NFB’s Resources for teachers: Tops in their Class


Resources for teachers

For many years, the NFB has offered a wide variety of teaching tools linked to curriculums from primary school through college level, so that both teachers and their students can enjoy an enriching, entertaining multimedia experience. We offer you today 4 main kinds of teaching resources.

Straight to the point

If your time is scarce and you need to go straight to the point, use NFB resources for teachers such as tutorials and study guides to make your life simpler.

For example, the chaptering tool lets you select a specific sequence within an NFB film, add it to a playlist, and then screen the playlist for your students at the appropriate time.

You can also create a playlist of several films and/or excerpts from films and add a specific description or key words that will help during your presentation. Then just click Watch the playlist to screen the playlist that you have created!

Please let us know about how these teaching resources have helped you to save time.

Learn while playing

Plunge with us into the interactive universe and discover 2 multimedia educations applications that let you combine traditional teaching with today’s advanced media technology.

The application The Loxleys and the War of 1812 takes students through this significant chapter in Canada’s history through its magnificent illustrations and captivating sound track, along with an interactive map where they can pinpoint the locations where the action takes place. The online guide lets you complement your classroom teaching with a wealth of information about the conflict, while offering you suggested teaching activities and much more.

The Loxleys and the War of 1812, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Or, if you’d like to take on an even more interactive project with your class, you and your students can use the NFB PixStop app to create an animated film, frame by frame. StopMo Studio, the user friendly guides and tutorial will explain such things as how to add a soundtrack to your group’s masterpiece.

<strong>Learn to animate—one frame at a time</strong>

Experience the National Film Board of Canada’s stop-motion animation workshop online. This web module will teach you how to produce stop-motion animation videos and introduce you to NFB stop-motion animated films. It offers instructional videos and step-by-step lessons. The 7 lessons have been designed for an Intermediate (Grade 7–9) Art Curriculum. However, they can be easily modified to suit other age levels and subject areas.

<strong>Are you an Educator?</strong>
If you want to use stop-motion animation in your classroom, start by clicking on the <a href="">StopMoStudio Overview</a>. Read the <a href="">Educator’s Strategy Guide</a> first, which is a companion piece to the tutorial videos featured on this playlist, then work through the rest of the resources. Watch the tutorial clips (one, a couple, or all in one visit) then select a lesson plan related to what your students are studying in class. Next, familiarize yourself with <a href="">Lessons 1–7</a> and the related activities.

Stop-motion animation can be integrated across the curriculum in subjects as diverse as math, social studies and media literacy. We recommend introducing stop-motion animation as a learning activity or even as a tool for students to demonstrate their knowledge of a subject area. Why not collaborate with other teachers in your school to create an interdisciplinary learning activity?

<strong>Learning for Fun</strong>
If you want to try your hand at stop-motion animation outside of a classroom context, we suggest you start by clicking on the NFB Instructional Videos. View the <a href="">Mediatheque Playlist</a> to see examples of users’ previous animation work. You can view NFB professional stop-motion animation films on our curated <a href="">Stop-Motion Animation Playlist</a>. Then, if you would like to learn more about creating your own animations, explore <a href="">Lessons 1–7</a>, and complete any activities that interest you. <a href="">Animation Resources</a> will provide you with more useful tips, references and templates to round out your online workshop experience.

<strong>STOP-MOTION AND GO!</strong>
<a href="">Overview</a>
<a href="">Educator’s Strategy Guide</a>
<a href="">Lesson 1 – Introduction to Media Literacy</a>
<a href="">Lesson 2 – Introduction to Animation</a>
<a href="">Lesson 3 – Overview of Technology and Principles of Animation</a>
<a href="">Lesson 4 – Storyboarding and Storytelling</a>
<a href="">Lesson 5 – Creating Characters for Animation</a>
<a href="">Lesson 6 – Creating a Set</a>
<a href="">Lesson 7 – Animation Production</a>
<a href="">Animation Resources</a>
<a href="">Credits</a>

StopMoStudio was inspired by our ever-popular stop-motion animation workshops. <strong>Want to discover stop-motion in-person?</strong> You can participate in these unique workshops by visiting the NFB Education offices in <a href="">Toronto or Montreal</a>.

Educators, to show NFB films or NFB Interactive projects that are online to your students, you require a subscription to <a href="">CAMPUS</a>. Your ministry of education or school board may have already purchased a subscription; to check and see if they have or to inquire about purchasing a subscription for you or your school, <a href="">contact us</a>. A subscription to CAMPUS ensures that you have the public performance rights to share content from <a href=""></a> with an audience, including your students.

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NFB playlists compiled for you

To make your work easier, we have compiled playlists containing films on major themes and topics of current interest. These playlists can be associated with teaching guides and/or propose questions to discuss in class with your students.

For example, Learning Through Empathy – Elementary and Learning Through Empathy – Secondary and Postsecondary are selections of films designed to get primary and secondary school students thinking critically about the lives of the people around them. The selection of film clips differs according to the students’ age, but the discussion questions will get students of all ages to start thinking about their own ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.

Please let us know how useful our media education guides and tools have been in your classroom.

Interaction and resources for teachers

The NFB offers interactive productions that let young people make contact with their peers elsewhere and thus expand their view of the world.

David Suzuki’s Test Tube helps make students more aware of their individual and collective impact on the environment. David Suzuki says that if we look at human history as if it were 60 minutes long, humanity has now reached its final minute on Earth. This real-time experience invites your students to think about what they would do during this final minute. The educators’ guide helps make this experience more real for your students so that they can get the most out of it.

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Have a great summer!