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Teach with Moving Images

Do you like teaching with movies? Like using TV and online films for teaching? Grab some popcorn and have a seat!

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Latest Activity: Aug 6, 2019

This group is a group for people that want to share their latest teachable films. If you're in this group you should certainly be in the Foreign Films for the Classroom group. Both for film loving educators, dig?

Discussion Forum

CRITIC: Arab Culture in Hollywood

Started by Ryan Goble Aug 6, 2019.

IDEAS: Using Inaccurate Films to Understand History

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 9, 2019.

DOC: 'Roll Red Roll' on PBS

Started by Ryan Goble Jun 9, 2019.

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Comment by Johnathan Chase on August 27, 2011 at 9:04am

Norma Rae? ...


I posted another comment/link back in December regarding "It's A Wonderful Life" viewing and writing activity but that movie is more about what really matters in life and what's important...friendship, love, family, helping others

Comment by Ryan Goble on February 2, 2011 at 8:45pm
Hi Janeen - this is a great question. Unfortunately, big questions on the comment wall are not easy for folks to respond to and get buried over time.

Would you consider moving this question above in the discussion forum? When you post your ? above your "affinity group" peeps can give you feedback. Because forum ?s have URLs it will be in there for the next person with a similar ? AND I can broadcast the question to the whole Ning on crowdsource Tuesday.

Thanks for getting in the mix and please keep sharing more cool ?'s and ideas!

Comment by janeen on February 2, 2011 at 8:09pm
has anyone used avatar to discuss colonialism? if so, what did you do and how did it go?
Comment by Ryan Goble on December 18, 2010 at 10:15am
JC, Don't be shy - you can always put that up in the discusion forum so it is archived! Nice ideas!
Comment by Johnathan Chase on December 18, 2010 at 9:15am

An early holiday gift for teachers looking for a film-based extended writing activity to focus their students during the week before Christmas break...


It's a Wonderful Life

Comment by David Kleeman on October 7, 2010 at 1:23pm
Sorry for the late notice, but if you know anyone in the Bay Area who might be interested in a screening and discussion of kids TV from around the world, next Wednesday, the details are below!


Sorry for the late notice on this - please share with Bay Area folks who might be interested!


On Wednesday, October 13, Kids TV: Around the World in a Day returns to the Bay Area with an all-new lineup of delightful, intriguing, mystifying and enlightening programs from PRIX JEUNESSE 2010 – the premier international children’s television competition.

Don’t miss your chance to watch and discuss children’s TV from more than a dozen countries. The day includes Cuban sex education, Iranian folk-art animation, a Danish puppet “Carmen,” a South African girl transforming her community with her artwork while teaching her father how to be a dad, a child’s dream animation from Palestine, a preschool newscast from the U.K., a caffeinated Japanese wake-up show, and the controversial video blog of a very angry Dutch teen.

“Around the World in a Day” will be held at the Benson Memorial Center at Santa Clara University. Registration will open at 8:45, with the screening to begin at 9:30. Lunch will be provided and the program will end at 4:30.

This event is intended for professionals, educators and students working with children and media. There is no fee, but advance registration will be required and space limited.

Directions and parking information will be sent once you register.

To register, or if you have questions, send e-mail with your name, title and organization (if any), and e-mail address to Please feel free to share this information with others.

Kids TV: Around the World in a Day is presented by the American Center for Children and Media and Santa Clara University. Support is provided by the Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Communication; Justice and the Arts Initiative; Department of Education and Department of Liberal Studies.

See you on October 13!

David Kleeman
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 3, 2010 at 10:01am
Alan - thanks so much for bouncing your materials up to the forum - when we broadcast that bad boy to the whole Ning next Tuesday I'm guessing we'll get some really great / interesting responses. I'll make sure Renee sees it as well.
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 3, 2010 at 8:51am

Alan and Patrina -

I'm asking a small por favor - this is an important discussion and when it happens down on the comment wall it will get buried and lost over time.

Suzanne was super cool and bounced the discussion up above into the discussion forum (Question: Copyright issues for media use) - would you guys mind copying and pasting your comments into the reply to that discussion. I want to share this discussion with the whole NIng next crowdsource Tuesday and I'd like people to be able to easily see your comments.

Pretty Please copy and paste?

Your friendly MC POP traffic cop :)

Comment by Alan Teasley on June 3, 2010 at 7:23am

Notice that I hedged my comment with "strikes me" because I wasn't completely clear about the circumstances under which you were screening the entire film.

Prior to the Media Lab's work published in the "Code of Fair Use" document, I had used the criteria that the film (or other copyrighted work) had to be (1) legally obtained (e.g., original DVD purchased or rented, not taped from television--whole other set of criteria); (2) used for educational purposed (goal/objectives tied to legitimate course outcomes (developing critical viewing skills, not entertainment); (3) with a teacher present; (4) in a setting normally used for instruction.

Under these criteria, I could use "Whale Rider" as part of a unit in a tenth grade World Literature classroom, but not screen "The Lion King" in the school auditorium as a reward for perfect attendance. For that "entertainment" or "reward" purpose (not instructional), I would need to pay a licensing fee.

My own understanding of the issues are evolving, but the main points of Renee's work seem to me to be (1) the advice to teachers has mainly come from the copyright owners and has been fear-inducing; (2) teachers' "fair use" exemptions may be broader than previously thought; and (3) teachers have different restrictions than students do.

I agree with other commenters that "YouTube" and other such sources cloud the issue because it's harder for teachers to know whether the material has been placed there legitimately.

Another issue for high school teachers is the problem of MPAA ratings for films. Many schools ban outright the use of any R-rated films. Does that mean I can't show a clip from such a film that has none of the sex, violence or language that got the film as a whole the R? These concerns have less to do with copyright and more to do with state laws regarding pornography or school district policies on selection of instructional materials.

Thanks for opening up the dialogue.

Comment by Patrina on June 3, 2010 at 5:21am

Which part of the response did you think was "wrong"? As noted before, I consulted a lawyer about the legality of screening entire films as a part of a non profit screening and discussion group and the response was that films can not be shown in their entirety without permission of the artist. He recommended and (I've seen in classes prior) showing brief clips in class and assigning entire films for outside of class. The Code of Fair Use you posted actually does not differ from this. The key points being:

"-Did the unlicensed use “transform” the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than that of the original, or did it just repeat the work for the same intent and value as the original?
- Was the material taken appropriate in kind and amount, considering the nature of the copyrighted work and of the use?

If the answers to these two questions are “yes,” a court is likely to find a use fair. Because that is true, such a use is unlikely to be challenged in the first place."


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