Frequently Asked Questions

I'm trying to watch the videos using my school network. Why aren't they playing?
If you're trying to watch Teaching Channel videos from your school or organization's network, it's possible that your access to the videos is being blocked. Reach out to your technology department and explain that you are trying to watch videos from TeachingChannel.org. Our videos are hosted by JW Player, which may be blocked by your network's firewall. You will need to unblock or whitelist:

jwplatform.com
*.jwpsrv.com
jwpcdn.com
jwpltx.com
jwpsrv.a.ssl.fastly.net
cdn.jwplayer.com

There is a test page at http://todd.success.jwplayer.com/cdn-test.html to help diagnose which domain(s) are getting blocked on your network. In cases where a firewall is blocking the requests, we expect that clicking on the second link (that appears under the player when the error message appears) will take you to a page loaded by your network's firewall, usually requiring authentication to proceed.

General Questions

What is Teaching Channel?
We are a website and a company that highlights inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools.

Does it cost anything to be a member of Teaching Channel?
No. Any teacher can access our library of videos free of charge.

What is a featured teacher and how do I become one?
A featured teacher is someone who has a video on our site in which he or she teaches a specific subject or topic to students. To be considered for filming, email us your lesson idea, lesson plan and a few photos of your class to info@teachingchannel.com.

How does Teaching Channel choose what to film?
We are always looking for effective, replicable and inspiring teaching. We respond to recommendations from our Education Advisor Team, our specialist advisors and you.

How do I know the video I'm watching is aligned with the Common Core State Standards?
Videos labeled "Lesson Idea Common Core" are Common Core aligned. If you click on a Common Core video, under the title and description, you can see the standards aligned with that lesson. Once you click play, you will see the Common Core standard displayed above the video and below the Series title.  Simply "mouse over" the standard abbreviation and a window will open with information about the standard. If you have questions or suggestions about the alignment of a particular lesson, please email us at info@teachingchannel.com.

If you don't have videos in my area of interest, may I suggest topics for more videos?
We are always looking for suggestions and guidance for what you would like to see on our site. Please email your suggestions to info@teachingchannel.com. If we do not have a video you're searching for, we recommend visiting www.lessonplanet.com.

Can I get a transcript in a different language?
Not at this time.

How do I submit a blog post idea to the Tchers' Voice blog?
We welcome pitches from educators — whether you're a classroom teacher, on special assignment, an instructional coach, an administrator, or serving in a non-traditional or hybrid role in the field. For more information, read our submission guidelines and process here.

Has Teaching Channel won any awards or otherwise been recognized?
Yes! We are proud to say that Teaching Channel has won a number of awards and been recognized for its website design and overall innovative practices. For a complete list, please see our Media page.

Why did Teaching Channel decide to become a for-profit company?

The decision, made by the Teaching Channel board, was made in the interest of long-term sustainability of the Teaching Channel mission. After considerable study and discussion, the Board decided that being a for-profit entity would provide the organization with more and greater resources to pursue its goals of supporting teachers and teacher professional learning.

What does this change mean for the organization’s mission?
The mission is unchanged, however our ambitions for achieving it have grown. Teaching Channel will continue to maintain its mission to provide high-quality learning experiences for all teachers in order to improve student achievement, particularly taking advantage of the power of video. We will, in other words, continue to open classroom doors and make it possible for teachers to share and experience best practices from around the country.

What does this change mean for currently registered members on our website?
No change. Registered users will not notice anything different. Any teacher can still become a member of Teaching Channel free of charge.

What does this change mean for access to the website’s content?
No change. Teaching Channel will continue to provide access to its current library under its same terms of service, offering the best-in-class videos free of charge to individual teachers for non-commercial purposes.

How will this change affect Teaching Channel Plus?
No change. Tch Plus will continue as the premiere online professional learning platform that supports teachers in improving their practice.

Site Use Questions

How do I register for or log in to Teaching Channel?
On the upper-right side of the page, click "Login" then "Create New Account", fill out your information, complete the Captcha and click "Create New Account". If you are a returning user, just click "Login", enter your email address and password, and click "Log In".

