in the Classroom

How educators are making the most of IEEE’s videos

7 February 2014

Are you a teacher looking for videos that explain in simple language technical topics like bioengineering, robotics, or space exploration? If so, then consider checking the more than 1000 videos in the library.

With about 25 percent of IEEE members working in academia, was designed with schools and teachers in mind, says Mark David, manager of member products in the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities area, in Piscataway, N.J.

“Teachers from all corners of the world are showing videos in their classrooms and schools,” says David.

A middle school in Brush Prairie, Wash., for example, showed Feeding the Machine: The World’s Most Sophisticated Artificial Stomach to four seventh-grade science classes studying the digestive system. To coincide with lessons on wind energy, a community college in Mattoon, Ill., played Winds of Change, a program about transforming wind into energy. In Seoul, South Korea, students recently watched What Is the Internet of Things? and in Gandhinagar, India, students viewed A Smart Grid for Intelligent Energy Use.

Or perhaps you’re a career counselor who wants to show students what they can do with an engineering degree. Dozens of videos on deal with career guidance.

The videos are all tagged by subject, making it easy to find related programs for any curriculum, no matter how unusual. By logging in as an IEEE member, you can download the videos in high resolution to a CD or flash drive. This allows them to be shown on a large screen without the interruptions that can be caused by streaming. A written transcript of many of the programs can also be downloaded to be passed out to students. 


Recently, started to publicize the many ways IEEE members working in academia are using the videos in what it calls the “Professor’s Corner,” found in the IEEE Member Benefit Bulletin. “We want teachers to share how they are integrating in their curricula,” David says.

IEEE Senior Member Leon Tabak, a professor of computer science at Cornell College, in Mount Vernon, Iowa, used an video from the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony of the 2013 IEEE Founders Medal recipient and Cornell alumnus Leo Beranek. To celebrate the acoustic pioneer’s 99th birthday, the video was played at the campus library alongside a display of Beranek’s achievements. This included his work in acoustics and his accomplishments as cofounder of BBN Technologies, a research and services company focused on speech recognition and security, in Cambridge, Mass.

The IEEE student branch at Rama Estudiantil Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, in Panama City, got its school to play videos with Spanish captioning on nearly 20 television sets around campus to educate students on emerging technologies. In fact, has a selection of videos with multilingual captioning.


This year the IEEE Computer and Robotics and Automation societies will add several hundred videos to, making the platform a one-stop destination for all videos from IEEE.

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