Produce films with your students to support your lessons and to resolve conflicts!
The let’s be creative in class using photo & video course aims to familiarize teachers of primary, lower & upper secondary schools, with the use of video, films and the art of cinema in education and prepare them for the new era of teaching, using innovative teaching methods. It leads to a Level 7 EQC Certificate, accompanied by a Europass Certicicate Supplement with 10 transferable ECVET points.
Learn how to support your lessons with video productions and how to prepare your own films with your students which will help the school to resolve possible conflicts (e.g. bullying, isolation, etc). The students will enjoy the lesson and they will be more active in the class. Moreover, the process of creating a video by the students is an excellent tool to make them take a leading role in solving conflicts which will have a direct and effective result in school life. Furthermore, it will promote active citizenship among students.
The let’s be creative in class with photo & video course is addressed to teachers who are interested in extending the range of their teaching techniques & resources and motivating their students to learn, by using the art of cinema in their classes. In that way, students will take on some of the responsibility for their own learning and can take personal action to solving problems, resolving conflicts, discussing alternatives, and coming more close to school.
The let’s be creative in class using photo & video course will help teachers to enhance students’ critical, cultural and creative abilities by using cinema in education activities. Students learn and express themselves through verbal, written and physical means. Studies have shown that visual clues support the verbal message and provide a focus of attention. Education through films & photography also extends young people’s cultural knowledge. Moreover, their increased confidence levels and social skills will help them improve their concentration levels and problem-solving skills.
The course is designed to introduce teachers to the use of the 7th art (langue & language of cinematic art, film genres, professions etc.) in their lessons. Teachers participating in the Be creative in class with photo & video course will learn how to use the art of cinema, in order to achieve their objectives working with students who are engaged in the activities, supporting one another, and growing as a learning community.
“…given the way in which moving image can manipulate us, allow us to inhabit many differing points of view, take us on journeys to other times places and cultures, indict us, shock us, and delight us, surely it’s time for our education system to hold the teaching of the sentence we watch as no less important and crucial than the teaching of the sentence we read”
Anthony Minghella at the launch of Charter for Media Literacy in 2005 stated the principle of twenty-first century Literacy
During the course, participants will learn about:
- cinema history & film genres (introduction);
- analyzing a film: the dramaturgy, semiotics, ethical issues, other situations;
- the different professions in film industry, their specialization and description of the hard & soft skills needed (vocational guidance);
- photography: what information we take by analyzing a photo (cultivating observation), creating the best shot;
- how to integrate cinema in class settings;
- introduction to presuppositions necessary for a short film production;
- pre-producing a film scene (organizing the class for the shooting);
- how to upload the final video on YouTube and embed to website or blog.
Participants will practice their newly acquired knowledge during case studies all around the city of Kalamata.
The let’s be creative in class using photo & video course is designed to learn in practice. At the end of this course, participants will be able to use effectively international as well as their local community’s material (history, architecture, archives, films) in their lessons.
After attending the course, teachers will be able to choose and analyze specific films, according to their class needs. They will also be able to organize targeted teaching learning sequences, where cinema will be integrated as the core-teaching tool.
Moreover, teachers participating at the course will be able to develop criteria and make critical decisions in order to produce a short film with their students. Finally, the course will provide participants with the necessary knowledge on how to prepare the shooting (production) of various scenes and photo-comic workshops.
Other secondary expected objectives for participants of the course will be to:
- use films in the classroom;
- learn how to enhance cinema art heritage into teaching;
- be encouraged to approach, with/for their students, issues (e.g. bullying, friendship, death, loss) through an innovative way;
- help teachers design art-driven educational activities for their lessons;
- understand European & local culture through the art of cinema (finding the tools to do so);
- increase their motivation and satisfaction in their daily work;
- share their experiences and best practices among the other participants;
- develop a sense of European citizenship and identity through participating in a community of European teachers and trainers;
- improve their competence in English.
How your students will benefit:
Students will develop a wide range of transferable and ‘work-ready’ skills, such as
- presentation skills and
- even career aspirations.
Film education includes three elements:
- critical (understanding and analysing films);
- cultural (widening learners’ experience of film) and
- creative (learners make films themselves)
Our approach, through the let’s be creative in class using photo & video course, is to base the teaching process in practical rather than theoretical knowledge. The course methodology includes workshops, case studies, role-playing, out-of-class activities and lectures, when necessary.
The courses will be held in Areadne Lifelong Centre and all around the city of Kalamata.
Every participant will be asked with their enrolment to fill a questionnaire which will facilitate the needs’ analysis and customization of the course.
Attendants will get instructions and a booklet with material to be ready for the course.
- introduction to the history of cinema
- “langue & language” of the art of cinema (what is the frame, rhythm, lights, sound, costumes, script, storyboard etc.)
- film genres (drama, comedy, action etc.)
- professions in film industry (what special skills are needed for each of them)
- films to discuss issues (e.g. friendship, fear, bullying, death, isolation, addictions etc.) in the class
- creation of teaching-learning sequences based on film analysis
- introduction to still photography: analyzing the image and finding the best frame
- photo-comic workshop (creating a story with photos)
- criteria for short film production (what do you need to make a short film)
There are three possible outdoor learning activities:
Activity 1 – Location scouting: participants walk around the city of Kalamata, searching the best location to film a certain scene. They take photos of different possible places that are then presented and discussed in the class.
Activity 2 – photo-comic: participants are given the script of a short scene (case study), and are asked to take still photos of the action, in collaboration with their classmates. All the outcomes will then be presented in class and discussed. Shooting might take place at the promenade of Kalamata, in the Old Town/Castle, at the main square, and in other locations in the city.
Activity 3 – find the spot: given some photos with details of the city, the participants have to observe, during a guided or mapped tour, and find the specific spots shown in the pictures. Then, they will have the time to search more information about that specific place/monument etc. and prepare a brief presentation for their classmates.
There is also an optional social program for those interested. This program may include an intercultural night, lunch & dinner at different restaurants, going out for a drink or coffee, or even an extra excursion – if there is time! These activities depend on participants’ needs and desires, so those participating in them will have to pay for what they choose to eat and drink.
The participants will get material including information about all the areas covered by the Be creative in class with photo & video course such as lesson plans, the produced outcomes of the course, useful links and more.
The above material can be freely used by the participants at their school.
Target Group / Who is this course for
If you are a teacher, in any level of education and training, willing to give your students the chance to learn through the art of cinema or if you are looking for innovative ways of educating your students, this course is designed for you!
Duration and cost
The duration of the let’s be creative in class using photo & video course is 7 days and the cost is 490€. This amount can be fully covered via an Erasmus+ grant provided by your National Agency.
There is no extra cost for attending the above visits, and activities apart from the museum tickets and any food & drink participants might choose to have between the visits.
Unless you participate in the above mentioned excursions and going-outs, there are no other costs involved.
However, we can also offer consultancy/ coaching services to your school, upon agreement.
Previous experience includes:
- Material development
- Outdoor learning activities design
- Helping with designing more inclusive classrooms
- Supporting the multiculturalization of educational material
The course will take place in Kalamata.
Here you can find more information about Kalamata and your accomodation.
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