical clips, including a 2011 piece detailing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the assassination of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Posted next to that clip will be a segment from 1956, which covered President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s comments at a conference for Western Hemisphere leaders held in Panama.

Alternatively, searching the system for the more specific term, “Challenger,” will bring up 44 different video clips ranging from the original news coverage of the 1986 space shuttle explosion to personal interviews with some of the flight victims before the launch.

The video files range in length, but are typically no longer than six minutes. This gives you efficient tools in making subject matter come to life without losing instructional time. All clips –and other resources, such as documents and photographs – have bibliographic information provided. Additionally, the materials in the collection are available through internet streaming or can be downloaded from the site.

To access the site, visit http://www.vbschools.com/opraa/index.asp and click on the NBC Learn link located under Academic Websites. The link will provide directions on how to create your personal login and username to customize your search and online library.


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