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Observation videos

  • 1.  Observation videos

    Posted 09-22-2020 05:16 PM
    Hello!   I teach Early Childhood Education in a high school setting.  I am looking for some great videos I can show to my students to give them some opportunity to observe preschoolers and preschool settings.   With the current Covid situation many of the places where my students have gone to do observations are not allowing them to come and observe.   So I am looking for other ways to have them have some observation experience in preschool classrooms.

    Cheryl Williams
    Magic Moments Preschool
    Pleasant Grv UT

  • 2.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 03:02 AM
    I have been compiling sources of videos (and many other resources for higher education). I have pasted the sources of videos that I copied from the document. Some of these won't be what you are looking for, but hopefully you can find a lot of things that are.


    Here is the template course that links out to Canvas shells developed by ASCCC OERI that features a video library for the CAP 8 courses. This Canvas course and a course for each individual CAP 8 course are also uploaded into Canvas Commons. Search for ASCCC and they should come up. 

    ACCESS sent out 

    ACCESS's Think Tank's Video List (around 160 videos, a few are not captioned)

    The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University added an additional 100 clips to their library (not all are captioned).

    As long as they are used behind something password protected, your faculty can use these videos from Glendale Community College.

    Colorado's Department of Education Results Matter Video Library (not all are captioned)

    Head Start's Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation 

    Engaging interactions and environments From Head Start (in service suites):

    Video playlist of classroom strategies (from Head Start)

    CDE's Promoting Well-Being in a High Quality Early Learning Environment (panorama of classroom, many images and resources about different aspects of high quality environments)

    Illinois Early Learning Project has a video library, resources on Project Approach and other topics.

    Temporary Access to Early EdU's Media Library (follow the instructions on the linked page) 

    New videos added in April:

    • 12 Observation-length videos, 5, 10, 15, and 20 minutes in length (Search observation practice video in the Special Collections facet category)
    • 33 Dual Language Strategy and/or Spanish Language videos (with captions in Somali, Spanish, and English)
    • 34 Short video clips from Circle Time MagazineTM, Season 2: Positive Behavior Support
    • 3 Videos related to specific curriculum studies (with captions in Somali, Spanish, and English)
    • 68 Inclusion videos produced by Head Start Center for Inclusion
    • 24 ELO Two-Minute Tips

    Early Childhood Education and Training Program's video library

    Demonstration of Pyramid Model Practices: A Typical Day in a Toddler Classroom (1:04 video of a toddler classroom - at the beginning of the video there is a great table of contents to navigate to specific parts of the day)

    Demonstration of Pyramid Model Practices: A Typical Day in a Preschool Classroom  (1:24 video of preschool classroom - at the beginning of the video there is a great table of contents to navigate to specific parts of the day)

    ECTA Center's A Home Visit with Zander's Family (video of a PT visit)

    Desired Results Access Project video library

    PNC Grow Up Great's Training Videos & Instructional Techniques

    Ready Rosie's Healthy at Home Toolkit (videos of parents and children)

    YouTube channels:

    Child Care Exchange's From Surviving to Thriving: Creating a Way Forward in Challenging Times free video series

    Resources that must be paid for and may or may not have student access included:

    Videos that have been shared but do not appear to be 508 compliant (missing captions)

    Virtual Tours, Simulations, and More Comprehensive Content

    Website with comprehensive collection of resources for ECE courses: ECE Faculty Collective

    Resources shared by Laura Paciorek with permission for the MiraCosta Child Development Center

    WestEd's Doing What Matters Library

    The IRIS Center: Iris Resource Locator (not all resources are 508 compliant/accessible)

    Module on Behavior Management

    Module on Early Childhood Environments

    Content and videos from Head Start on Environmental Design

    Virtual Lab School (professional development courses with content, images and videos)

    North Carolina's Division for Early Childhood's Early Childhood Recommended Practices Modules (includes modules on Interaction, Transition, Environment, Teaming and Collaboration, Family, Instruction, Assessment)

    Resources from Teachstone (You will need to create an account to access these free resources., if you do not have one already. Once you do, enter this product key for access:  5LMQ6ZQV23FNM56S) 

    A Quality Counts Family Engagement Modules (requires enrollment)

    CSU CI Dual Language Learner Project Resources Website

    Boulder Journey School (website has content, including videos - not all are captioned, and documentation and family engagement)

    EarlyEduU's Coaching Companion

    Jennifer Paris
    College of the Canyons
    Santa Clarita CA

  • 3.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 03:10 AM
    Wow Jennifer, thank you for sharing these resources.

