Teaching Tools

Teaching Tools: For Filmmakers

The Teaching Tools section of this site contains a comprehensive professional development guide to assist educators, teaching artists and filmmakers in developing media arts lessons and film viewing curricula. The guide is broken into a series of articles or "tools" for creating successful curricula, including standards and grade level alignment, assessment strategies, planning and development, sample curricula and technical tutorials to review the basics of production and editing. You might follow the guide from start to finish, or select and bookmark articles and sections of particular relevance. 

The FilmEd. For Filmmakers section contains resources for filmmakers interested in screening their films in an educational context. 

You may download a pdf version of this guide in the Lesson Library.
An Overview of Educational Outreach

An Overview of Educational Outreach

An educational outreach campaign aims to engage students and educators with the core issues and subjects that a film addresses. Educational outreach can be as simple as creating a flyer that college g...

Planning an Educational Outreach Strategy

Planning an Educational Outreach Strategy

There are many ways to contextualize a film in the educational landscape, and each project calls for a slightly different approach. It is important to identify goals and objectives for your educationa...

Understanding the Educational Marketplace

Understanding the Educational Marketplace

As more classrooms move into the 21st century, trading old VCRs for networked iPads, a growing number of film distributors are building roads into the educational market. The specifics of an educatio...

Developing Curricula

Developing Curricula

Many filmmakers underestimate the impact that their films can have on student learning. Film may provide an emotional and personal context for the study of history, civics, and current events, and it...

What is Grade Appropriate?

What is Grade Appropriate?

How do you determine whether your film is appropriate for an educational audience?  Young people are exposed to a variety of media in their lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. They w...

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