Getting Started with ThinkHumanTV in the Classroom

ThinkHumanTV uses major streaming sites like Netflix and Disney+ to support the development of students’ social-emotional skills like self-awareness, empathy, and emotion regulation. 


This article will help you get started with ThinkHumanTV in your classroom by describing different school implementation approaches.


Before You Get Started


Schedule an onboarding call: Please schedule an onboarding call with a ThinkHumanTV team member (IT’S FREE) to help you get set up, and enable you to make full use of the platform.

You can also view helpful videos on the general Get Started page to learn how to set up and start using ThinkHumanTV.

Important Tips


Media selection: You are in control of media selection on ThinkHumanTV. Regardless of which titles are chosen, or their order, all students can cover the same emotion science content. There are several ways to approach media selection:

  1. You may select one or more title(s) to watch as a class, such as Avatar or Cobra Kai on Netflix.

  2. You may allow individual students to watch titles of their choice.

  3. You may allow students to watch titles of their choice from a list you have selected. For example, Star Wars, Moana, or WandaVision.

Note: if there is a title you want to use with your class but that we don’t yet support, let us know! 


Timing: Because ThinkHumanTV makes use of movies and shows, it’s a reliable way to get students to engage, and can be used strategically at times such as following lunch or close to the end of the day when it may be more challenging to maintain or capture students’ attention. 


1 Learning Module = ~1 Episode: On average, a ThinkHumanTV learning module (that is, a unit which covers a particular emotion concept) can be completed while watching a half hour of content, or roughly a single TV show episode. Note that the time it takes to complete the module can actually be a lot shorter because a user can click on scenes in the episode to go directly to the learning activities. 


K12 Implementation Approaches


In-Class Use


Overview: In this mode, the educator uses ThinkHumanTV in class. Educators can either do so using a projector or SmartBoard, or have students use their individual laptops. 


Recommended grade levels: 7-12


Suggested Implementation Steps:



  • We recommend reviewing the module(s) you plan to cover prior to introducing them to the class

  • Sign into one of the supported streaming sites (Netflix, Disney+, Peacock) and into ThinkHumanTV using the Chrome browser

  • You may use a projector or SmartBoard to display ThinkHumanTV training content to the whole class (this approach assumes whole class or group discussion) 

  • Alternatively, you may also have students engage with ThinkHumanTV individually on their computers; in this case you will want to take time to have students sign up and ensure everyone is correctly set up

  • Choose an approach to media selection, either identifying specific content to start with or giving students some level of choice in content selection (see Media Selection usage tip above)

  • Set aside class time (e.g. 15-45 min) to watch content and go through one or more ThinkHumanTV modules

  • You may choose to create a custom hook or introduction with which to begin the lesson where certain emotion concept(s) will be covered



  • If displaying the content to the class on a SmartBoard, you may choose to have the class discuss the module questions in groups or as a class before selecting a response

  • After a response selection is made, you may choose to have a quick follow-up discussion to explore what students think about their choice in light of the feedback provided by the system

  • You may also want to explore the themes or broader questions raised by the character interactions in the scenes you watch as a class

  • After modules are completed, you may want to use the ThinkHumanTV educator guide for possible follow-up discussions and activities (See How to Access the Educator Guide)


Note: if ThinkHumanTV is used in class, you may consider asking students to watch the content you plan to use ahead of time, to be able to go directly to the relevant scenes and activities in class and reduce the class time used for content viewing.


Reverse Classroom


Overview: In this mode, ThinkHumanTV is used primarily as homework, with students going through training modules while watching streaming content after school. In-class discussions and group activities serve to solidify learning.


Recommended grade levels: 9-12


Suggested Implementation Steps:


  • Consider introducing ThinkHumanTV in class, and taking time to have students sign up to ensure everyone is correctly set up

  • Doing so has been shown to increase the rate of engagement and assignment completion.

  • Decide whether you want all students to watch the same content, or whether they'll have a choice between different movies and shows. Note that even if students watch different things, they can still complete the same emotion science lessons (see Media Selection usage tip above).

  • When assigning ThinkHumanTV as homework, identify the modules students are asked to complete (e.g. 1-2 modules per week). Note: one module can usually be completed while watching a half hour of content (See usage tips above).

  • You can monitor class engagement and progress via the class analytics dashboard on the ThinkHumanTV website (Accessing Student Analytics will be covered in onboarding call)

  • After students have completed a given module or set of modules, you can make use of the ThinkHumanTV educator guide to facilitate in-class discussion and activities related to the covered concepts (Accessing the Educator Guide will be covered in onboarding call)

  • Once the class has completed the training curriculum, you can continue to assign Ongoing Practice modules. This provides an opportunity to practice covered concepts with new content and to continue engaging in class discussions and activities to deepen learning.


Note: Reverse classroom mode tends to be more effective if the educator ensures students have successfully set up ThinkHumanTV. Giving this assignment some weight in relation to student evaluation also increases engagement.


Additional Tips


Mixed in-class & at home use: You may take different implementation approaches depending on time availability and objectives, assigning ThinkHumanTV as homework in some instances, and using it in class in others. 


Curriculum Progression: The ThinkHumanTV training curricula are structured to best facilitate emotion learning. Learners automatically progress through the curriculum, advancing to new modules as they complete preceding ones while watching media content. Note that one can switch narratives at any time without losing one’s place in the curriculum.


Use frequency: ThinkHumanTV provides a structured way to practice foundational social emotional skills such as emotion identification and empathy. As with all skills, improvement calls for practice to be regular and consistent. It is recommended that students have the chance to practice once a week or more, either in class or at home.


Program duration: While training can be delivered in a set timeframe such as 4-6 weeks, ThinkHumanTV is designed for continuous use. Following the completion of the initial training curriculum, which will vary by grade, students can continue to practice their knowledge and skills with new, age-appropriate media content, allowing for ongoing improvement and deep learning. Teachers tell us that ThinkHumanTV sessions quickly become one of students’ favorite activities!

For additional information you can check the FAQ, visit the general Getting Started Page, or get in touch with us.