    Monique Rico
    Coastline ROP
    Fountain Valley CA

  • 4.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 03:37 AM
    I am glad to find more people for whom the information might be useful.

    In case it is useful, the live Google Doc they came from is at


    Jennifer Paris
    College of the Canyons
    Santa Clarita, CA

  • 5.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-25-2020 09:43 AM
    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

    Carla Turner
    Assessor and Traing Specialist
    McCormick Center
    Oak Lawn IL

  • 6.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-26-2020 08:09 AM
    This is helpful for so many things.
    Thank you very much

    Gabriel Guyton
    VP of Child and Family Services
    Verner Center for Early Learning
    Asheville NC

  • 7.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 10-01-2020 06:21 AM
    Wonderful resources, thanks so much for sharing.
    I also use the amazing videos from Eastern Connecticut State University, Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE):

    Anne Ryan
    Department Chair
    Early Childhood Education
    St Petersburg College
    St Petersburg, FL

    Anne Ryan
    Academic Department Chair
    St Petersburg College
    Safety Harbor FL

  • 8.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 03:03 AM
    I saved this a while ago for the same reason. Hope this helps.

    Monique Rico
    Coastline ROP
    Fountain Valley CA

  • 9.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 10:10 AM
    This resource is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Meg Gravil
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Louisville
    Lexington KY

  • 10.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 02:27 PM
    Thank to all of you for your responses and suggestions.  They were all very helpful!  I love this NAEYC community.  Always so willing to help others out.

    Cheryl Williams
    Magic Moments Preschool/PGHS
    Pleasant Grv UT

  • 11.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 06:28 AM

    Read Right from the Start is an online training program for teachers of children from birth to eight years of age. This research-based professional development program contains interactive, video-based coursework, which is focused on practical strategies teachers can use to promote young children's language and literacy.

    Create an account using the link below and your students can watch interactive videos and so much more. Please let me know what you think about this resource.

    Shucrea Victor-Cameron
    Owner/Early Childhood Education Consultant
    Intentional Teaching Consulting Services, LLC
    Margate FL

  • 12.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 08:25 AM has some great videos. Honestly, you can look on youtube and find them too

    Pamela McCullough
    Holland PA

  • 13.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 08:33 AM
    Cheryl, the Results Matter Video Library from the Colorado Department of Education is another great resource (sorry if this is a duplicate from what someone else already suggested). These are produced specifically for professional development, and there are a LOT of them to choose from.

    Christina Thompson
    Education Specialist
    Shine Indiana SPARK Learning Lab
    Indianapolis IN

  • 14.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-27-2020 10:15 PM
    Thank you all for sharing these wonderful resources. I am new in the ECE field and still in school.

    Eloina Acebedo Lopez
    Sacramento CA

  • 15.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 08:57 AM
    I have used YouTube videos that have been uploaded as practice observations. Just be sure and watch the entire video before you  recommend it! Also, there are some great Head Start Videos out there too. Basically, you can find anything you need!

    Alesa Lambert
    MAT, ECSE Teacher
    Malvern AR

  • 16.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 09:11 AM
    Have you thought about reaching out to local preschools or childcares to see if they might be willing to do virtual observations?  I work with childcares in my community, and many are willing to allow us to observe within the classroom via video.  As long as it is not recording the content, it is considered the same as in-person observation for us!  This might be a good option to give the students the reality of a classroom, rather than edited videos.

    Tricia Streharsky
    Inclusion Specialist
    Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities
    Stow OH

  • 17.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-24-2020 09:46 AM
    Results Matters has a video library for the purposes of practicing observation:

    Eastern Connecticut University also has a video library:

    I frequently utilize the Video and resource library through the Early EdU Alliance.  However, it does require creating a membership:

    Emily Reilly
    Assistant Project Director
    Illinois STAR NET Regions I and III
    DeKalb, IL

  • 18.  RE: Observation videos

    Posted 09-26-2020 10:47 AM
    Look at the Harvard University Project Zero site.

    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