NBC Learn K12 Website Tour
REHEMA ELLIS, reporting:
Hi, I'm Rehema Ellis with NBC NEWS. Welcome to NBC Learn, a unique, content-rich educational resource that's available online to teachers, students, and parents. NBC Learn is the education arm of NBC News and offers thousands of stories from the NBC News archives, current events, and original videos. Supporting numerous subjects, this unparalleled resource library brings to life the major events, issues, and people of our times - and will inspire and engage students like never before. In this video tour, we'll take a look at some of the great video, document, and image resources available in NBC Learn. Then I'll show you how you can search and browse through all the great content to find the resources you're looking for. And every resource is displayed in its own media player, called a CueCard. I'll show you some great features on the CueCard to make the resources even more useful to you. I'll show you how to use the clip tool to create a clip within a video clip, how to use playlists to organize your favorite resources, and how to share resources, search results, and playlists. I'll also show you how you can download NBC Learn resources to your computer so you can use them without an internet connection. And last, we'll look at the State Standards tool. If you want to jump ahead to a particular section of the tour, just click the tab on the left side of the video player for the section you'd like to see.
NBC Learn is built around a collection of NBC News film and video clips, from the Universal Newsreels of the 1930s to shows like Meet the Press, TODAY and NBC Nightly News, as well as MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo. The collection includes some of the first television news broadcasts, as well as historic moments in the Civil Rights movement, the race to the moon, and presidential elections as they were reported on television at the time by NBC News. NBC Learn also includes the very latest current events from across the NBC News platforms. New videos are added to Current Events daily, Monday through Friday, and the carousel on the homepage highlights some of the most recently added videos. You can watch full-length stories in the carousel by clicking on the story screen image or the watch video button to the right. The carousel also highlights special collections and featured videos. In addition to all the great news stories, there are hundreds of original videos that cover subjects from Early American history to English language and grammar to the Science of NFL Football! These award-winning original videos are produced by NBC Learn and held to the highest NBC News standards. There are non-video resources in the archives as well. Thanks to the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, we have hundreds of primary source documents, letters, diaries, and more. There's also a collection of photographs, editorial and political cartoons, and charts and graphs. The resources in the homepage carousel are unlocked and will play all the way through. However, to watch other videos in full you'll need to have a subscription to NBC Learn. If you don't already have a subscription, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Contact Us” to find out how to get one. Or, at the top right of the webpage you can sign up for a free trial. Once you've signed in, the videos will be unlocked and you'll be able to watch whatever you like.
With thousands of resources available in NBC Learn, and more being added every week, our search tools will get you to the content you're most interested in - quickly and easily. You can browse the content by clicking into the subject areas on the left side of the screen. Each subject is built on a course outline. The deeper you click into the outline, the more narrow your results get. Icons next to each thumbnail signify if the resource is a video, document, or image. Put the cursor over the letter "i" to see a short description of the resource. Use the “Sort By” dropdowns at the top of the screen to sort your results by title, date and type. To change the size of the resource thumbnails, try clicking "Small" or "Large." You can also switch over to "List View" to see the results as a title list. Near the top right of the page you can also select the "Expanded" view of the title list to see the full short descriptions and other information about the resources. You can also search for resources by typing keywords into the search box in the upper right corner of the page, or by clicking the “Advanced Search” tab. After you've done a search, you can enter additional words and dates, and use the filters below to refine your search even more.
The CueCard is a patented media player specially developed by NBC Learn that supports videos, images, documents, and other resources. The CueCard is easy to use and has great features that will help save time in the classroom and at home. When you click on a resource, the CueCard will open up. You can drag and drop the CueCard anywhere on the page. If the resource is a video, it will begin playing right away. Use the flip button in the upper right corner to turn the card over, where you'll find information about each resource, a short description of the contents, and keywords that are hyperlinked to other resources sharing that keyword. Citation for each resource appears in three different styles to help students cite NBC Learn resources in their research. Click the “Copy” button and paste the citation into a document. So now, let's flip back to the front of the CueCard to see more of its special features. On the top right, click the “Transcript” drawer to see a full transcript for the video. You can highlight the text to copy and paste it into a research paper or presentation. You can also print the entire transcript using the "Print" button on the bottom of the CueCard. The printer-friendly version shows all the information from the back of the card as well as the transcript. And there's even the option to create a PDF document. Several resources also include a “Lessons” or “Activities” drawer, with lesson plans related to that video. For document and image CueCards, you'll see tools to zoom into and out of the resource. Numbers indicate multiple pages in the document. Just click the number to access that page. The video resources have controls on the bottom of the card that will play and pause the video, and you can drag the progress bar to move forward and backward in the story. The running time, a mute button, and volume control are on the card as well. The video plays in full screen by pressing the “Full Screen” button. And all CueCards, whether flipped or not, can be expanded and resized by pulling the tab in the lower right hand corner. Next is the “Related CueCard” button. This shows you resources that are related to the video you have open. When a video finishes playing, the related CueCards will also appear. Click on a thumbnail to play a related video, or click the “Back” button in the upper right to return to the first video. Closed captioning is especially helpful for students who are hearing-impaired and also helpful in building literacy skills. Put the cursor over the “Closed Caption” button and select the text color and size you'd like to see. Some videos also offer the option of Spanish language captioning. The CueCard automatically selects the best possible video stream based on your bandwidth. If available, the video will stream in high definition. To limit the playback stream to standard definition, press the “HD” button in the lower right corner to disable high definition playback. This is useful if you're experiencing poor playback performance or if you have a bandwidth cap that you don't want to exceed.
