Teaching Tools

Teaching Tools: For Teaching Artists

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.
Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Preparation

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Preparation

In preparation for your media arts lesson, you may want to engage the class in a group discussion. This will allow you to focus students’ attention on the task at hand and to make sure that the...

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Making

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Making

A production-based activity within a media arts lesson is the most obvious component and will typically take up the bulk of a lesson’s allotted time. It is often the part that students are most...

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Reflection

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Reflection

In many ways, reflection in a media arts lesson is no different than reflection in a Language Arts or mathematics lesson—it’s a chance for students to self-assess by thinking about their ...

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Pre-Production

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Pre-Production

Pre-Production is the process by which students (and professional filmmakers) plan their film project. It can be one of the most creative moments in the filmmaking process because it is when the idea...

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Production

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Production

The key to a successful production is paying thorough attention to the pre-production process. Educators and students alike should enter the production phase with a clearly conceived project and plan...

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Post-Production

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Post-Production

Post-production is the process by which raw footage becomes a film. Some students like post-production and others hate it, but all of them will benefit from learning about the meticulous process of c...

Chroma Key/Green Screen Tutorial

Chroma Key/Green Screen Tutorial

Chroma keying is a special effects/post-production technique for layering two images or video streams together based on color hues. Mainly used in newscasting, chroma key is also used in the motion p...

Foley Tutorial

Foley Tutorial

Foley is the art of creating realistic ambient sounds in post-production by creatively using a wealth of materials to enhance the quality of audio for films, television, video, video games, and radio...

Shot Types and Camera Movements Tutorial

Shot Types and Camera Movements Tutorial

Common techniques of cinematography, such as choice of shot type and camera movement, can greatly influence the audience’s interpretation and appreciation of a film. Variance in size and type o...

Stop Motion Animation Tutorials

Stop Motion Animation Tutorials

Stop motion animation is a technique used to make physically manipulated objects appear to move on their own. Because the object is moved incrementally between individually photographed frames, an il...

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