Do you have any resources to support a discussion on the tools and language of filmmaking?
Many of our lesson plans across guides feature a glossary of terms and handouts relevant for specific assignments. Broadening your classroom discussions? Download the full Journeys in Film glossary for your classroom.
Can I legally screen complete feature films in my classroom?
Yes! The American Library Association has completed extensive research on media permissions for educators and provides an excellent summary of your rights.
“For once, the Copyright Act actually provides a straightforward answer: the Act contains a specific exception for the performance of works such as films in the classroom. If librarians and instructors take advantage of existing law, they can engage in a range of classroom-based video and film performance activities (e.g,. the showing of a film) without having to secure any additional license or permissions. 17 U.S.C. § 110(1) permits “the performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction….” It applies to showing of entire films, and also to those that involve less extensive clips from one or several sources.” Learn more about the TEACH Act and fair use privileges.
We consider school librarians, community media scholars and archivist professionals to be essential team members in integrating media into the classroom. Educators across subjects can consider collaborating with their school media professionals to prepare their classroom for film engagement.
My school administrators don’t yet understand the benefits of using film in the classroom to teach core subjects. What should I say?
Our recent feature in Teaching Tolerance might be a great resource to begin the dialogue. Film opens the door to innovation by allowing educators to address core standards across academic subjects while engaging vital conversations on inclusion across cultures. Your school climate may also benefit from additional training to see media and storytelling as a tool to educate the most visually literate generation in history.
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