Using Digital Video in the Classroom

Digital video can be used in the classroom to illustrate concepts that are difficult to grasp without seeing.  The ability to use digital video allows teachers to update content continually to show the most recent information about a topic.

It is important to remember that digital video is almost always copyrighted.  Applying fair use may make it possible to use copyrighted digital video under some conditions.  The resources below can help teachers understand their rights and responsibilities in using digital video for teaching and learning.

  • Cable in the Classroom Online 
    This site provides teacher lesson plans, monthly cable programming schedules, other links to online video and web site content. This is a great resource for teachers and students.
  • Distance Education and the Teach Act 
    The American Library Association provides this guide to understanding how fair use is applied to distance education.
  • Using Movies and Video Clips in the Classroom 
    Written by prominent copyright attorneys, this is a short guide for teachers on the use of movies and video for teaching and learning within the classroom.

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