Advice from Master Teachers
Our master teachers have compiled a list of ideas and tips that
should help you troubleshoot and plan ahead as you prepare your
own video-based lessons.
1. Start small! Don't try to accomplish too much right away. It's
better to use one or two videos very effectively in a semester or
a year than to try to use videos all the time when you begin. As
you learn, add to your repertoire.
2. Expect problems. You're bound to run into technical difficulty.
Always test equipment ahead of time, and for those times when it
fails, be sure to have a back-up plan.
Off-Air and Duplication Rights Issues
You'll probably be using two kinds of PBS video: instructional
programming and prime-time programming. Instructional Television
(ITV) includes programming produced by public television to support
a specific curriculum. Virtually all ITV is produced explicitly
for the classroom, so teachers rarely have to deal with off-air
and duplication rights issues.
If you do show broadcast or cable programming, you'll need to look
into these issues. For an overview of off-air record and duplication
rights for ITV programming, go to wNetSchool's Instructional
Television Schedule. Each ITV program in Thirteen's searchable
ITV Broadcast Schedule, and its hard copy version, The ITV Resources
Guide, contains rights information.
You'll find information on off-air and duplication rights for cable
programming at the "Cable in
the Classroom" (CIC) Web site, or at the Web site of each cable
network. Cable networks participating in CIC often waive some rights
to offer a certain portion of their programming to teachers for