• Testing Gliders

    This video clip describes how Otto Lilienthal tested gliders.

  • Insects Found in Fast Moving Water

    Open Water Environments: Adaptations for planktonic life are observed in Daphnia and other cladocerans, copepods, rotifers, and planktonic algae. Bottom Environment: Explores bacterial decomposition, recycling of materials, adaptations for bottom life, a ...

  • Map: Cuba, Puerto Rico

    Using dramatic simulations and actual footage, more than a century old, this program re-creates the 1898 conflict that made the United States a world power. The Spanish-American War brought the United States an easy victory, several overseas possessions, ...

  • "Hansel and Gretel"

    After helping to write a rough draft that needs a lot of improvement, Bryan reads some other plays and a book about scriptwriting at the library.

  • Portrait: John Tyler

    As the westward movement and Manifest Destiny gained momentum, controversies about slavery, border disputes, and territorial rights were reflected in presidential conflicts. These presidents all had relatively short, unmemorable terms of office, perhaps b ...

  • George Washington Carver

    George Wolfe describes some of George Washington Carver's major accomplishments and shows us some of the many things Carver made out of peanuts.

  • The Atomic Bomb

    Faced with the choice of using the atomic bomb to end the war, or risk the lives of countless Allied troops in a land invasion of Japan. The atomic bomb was dropped, first on Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki, before the Japanese Emperor surrendered.

  • A Japanese Temple

    Ten-year-old Shuntsuke lives in Kyoto. Breakfast starts the day with broth, rice, fish and dried seaweed. Later, he shops in a huge market with his mother for the family sushi dinner of rice, vegetables and fish. Everyone sits on the floor round the table ...

  • Thomas Jefferson - UVA

    A visit to the University of Virginia explains how he founded the school with its traditions and history.

  • Hubble Space Telescope

    Traces the way we have penetrated the vast distances of outer space, starting with the naked eye and progressing from the early telescopes of the 17th century to radio telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope, satellite imagery and computer modeling and sim ...

  • Persecution of Christians

    As Rome moved from a republic to an empire, power struggles and infighting kept it in an almost perpetual state of chaos. Julius Caesar was able to seize power, but his assassination fueled a fight for succession, which continued even after Emperor August ...

  • Spanish Story: Family Members

    Perro Pepe tells Angel the names of his nine brothers and sisters, and Angel tells Pepe about his own family.

  • Introduction

    This introductory segment shows students several numbers. Students are asked, "What do these numbers mean to you?"

  • Dressing For A Fire

    A firefighter named Kevin explains that he often assists in medical emergencies in addition to putting out fires. At the station, he puts on his fire gear, explaining the purpose of each piece of clothing and the fire station routines that have been devel ...

  • The Sun's Energy

    The Sun affects things in and around the house. Shadows move and flower heads turn to follow the Sun as its energy stimulates plant growth. A graphic helps to explain how the movement of the Earth and Sun define the days and years.

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The Agency for Instructional Technology has been a leader in educational technology since 1962. A nonprofit organization, AIT is one of the largest providers of instructional TV programs in North America. AIT is also a leading developer of other educational media. AIT’s products are based on sound instructional design. Classroom practitioners are closely involved in the development of every resource.


Ambrose Video Publishing is a producer of distinctive television programs that are academically relevant and specifically designed to serve the educational and informational needs of students, ages 12 to 20. These highly acclaimed programs also have wide appeal for general audiences interested in American History, Ancient World Cultures, Minority Achievements, Global Science and American Literature.

Biomedia Associates

BioMedia Associates is a group of biologists, teachers, educational designers and film-makers who collaborate to make learning programs for biology. Topics cover the biology curriculum with particular emphasis on cell biology, evolution, micro-organisms, the early history of life, and the major groups of living things.


ITS has been serving the educational media market since 1979. Exceptional educational programming of approximately 1000 titles, acquired or produced by ITS include series and single programs at the K-12, in- service and college credit levels. Programming ranges from individual supplemental programs to mini-series to complete courses as well as single concept segments designed for streaming.

New Dimension Media

New Dimension Media
Founded in 1978, New Dimension Media, a division of Questar, Inc., is the premier producer and distributor of original core curriculum media content created for K-12 classrooms. NDM programs have won over 100 of the industry's most prestigious honors, including the CINE Golden Eagle and the Golden Apple. NDM content is used in over 100,000 schools around the country.

About The Source for Learning

The Source for Learning is a not-for-profit company with a thirty-year history of providing educational content to teachers, students, and families. Today, SFL offers teachers, students, and parents the web's best collection of learning resources. Our web sites include TeachersFirst.com, PreschoolFirst.com, GrowUpLearning,com, and TeachersAndFamilies.com.

Compiled and reviewed by education professionals, SFL's resources cover countless subjects and support diverse learning styles. Together, they enhance education at every level. The content in the Source for Learning's web sites has become a "must have" asset in early learning settings, K-12 classrooms, and homes in the U.S. and more than 50 countries.