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Netflix as an educational tool

Netflix as an Educational Tool

By: Carolyn Barone and Pete Sutton


  • Netflix is a Web 2.0 tool that can be used to stream videos, movies, documentaries, television shows, etc. over the internet.

  • Netflix is the leading online subscription service streaming movies & TV episodes over the Internet

  • Netflix can be played through gaming systems such as the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and XBOX 360.

  • It can also be played through mobile devices, or on any computer.

  • Netflix offers a 1-month free trial, and after that it is only $7.99 per month.

Educational implication
Educational Implication

  • Netflix can be extremely beneficial to teachers, students, and parents.

  • Netflix has a very broad Documentaries section, as well as many educational television shows such as Myth busters and How It’s Made.

  • It if very simple to fast-forward, or go immediately to a certain clip in any documentary or educational television show, so students and teachers can use clips in their projects or lectures.

  • It is also sometimes beneficial to show entire documentaries in a classroom when teaching certain topics.

  • Netflix has a wide variety of educational documentaries on many different topics.

  • Just to name a few: history of Guantanamo Bay, the sleeping brain, the science of babies, how the universe works, the story of America, and many more.

Step 1 sign up
Step 1: Sign Up

  • You can sign up for netflix by going to

  • There is a section that offers the one month free trial, and that is how you sign up.

  • After one month, Netflix will start to charge the monthly fee, unless you opt out.

Step 2 select favorites
Step 2: Select Favorites

  • Netflix gives you the option to select the types of movies/television shows that you like.

  • For educational purposes, you can select documentaries.

  • You will still be able to see/search for every video that is on Netflix, this just helps Netflix decide what to show in your feed.

Step 3 watch on other devices
Step 3: Watch on Other Devices

  • To get Netflix on your Wii, Playstation, XBOX, or mobile device, simply download the Netflix app

  • Once downloaded, you can enter the same username and password used when you signed up

  • You can download your Netflix account on up to 8 different devices, and can watch on up to 3 at a time.

Step 4 browse selections
Step 4: Browse Selections

  • You can simply scroll threw all of the selections, or use the search bar.

  • Enjoy thousands of movies, television shows, documentaries, and more instantly!


  • Netflix can be streamed through gaming systems, and to cellular devices.

  • Netflix also offers even more selections that can be mailed to you, with no late fees.

  • Although there is an extra charge to have mailings, the benefit is that the selection is almost doubled.

  • It would be very beneficial for a school district to have this extra capability.

  • Netflix can also be used to take clips and use them in presentations.

Class activity
Class Activity

  • Go to

  • Sign up for 1 month free trial or just browse

  • Find a documentary or film that could be used in your future classroom!