IIABB - Use of Feature Film/Video in a School**
Videos and films are an effective teaching tool and valuable supplement to curricular materials in the classroom. The aural and visual qualities of the video medium has a strong appeal to young people and helps teachers accommodate a variety of student learning styles. Respect for the intellectual freedom of teachers must be balanced with a concern for the developmental needs of students and parental preferences for their children.
Teachers may take advantage of “fair use” copyright guidelines to show commercial feature films and selected off-air television programs relevant to a specific curricular area for instructional purposes. Generally, federal law prohibits the use of commercially produced videos for entertainment in the classroom. However, even videos labeled “for home use only” may be used in schools (in whole or in part) provided the following conditions are met:
- Video recordings must be used in the course of face to face (teacher/student) classroom instruction;
- Copyright law prohibits the showing of videos for fun or as a reward unless specific public performance rights have been granted;
- Only legally acquired videotapes may be used on district property. District equipment may not be used to duplicate copyrighted videotape material;
- Videos must be shown in the classroom or other school location devoted to instruction;
- When only a segment of a film/video is used the teacher must give appropriate credit to the author/producer by showing the credits to the class or by creating a handout where this information is cited.
Before showing commercially produced videos for the above purposes, the film/video rating system must be considered and any film or video with a rating beyond G, appropriate for the age group being instructed must receive prior approval from the principal. The following information must be included in writing:
- Title and brief description;
- Relationship to course objectives;
- Proposed date of showing;
- When and how parents will be notified.
When appropriate, permission slips will be used and an appropriate alternative assignment established for those who do not participate. Unrated, off-air recordings must also be carefully evaluated for appropriateness for specific age groups.