Showing Videos in the Classroom
(Some things to consider...)
Regardless of ratings, whether it is loan pool material or material sourced out through video rental outlets and home libraries, it is always good practice to preview all videos before showing. For your information:
Movie Rating System
Motion Picture Association of America
“G” - GENERAL AUDIENCES - All ages admitted.
“PG” - PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED – All ages can view
“14A” - PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED - Some material may
be inappropriate for children under 14.
“18A” – Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by
“R” - RESTRICTED - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or
“ADULT” -Content is sexually explicit, or graphically and
“NC – 17” - no one 17 and under admitted
Generally, QE has a policy of sending a permission letter home to parents when showing movies rated above PG. Use your discretion and/or speak to your CL about the suitability of certain films.
Copying and Showing Radio and Television Programs
Please click on the link to view current Canadian Copyright Regulations for taping and showing TV and news programs to your students.
When showing videos in your classroom please be aware of the
copyright issues associated with it.
Under copyright law, schools are considered to be public places. Every
video you show in your classroom must have public performance rights or authorization of the owner of the copyright before it is shown.
Videos you get from the CBE loan pool and the Public Library have
these rights attached, so it is OK to show them to your students.
Videos you rent from Blockbusters etc., Hollwood movies in our QE Library Collection, and videos you buy from
Indigo or video catalogues are licensed for “home use only” and
generally do not have public performance rights.
Queen Elizabeth High School has complied with this issue somewhat by purchasing licenses from two agencies: Visual Education Centre (VEC) and Audio-Cine Films Inc.
As a result of having Audio Cine and VEC licensing,
classroom teachers may borrow videos from video rental outlets,
retailers, home libraries and public libraries. Although most of the big
name producers are a part of the licensing agreement there are still a
number that are not. It is important to check, prior to showing that
your video is on the list of acceptable producers. This list is posted on every TV in the school. If you do not see the one you want, you may double-check the list of producers on their web sites or by phoning the companies:
When you obtain videos from sources other than the CBE Loan Pool or
the Calgary Public Library, make sure they are legal copies (not taped
off-air or duplicated from another copy) and that you record viewing
information (producer, title, show date).
Please fill out all viewing information on the log sheet on your projection system, or inform Mary Losowy or the teacher-librarian and usage reports will be sent to the appropriate company.
**As part of our agreement with the companies, it is essential
that these usage reports are sent or we will lose our license**