Professional Development

Free Online Resources for Educators

Jenn Mundo's 5th Grade Class, JFK Magnet School, Port Chester NY

The JBFC is committed to promoting literacy for the twenty-first century. One way we advance this goal is by increasing exposure to the ten media literacy concepts explored in-depth in our Image, Sound, and Story curriculum. Although we do encourage educators to participate in our Image, Sound, and Story professional development program to gain full insight into the curriculum, we offer a number of resources on our website that are available to the public completely free of charge. Two of these readily-available JBFC Education resources are our Visual Glossary and our rich library of View Now Do Now (VNDN) activities.

Visual Glossary

Equipping students with the vocabulary to critically read visual texts is essential to their literacy abilities. With the Visual Glossary resource, we’ve curated fantastic film clips from around the world that display film vocabulary and definitions, highlighting examples in real time as the film clips play. Generally, Visual Glossary clips come from films screened as part of our Classroom to Screening Room program, our Cinemania Afterschool Film Club, or JBFC Kids programming at the theater. Regardless of proximity to our campus in Pleasantville, NY, students and teachers from all over the country use the Visual Glossary year-round as an integrated aspect of JBFC curricula. Here are a few recent additions to our Visual Glossary for you to explore:

View Now Do Now (VNDN) Library

If you're looking to spark creativity beyond cinematic language and concepts, you might be interested in our library of View Now Do Now activities. A View Now Do Now is a mini-project designed to spark creativity and quickly get you into the act of "viewing and doing" by diving into one of our ten Image, Sound, and Story media literacy concepts. Here are a few VNDNs to get you started:

  • Want to experience the ability of visual media to “show, but don’t tell?” Try No. 166!
  • For younger audiences, enjoy No. 169, which is more playful than pensive.
  • To learn more about how our education department engages with what’s shown across the street at the JBFC Theater, explore No. 173, which connects to a film from the JBFC’s Remix: The Modern Black Experience in Film, Media, and Art series.
  • Check out No. 171 (featuring La La Land) in conversation with No. 177 (featuring Medicine for Melancholy, the first film directed by Barry Jenkins, who also directed Moonlight). These VNDNs were posted in response to La La Land’s success at the Golden Globes and Moonlight’s success at the 2017 Oscars.

Simply view the VNDN’s film clip or image, read the prompt, then click the “RESPOND NOW” button to submit your response! You can also check out previous responses from individuals of all ages and backgrounds for each VNDN on our site. With over 170 VNDNs to explore on our website, there’s no end to what your imagination can accomplish.

We encourage you to explore our resources online and let us know how you use them to introduce film literacy into your classroom culture. To learn more about how our View Now Do Now prompts and Visual Glossary clips are used in the classroom, both as part of integrated JBFC curricula and as a warm-up activity for students, check out our webinar for the National Writing Project from December 2016, available for streaming HERE.