Professional Development and Training Resources
It can be overwhelming and expensive for a novice, or even an advanced producer of media content to navigate through all of the resources and software tools needed for a project. Frustratingly, many of my own web searches over the years have led to generic lists on monetized websites that were not geared towards schools and education. The purpose of this site is to share what I have found to be useful when teaching media in schools, especially when it comes to working within a budget and finding free resources. As social media platforms allow people to express and share their creations in new and imaginative ways, we educators have a responsibility to try model and teach our students best practices for being safe and ethical when using media.
Disclaimer: As websites and links are always changing, I will do my best to keep this page up to date. If you notice a link is broken, feel free to contact me and let me know. As of the creation of this page, the links shared have been vetted for inappropriate content, this is not to say that websites will not change, or that something was missed. Not all sites are geared for educational use. Teachers are responsible for looking through these links before including into student projects and everyone should use discretion. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students should always be a top priority.
Subscription Based sites I USE in my work (Prices Listed in Description)
Music licensing reimagined. Artlist brand's itself as the filmmaking industry's go-to library of high-quality royalty-free music and sound effects created by inspiring indie artists. Subscription runs about 750 SAR (200 USD) for a year subscription or about 62 SAR (16.60 USD) per month.
Get two free months with reference code.
Motion Array is an unlimited download membership-based website that provides a huge variety of products, tools, and tutorials for anyone and everyone involved in the post-production game, from digital content creators to motion graphics and VFX artist. Motion Array has two pricing options. Monthly subscriptions start at 113 SAR (30 USD) or yearly at around 940 SAR (250 USD).
The Noun Project is a website that aggregates and catalogs icons, symbols, and photos that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world. Yearly subscription price is about 150 SAR (40 USD) OR get 50% off if you are a teacher or a student = 75 SAR (20 USD)
Royalty-Free is a type of license used by agencies to sell stock images, video, songs, and other media content. This license type grants the buyer a determined set of rights to use the image in multiple ways, for a flat, one-time fee. Royalty-free does not mean free. After you have permission to use the image, it is only then that it is FREE to use. The links on this page provide access to FREE, Royalty-free media resources. A good practice is to always cite the source for where you found the media you are using.