Freely-Available Online Educational Video Resources
By Judith Maginnis Kuster
The Internet has many free video features that are educational treasures. A recent column included several online video clips of voice disorders (Kuster, JM, Voice Disorders "Keepers" for Clients and Classes, The ASHA Leader June 14, 2005, p. 17 (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part65.html). The "Media Search" feature on search engines such alltheweb.com, altavista.com, dogpile.com,. and the specialized search engine for audio and video files called Singing Fish (www.singingfish.com) uncovers many clips of other disorders such as
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/) is a consumer media company for sharing original videos on the web. There is a search feature to discover short videos that may enhance learning or provide interesting discussion/writing topics for clients. A quick search turned up some interesting examples. (Warning: be careful of quality and a G-rating).
- Onset and Development by Valerie LaPorte and Cindy Spillers which has individual video clips of seven danger signs of stuttering from the Stuttering Foundation of America's film "Prevention of Stuttering: Identifying the Danger Signs" (www.d.umn.edu/~cspiller/stutteringpage/onset.htm)
Examples of exceptional free online videos are:
- Pinky and The Brain - a 2-minute neuroanatomy review (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHMZyQZAWoU). (This is no longer online. June 12, 2007, JAK)
- Videos of the singer, John "Scatman" Larkin, a person who stuttered. Scatman (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EZR3D4OjJeE)
and Scatman's World (http://youtube.com/watch?v=sMywfxLSV6c)
- Operation Respect (www.dontlaugh.org/) - offers a
downloadable copy of Peter, Paul and Mary's DVD, "Don't Laugh
at Me." Also available are three curricula (grades 2-5, grades 6-
8, and one for summer camps and after-school programs) with
ideas for helping teachers or school clinicians reduce bullying of children.
- The Stuttering Foundation of America is putting several of their videos/DVD's online, including
- The Captioned Media Program - a free-loan collection of over 4,000 titles (videos, including some that are streamed and available on-line, available to hearing impaired, their parents, or those who work with them), including lessons in ASL and speech reading. (www.cfv.org)
Finally, more and more streamed training online is worth searching out. Three examples are provided below:
- Raising Kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - a 67 minute seminar on parenting techniques by John Hays, adoptive parent of ten children diagnosed with FASD is available on www.gophertv.umn.edu (open Channel1 "New Videos" choosing "Raising Children with FASD"). An audio version of the seminar is available in MP3 format (www.hayskids.com/goals_cd.htm) with a PDF file of Parenting Goals (www.hayskids.com/parent.pdf).
- Dysphagia Training - Indiana Southeast Outreach Services offers a five part basic training which includes handouts, assembled by a team including Jamie Bailey and Becky Smitha. (www.iidc.indiana.edu/training/DD%20Library%20Topics%20Health%20and%20Safety.htm)
- Video Conferencing Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (http://188.8.131.52) provides access to "Conferences on the Web," an archive of presentations averaging an hour in length, many of which are relevant to speech-language pathologists and audiologists. For example, the Library Grand Rounds has presentations on such topics such as "Google and Beyond: New Ways to Search the Web", "Finding Evidence-Based Answers to Clinical Questions Quickly and Effectively", and "Cultural Awareness: Resources That Can Help". The Neurology Grand Rounds has presentations on "Ethical Issues in Research Involving Human Subjects" and on "The Brain-Computer Interface," discussing its potential for assistive technology for severely involved individuals with Locked-In Syndrome or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are also shorter patient information videos on "Laryngectomy Surgery-What to Expect" and "Home Care for the Tracheostomy Patient".
Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at email@example.com. All of Kuster's Internet columns are on ASHA's Web site in HTML format with active links (www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/news.htm), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.
Kuster, JM, Freely-Available Online Educational Video Resources, ASHA Leader, August 15. 2006, p. 53.