Playlists are a way to create and manage your own personalized media library. You can save resources to playlists and organize them by class or topic - however you'd like. Click on the “Save” button on the bottom left. You can add the resource to an existing playlist or create a new playlist. To create a new one, click “New” and type in the playlist name. Click the “Save” button in the lower right corner. If you want to save a resource to an existing playlist, simply click by the name of the playlist you want the resource to be saved in. And you can put the resource in more than one playlist at a time. Once the resource is saved, the “Notes” drawer is unlocked, and you can add notes and links that stay with the resource. The notes you include in the drawer are your own - no one else will be able to see them - so this is a great place to keep track of research, project ideas, discussion questions for students, assessments, or classroom activities. Then click the “Save” button. When you click the button to print the CueCard, you'll see - after the general information and transcript - the notes that were entered in the Notes drawer. To edit and modify your playlists, click the “My Playlists” button in the navigation bar. To see the CueCards in the playlist, just click on the playlist name. You can sort the CueCards by Title, Event Date, Air/Publish Date, Recently Added, or Type. In "Edit Mode" you can add a new playlist, re-arrange the order of your lists, re-name them, and delete resources and playlist you no longer want. When you're finished editing, make sure to click the “Save” button to save your changes! The playlists are yours to use however you like. You can even share them.
Sharing the great resources you find in NBC Learn is so easy. Click the “Share” button at the bottom of the CueCard to email the resource or post it on sites such as Google Classrooms, Edmodo, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also click the “Copy URL” button to paste the resource link in PowerPoint, your course website, and other places. You can also share whole pages of resources. Did you just finish an Advanced Search and want to share the results? Simply click the “Copy URL” button at the top of the page for a link to all the resources from that search. You can even share your playlists. Click on the “My Playlists” tab in the navigation bar and then click on the playlist title you'd like to share. Use the “Copy URL” button to share a link to the resources on that page. Remember, when you share resources, only people with a subscription to NBC Learn will be able to watch the full video.
Another great feature on the NBC Learn CueCard is the “Clip Tool”. The Clip Tool allows you to clip only the portion of a video that you'd like to use. With the CueCard open, click on the small scissor icon and the progress bar will turn orange. Drag the markers to the points in the video where you'd like it to begin playing and where you'd like it to stop. Use the “Share” button to email the shortened clip or post it to sites such as Google Classrooms, Edmodo, Twitter, and Facebook. Or you can use the “Copy URL” button to copy and paste the link into PowerPoint and other places. Others with an NBC Learn subscription can open the CueCard - with the option to watch the full-length video or continue to the clipped portion you sent.
The download feature is great when you can't count on a good internet connection. Click the “Download” button on the bottom of the CueCard. The first time you do this, you'll be prompted to install an off-line version of the CueCard, built in Adobe Air, that will live locally on your computer. It usually takes under a minute to install - but you must have administrative rights to do this. Once the player is installed on your computer you can download videos. After you click “Download,” you can select high or low download quality. The offline player will appear, with the video you just downloaded appearing at the bottom. If you click on it, the video will begin to play. To access the download player toolbar, just slide the cursor over the upper left corner - the toolbar will slide out on the left. Click the “Library” tab to access your downloaded videos, and click a thumbnail to play the video. You can drag the offline CueCard just like the on-line version - and it flips and has a transcript drawer, too. Click the “Embed” tab to access the embed code for this particular video. This allows you to link to the offline version of the CueCard from PowerPoint presentations and other off-line documents. To move the video from computer to computer, use the “Import” or “Export” buttons and you can save the video to a USB drive. Remember - the offline player and videos must be on the same computer you're using for the PowerPoint presentation in order for the videos to play. Click the “Help” tab to link to the NBC Learn page if you have any more questions. The “Video” tab will get you back to the video in progress. You can always access your offline player by clicking the NBC Learn icon on your desktop. As long as your NBC Learn subscription remains active, your clips will play. If it lapses or expires, they will stop playing until the subscription is renewed.
The state standards tool is available to all K-12 subscribers to NBC Learn. Knowing what videos correlate to your state's standards can help save time and effort! There are two ways to access the State Standards information when you are logged into NBC Learn - through the “State Standards” tab in the navigation bar and directly from the CueCard. In the navigation bar, click the “State Standards” button to see which videos fulfill a standard. Enter your state, the subject, and the grade level that you teach - then click search. Anywhere you see a green check means there is at least one video correlated to that standard. Click the check mark for a title list and short description of those videos. You can print the list or click the title to jump straight to that video. Once you're finished watching the video - just click your task bar to bring the title list window back to the surface. From the CueCard - once you've found a video you'd like to use - click the “Standards” button, and then enter your state and grade level, and click “Go.” You'll get back a list of the standards that the video helps to fulfill. You can also check to see how the resource aligns to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The Standards window can be dragged and resized, too, and you can even download or print the list of standards that the resource aligns to. One final note about State Standards - it takes a few weeks to correlate each new resource, so the newest videos may not show any correlations. But check back again - we know it's important to meeting your learning objectives.
That brings us to the end of our tour of NBC Learn. If you want to watch any part of this tour again, just click the tab on the left for the section you want to watch. If you have specific questions about how to use a feature of the site, check out the “Toolkit” section in the navigation bar. There are step-by-step instructions, as well as short "how-to" videos. Also, at the bottom of any page, you'll find information on accessibility by clicking the “Accessibility” button. If you still have questions, click “Contact Us” to send us an email. I hope you've enjoyed the tour. Thanks for watching.