How can I access my account if I forget my password?
From the Login page, click Request New Password. You will receive instructions by email on how to reset your password within a few minutes.  If you do not receive the email, please check your Spam folder.

How can I edit my profile?
To edit your profile, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Teaching Channel account. 
  2. Navigate to your My Homepage by clicking on the dropdown that appears when you click on your avatar in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Click the pencil icon that appears on your avatar on the left side of the page to go to your Profile.
  4. Fill out the fields. 
  5. To add your photo, click "Choose File" under Profile Image, select the image from your device, and click "Upload".
  6. To edit the photo, click the "Crop (Cropped)" button beneath the thumbnail of your photo.
  7. When the editing window opens, drag the corners of the dotted box to resize the selection of the photo you wish to show, and/or drag the entire dotted box to highlight the portion of the photo you wish to show. 
  8. Once you've got the portion of your photo you wish to show selected, click the Save button on the bottom of the screen.  
  9. When the window closes, scroll to the bottom of your Profile page, and click the "Save Changes" button.

How do I change my email address?

Go to Settings by clicking the gear icon on your avatar on your My Homepage, and you will see an area to input your email address. Simply type in the email address you wish to use, and click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the screen.

How can I change my profile picture?
To change your profile picture, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Teaching Channel account. 
  2. Navigate to your My Homepage by clicking on the dropdown that appears when you click on your avatar in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Click the pencil icon that appears on your avatar on the left side of the page to go to your Profile.
  4. To add or update your photo, click "Choose File" under Profile Image, select the image from your device, and click "Upload".
  5. To edit the photo, click the "Crop (Cropped)" button beneath the thumbnail of your photo.
  6. When the editing window opens, drag the corners of the dotted box to resize the selection of the photo you wish to show, and/or drag the entire dotted box to highlight the portion of the photo you wish to show. 
  7. Once you've got the portion of your photo you wish to show selected, click the Save button on the bottom of the screen.  
  8. When the window closes, scroll to the bottom of your Profile page, and click the "Save Changes" button.

How do I search for videos?
There are two ways to search for videos:

  • Navigate to the Videos page, enter your search terms in the field and click "Submit".  You can also use the Topics, Subject and Grade filters to refine your results. 
  • Click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the page, enter your search terms in the box and hit Return or Enter.

How can I post a comment on a video?
To post a comment on a video, simply log in and scroll below the video to where you see "Discussion". Type your thoughts into the text field, and click "Submit".

How do I take Notes on a video? 

You must be logged in to use this feature. Once you've decided to take notes on a particular video, click the ... menu in the upper right corner just above the video, then click "Save to My Resources."  Here, you'll have the opportunity to schedule an email reminder to use this video at a later date, or you can click "Save Without Scheduling."  Navigate to your My Resources page, and click on the video.  Play the video and click "Add Note" in the upper right of the video interface to begin taking timestamped notes.  A text box will open below the video where you can type your thoughts while you watch.  Click "Save" to save each note.  To add more notes, click on the "Add Notes" button.  All of the notes you have taken on the video will be accessible each time you open the video in your My Resources, and your notes are exportable from your My Notes page. 

How does My Notes work?

You must be logged in to use this feature.  All timestamped notes you have taken on videos in your My Resources are available in an exportable format on your My Notes page. To review the notes in context with the video on which they were taken, click on the title.  To export your notes, click "Download".

How can I share Teaching Channel videos with friends, colleagues or others?
To share a Teaching Channel video, click on the ... menu just above and to the right of the video you'd like to share.  Click "Share Social Media" from the dropdown, then click on whichever social media source you want to use or just send via email. You will have an option to review and add a comment prior to sending or posting to social media. 

How can I propose my lesson idea and become a potential featured teacher?
To be considered for filming, email us your lesson idea, lesson plan and a few photos of your class to info@teachingchannel.org.

