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Peer Review

Frontline Teacher Center



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 05, 2013 by Sociology Editorial Board
Overview: FRONTLINE Teacher Center provides a wide array of teaching materials, including activities with streamed video clips, downloadable lesson plans, and related web-exclusive resources to accompany the large repository of FRONTLINE documentaries. These films examine complex and controversial social, economic, and political issues, and the site's ancillaries serve to significantly enhance their instructional value. They are well-organized and updated.
Type of Material: The site is comprised of learning objectives and lesson plans, streamed video clips, guided activities, links to additional online resources, and some simulations.
Recommended Uses: Highly varied: lecture aids, lesson guides, discussion questions, homework assignments, etc. Relevant for face-to-face and online courses.
Technical Requirements: Basic web browser and video player are only requirements.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The site serves to transform compelling documentary films into valuable learning resources. It provides teachable insights about such films, extends critical thinking and classroom discussion, and encourages further student interest in controversial topics.
Target Student Population: Diverse: advanced high school, undergraduate and graduate college courses; workshops for community-based organizations.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Users need basic computer skills to navigate site.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site translates the many FRONTLINE documentaries that tackle the tough, controversial, and complex stories of our day into powerful instructional vehicles. Lesson plans, assignments, and other ancillaries illuminate and expand each documentary. The site provides a wide array of excellent teaching materials.
Concerns: None observed.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A superb resource for courses in sociology and other social-science disciplines. Places films in broader contexts and focuses on critical questions. Effectively transforms them into powerful teaching tools by initiating and extending discussion, and encouraging further research.
Concerns: None observed.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is well-organized with resources clearly identified. Informative introductory page divides films into broad categories, accompanied by short descriptions of each documentary. Ancillary materials for each film clearly labeled and easily accessible.
Concerns: None observed.

Other Issues and Comments: Most FRONTLINE documentaries are available at no cost online. Ancillaries have significant instructional value even apart from them.

Creative Commons:
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