The PBS television series American Experience is a fantastic resource for US History teachers. Over the years more than 200 American Experience films have been aired and are available for viewing on DVD. Recently, I discovered that 25 of the films are available for free viewing on the PBS website.
Today three of my students and I watched a video about Buffalo Bill on the PBS website. The students’ only complaint was that the video is broken up into chapters and doesn’t play as a continuous stream. I liked that closed captioned is an option on all of the videos.
If you’re in a school district that blocks a lot of video websites, try the American Experience video page. I would be surprised if a school blocked PBS.
Applications for Education
American Experience is a great resource for US History teachers. Teachers looking for lesson plans to complement the videos should explore the lesson plans available through PBS.