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Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom

Learn how to use simple filmmaking and animation to bring learning to life, and aid cross-curricular attainment and assessment.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom

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Why join the course?

This free online course will help anyone working with young people aged 5-19 to engage them in learning through simple filmmaking and animation. You’ll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools for encouraging active learning and enabling pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum.

Try filmmaking and animation in the classroom

During the course, you will:

  • learn how even simple equipment can be used to produce high-quality short films in the classroom;
  • apply this knowledge to the classroom, creating films that help raise attainment;
  • discover a range of top tips to help you hone your filmmaking skills;
  • learn how to produce simple films and animations with your students;
  • and learn how to use this creative artform as an assessment tool.

Learn with Into Film - the film education charity

The course has been developed by Into Film – one of the biggest educational charities in the UK – which works with schools to deliver free training, resources and after-school film clubs.

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom builds on Into Film’s successful Teaching Literacy Through Film course, developed in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsSimon Richards: If you're an educator looking for a new and exciting way to bring lessons to your pupils, a way to engage and enthuse them and a way that brings the curriculum to life, or you'd like to utilize a range of new technologies to speak to young people in a language they understand, then I would like to invite you to join Into Film's new free online course with FutureLearn. (SR) I'm Simon Richards, Teacher Training Manager at Into Film, and over the course of the next three weeks my colleagues and I, as well as other education experts will teach you how to use film and animation in the classroom to help increase attainment in your lessons no matter what the subject.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsJohn Peto: It takes a student from the role of a consumer of learning and education into a creator of their own learning and education.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsHelen Caldwell: If school pupils are making animations to show how a volcano works, "I need to know this because I'm making this and I'm going to show it to these people" that's a real driver for learning. (SR) We'll show you a range of incredibly simple yet effective activities that cover research to planning and creating to evaluating. Producing content that will be fully in line with the National Curriculum.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 seconds (JP) We've seen time and time again young people really raise their quality of output raise their game in terms of the work they're doing because they know this is going to be seen it's going to be shared, it's going to reflect directly on them as a person or team that made that film. So it's a powerful tool in that sense. (SR) Through the course you'll also have an understanding of how filmmaking can have a hugely positive impact on your pupils at every stage. So I hope you can join us on this course, ready to bring the wonder of film into your classroom.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Assess pupil's learning through filmmaking and animation
  • Develop own and pupil's filmmaking skills
  • Produce a range of curricular focused short films and animations
  • Explore filmmaking frameworks for use in class with pupils
  • Evaluate own and peer made short films to encourage progression
  • Design in class filmmaking projects

Who is the course for?

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom is open to anyone who works with young people, aged 5 to 19, who would like to enrich their learning through the creation of films and animations.

Who will you learn with?

Simon Richards

As a primary school teacher in South Wales Simon taught right across the KS 1&2 spectrum. Now the Teacher Training Manager at Into Film Simon oversees the organisation's CPD programme.

Who developed the course?

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For £59 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.