According to a recent survey, 71 percent of educators agree that feature, foreign and documentary films are an important resource to support and expand learning in the classroom, but a challenge of accessing these films is surfacing.
More than half of schools and districts are replacing DVD players and restricting or blocking access to personal streaming site use in class. Without the use of film in and out of the classroom, students are missing an opportunity to build critical thinking skills and make deeper connections to classroom materials.
Video use inside and outside the classroom should be more than just a reward for students. Film can be used to promote media literacy in students by helping them identify core elements like the who, what, and where of the film, then use that understanding to deduce the how and the why of a storyline. This type of critical thinking engages students to venture further into the material and make personal connections.
Film is also a pathway for students to deepen their understanding of different cultures, events and lifestyles. Because film can be more emotionally engaging, it is a way for students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and view the world from a different perspective. Every student has a different learning style, whether it is written, verbal, social or visual, and by incorporating the use of film, educators are creating more ways for their students to learn.
By providing students with a combination of the flipped classroom learning model and the incorporation of film within that model, educators will enable students to be more engaged they will be more engaged with material and therefore more focused. Students will be able to make connections to outside topics and discuss it with both their peers and families, allowing them to have a complete learning experience and overall be more successful in and out of the classroom.
But with more restrictions on streaming services being enforced in school districts, students are missing out on the valuable skills film can provide in the classroom.
Administrators’ first priority is to keep students safe and protected, which can be difficult to do with some internet-capable services that may allow harmful or explicit content to be viewed. However, there are platforms that provide a safe streaming experience for students in and out of the classroom. These types of trusted platforms ensure educators have a safe and legal way to watch films in the classroom and assign them for at-home viewing making sure all students are able to participate and boost student success.
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