Blueshift is excited to partner with Doc Society to bring Doc Academy to the US, a free online platform by teachers for teachers that fully engages students around the most pressing issues of our day through a lens of critical media literacy.

The platform is fully accessible and easy to use with standards aligned lessons developed by veteran English, Science and Social Studies educators

Currently in use in 25% of UK classrooms, and field tested in US classrooms for the first time in Spring, 2018, 88% of US teachers said it increased their comfort level teaching with doc films, and 94% said they plan to use it again. 

Click here for Doc Academy teacher-leader Josh Cabat talking about why media literacy matters.

Click here to download a share-able information sheet about Doc Academy.

Highly Curated Award winning films

Teacher-vetted films include:

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Almost Sunrise

The suggested classroom unit for the documentary Almost Sunrise is a 5-6 day lesson exploring the central issues raised in the film - the challenges facing returning veterans, moral injury, forgiveness and healing. The film follows Anthony and Tom, two Iraq War veterans, on a 2700 mile emotional and physical pilgrimage across the country in their effort to heal from war and restore hope.

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Dalya's Other Country

The suggested classroom unit for Dalya’s Other Country includes 5-6 days deeply exploring the topics and themes raised in the film. Dalya's Other Country tells the remarkable story of a family displaced by the ongoing Syrian conflict and exploring life in the United States caught between highly politicized identities. The film follows Dalya and her mother through what seems at first a typical immigration experience. However, they grow tense and anxious as the 2016 presidential campaign unfolds and candidate Donald Trump calls for restrictions on Muslim immigrants.

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I Am Not Your Negro

This lesson for I Am Not Your Negro includes 5-6 days of suggested exercises featuring in-depth research and discussion of the civil rights era as a backdrop for the film, and critical analysis of the clips in the film, which delve into the writings and social commentary of James Baldwin and whether and how his words predicted and are echoed in the experience of racial division in the United States today.

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Growing Up Coy

This lesson uses an accessible and engaging film of one's family fight to raise a significant contemporary civil rights issue affecting their child's education and opportunity to learn. While the topic of this film may seem controversial in some communities because of its focus on LGBTQ+ rights, this is less a film about the politics of “bathroom bills” being discussed around the country, and more about how we as a society identify injustices and what steps each of us are willing to take to address them. Growing Up Coy is appropriate for those studying Contemporary History/Politics, or in English Language Arts classrooms focusing on the use of film as a tool for rhetoric.

SEED: The Untold Story

In this 5-6 day set of lessons, students will research to back up opinion statements, integrate quantitative and qualitative analysis into writing, and compare and contrast primary and secondary sources. These skills will be directed towards examining different views on the use of pesticides, understand genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and weigh the influence of agribusiness corporations in today’s production of food.

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Thank You For the Rain

This 5-6 day unit explores the themes and issues in the documentary film Thank You For the Rain.Through the personal lens of Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya, the film follows one person’s commitment to educating his community about sustainable farming practices and the risks of climate change. The film brings to life the many ways in which climate change directly affects Kisilu, his family and their livelihood.