TEACH WITH MOVIES HELP DESK & FAQ
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How do I navigate the site?
Click on the link to "Search TWM" at the upper left of this page. We have a search engine and 12 different indexes to help you find the curriculum materials that you need..
Does TWM provide the movies?
No. Subscribers must provide their own copies of the movies. However, you may purchase the movies for most of our guides from Amazon.com.
I renewed my membership and I can't log in. What do I do?
Either the computer glitched or you are mistyping a character when you try to log on. Logins and passwords on TWM are case sensitive. Try again with this in mind, but if it doesn't work, email us at Support@TeachWithMovies.com.
Does TWM provide the movies?
No. Subscribers must provide their own copies of the movies.
How do I print TWM materials?
Use the print feature from your web browser. If you need help adjusting the margins, Click here.
Can I share my login and password with others? -OR- Can I share the curriculum materials from TWM with others?
No. Not only does the subscriber agreement prohibit this but, in a way, you are hurting yourself. $11.99 a year for the curriculum materials available on TWM is one of the best curriculum buys around. If everyone shared TWM materials we could no longer maintain the quality of service that we provide.
Many of our guides alone are worth more than $11.99. Our contributors have decades of teaching experience and the founders of TWM have spent more than 11 years thinking and learning about how to use movies well in the classroom. We take a lot of time to write most of our guides, sometimes many months. If anyone wants to use TWM materials let them purchase their own subscription. It's cheaper than a ticket to see a movie and a box of popcorn.
What is TeachWithMovies.com?
TWM is a collection of lesson plans and curriculum materials using movies to inspire, inform and motivate students. We want to make it easy for teachers to give their classes excellent lessons using movies. The goal: on the few occasions that movies are used in the classroom, the educational benefit for students will be maximized.
But TWM is really more than just a collection of curriculum materials. It's a system for using film in the classroom. TWM has standard questions, standard assignments and an essay concerning the devices used in film that can be adapted to any movie.
Why do you advocate using movies in the classroom?
Actually, TWM doesn't advise using a lot of movies in the classroom. We suggest that teachers show one, possibly two, full-length movies a semester. What TWM advocates is using full-length movies in a way that inspires, opens new vistas, drives assignments, and changes perception. The uses are myriad and the benefits many. When 11th grade girls tell you that the film Water, a movie about widows in India in the 1930s is the best movie they ever saw, you know you've opened a new window on their world.
The use of movies to babysit classes, when a teacher is tired or needs to grade papers violates professional standards and should be kept to an absolute minimum.
What about the use of film clips such as those suggested in TWM's Snippet Lesson Plans?
Short clips from films are a different story. They can be used more often because the video component takes up much less class time than an entire film.
I get great results when I use movies in class and I think I should use them more often. Why do you suggest only one or two movies a semester?
We understand. We are excited about what we have been able to teach students and the reports we get back from teachers about the astonishing benefits to students when teachers show the right movie at the right time with the right introduction, supplemental materials, and assignments. However, class time is valuable and films take time to weave their magic. School is work. Kids need to be taught habits of discipline and to apply themselves to tasks. They need to learn modes of absorbing information in the traditional ways of reading, listening to a lecture, etc.
Why are some movies not recommended?
If we can't figure out a way to make watching a film a learning experience or there is objectionable material that disqualifies it for educational use, then the movie will be placed on our list of Movies for Which No Learning Guide has been created. This list, available only to subscribers, explains our reasons and will present dissenting views. Bear in mind two things. Our opinions are, of course, subjective and can change with time and in response to comments from our contributors and subscribers.
How do you find the movies that you recommend?
From our own review of movies and through suggestions from our subscribers.
Does my subscription automatically renew?
No, your subscription does NOT automatically renew. Also, TeachWithMovies.com does NOT store any credit card information on our servers. If you would like to extend your Membership, simply Login, click on My Account, and click "Extend / Renew Your Membership."
If your Membership has expired, then simply visit the Login Page and follow the insructions when promoted to renew your Membership -- the default extension is for a One (1) Year Membership ($11.99) --
Who writes the Guides and the Lesson Plans?
Click here for a list of our active contributors. They are all educators.
What is a Learning Guide?
A Learning Guide provides several different components and suggestions about how teachers can easily and quickly craft a lesson plan. Don't feel pressure to use everything in a Learning Guide. There's often too much there for any one lesson plan.
How do I navigate the site?
There are two ways to navigate the site. First, there is a search engine and second there are more than ten separate indexes to help subscribers find the film they want.
There's a movie that's not on your list. How do I get TWM to write a guide for it?
Email us at support@TeachWithMovies.com. The problem is that it takes a lot of time and work to craft a high quality Learning Guide or lesson plan. In addition, we have a long backlog of movies for which we would like to write guides.
Perhaps the best way to get us to put a Learning Guide on TWM is to write up a draft guide yourself and send it to us. If we believe that the movie will provide a worthwhile educational experience and if we have the time, we'll work on it with you, give you the benefit of our ideas and experience, get your feedback and then pay you a little money when we publish it.
I would like to contribute a lesson plan.
Send it to us at support@TeachWithMovies.com. If we believe that the movie will provide a worthwhile educational experience and if we have the time, we'll work on it with you, give you the benefit of our ideas and experience, get your feedback and, when we publish it, we'll give you an author's or a co-authors' credit and pay you a little money.
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