How can I get alerts on videos that I want to see?
Go to Settings by clicking the gear icon on your avatar on your My Homepage. Check the box next to "Notify me when there is new video that matches my interests" which corresponds to the interests you've marked under "Interests" on your Profile.

How do I sign up for the Tch Newsletter?
Enter your email address in the Newsletter Sign Up box located on the left side of the footer on any page, and click "Subscribe".  Alternatively, you can log in, navigate to Settings by clicking the gear icon on your avatar on your My Homepage, then check the box next to The Tch Weekly Newsletter, and click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page. 

How do I find Teaching Channel's blog?

Click here to find our blog Tchers' Voice. Tchers' Voice focuses on several topics including classroom experiences, practical and tactical information for teachers, and ongoing updates about the development of Teaching Channel. The blog is designed to keep our Tch community informed and to provide an open dialogue with our members.

What are Scheduled Resources?
Formerly, the Tch Lesson Planner, scheduling a resource allows you to save a video in a special folder on your My Resources page and schedule an email reminder to be sent to you look at that video again at a later date.  This is a great way to remind yourself in April about that great video you watched in October.  Any videos you save to your My Resources for later viewing or note taking can be placed into the Scheduled Resources folder by dragging and dropping. You must be logged in to use this feature.

Technical Questions

How can I report a problem or error on the website?
Please let us know if you experience any problems or errors on our website by clicking on the yellow "Help?" button, located on the bottom right side of every page, and let us know the problem you're experiencing. It's helpful if you include your operating system, browser, browser version, any error messages and screenshots, if available.

Why does the video stop and start continuously when I press play?
This can happen if you are in an area where internet service is spotty. Unfortunately, it is beyond our control.

I'm trying to watch the videos using my school network. Why aren't they playing?
If you're trying to watch Teaching Channel videos from your school or organization's network, it's possible that your access to the videos is being blocked. Reach out to your technology department and explain that you are trying to watch videos from TeachingChannel.org. Our videos are hosted by JW Player, which may be blocked by your network's firewall or content filter. You will need to unblock or whitelist:

jwplatform.com
*.jwpsrv.com
jwpcdn.com
jwpltx.com
jwpsrv.a.ssl.fastly.net
cdn.jwplayer.com

There is a test page at http://todd.success.jwplayer.com/cdn-test.html to help diagnose which domain(s) are getting blocked on your network. In cases where a firewall is blocking the requests, we expect that clicking on the second link (that appears under the player when the error message appears) will take you to a page loaded by your network's firewall, usually requiring authentication to proceed.

What are the recommended software requirements for using Teaching Channel's website?
While we have designed Teaching Channel to work across a variety of browsers and operating systems, in general, we recommend using one the following combinations of operating systems and web browsers:

  • Windows:  Windows 8 or Windows 10 along with either: 1) the latest version of Microsoft Edge; 2) the latest version of Google Chrome; or 3) the latest version of Mozilla Firefox
  • MacOS: OSX (High Sierra or Mojave) along with either: 1) the latest version of Apple Safari; 2) the latest version of Google Chrome; or 3) the latest version of Mozilla Firefox
  • iOS (for iPhone, iPad): iOS version 12 along with either: 1) the latest version of Apple Safari; or 2) the latest version of Google Chrome
  • For all other operating systems, including Android and Linux, we recommend using the latest version of the OS along with the latest version of Google Chrome, where available.

In all cases, we recommend installing the latest version of Adobe Flash. If you are using other combinations of operating systems and browsers and/or older versions of software, you may encounter occasional bugs or irregularities.

If you need further assistance, please send a support ticket to us by clicking the yellow "Help?" button located on the bottom right side of every page.

Legal

What is your privacy policy?
At Teaching Channel, we take your privacy very seriously and want to ensure your safety and satisfaction. For more information, please visit our Privacy Policy page at www.teachingchannel.org/privacy.

How does Teaching Channel protect the privacy of students in a video?
We never film any student without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Is my email address safe?
Yes. Your email is for official use only. We will not sell your information to any outside source or vendor.