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Filmmaking and Animation Online and in the Classroom

Learn how to use simple filmmaking and animation techniques to bring learning to life across the curriculum.

29,528 enrolled on this course

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Filmmaking and Animation Online and in the Classroom

29,528 enrolled on this course

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Teach your students how to make simple short films and animations

This course will teach you how to use simple filmmaking and animation techniques to aid assessment and attainment across the curriculum for young people aged 5-19.

You’ll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools to encourage active learning and enable pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum.

Explore filmmaking frameworks to use with your students

Alongside filmmaking experts at Into Film you’ll learn how to make simple short films and animations using evaluation and progression throughout the filmmaking process.

You’ll learn to create curriculum-focused filmmaking briefs and get advice for running fun and educational filmmaking projects.

Teach filmmaking anywhere

As well as exploring activities for use back in the classroom, the course will help you to consider online strategies for delivering filmmaking and animation activities remotely to support your teaching during times of remote learning.

Learn with Into Film – the film education charity

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

You might also like to check out Into Film’s other courses, Using Film to Teach Literacy Online and in the Classroom, and [Sustainability Through Film] (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/sustainability-through-film), which are running at the same time.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Simon 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 seconds John 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 seconds Helen 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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Explore how to make simple films and animations with pupils
  • Consider how to use filmmaking as a tool for assessment
  • Learn how to evaluate the filmmaking process ensuring progression
  • Devise a range of filmmaking briefs that can ensure filmmaking projects are curriculum-focused
  • Plan how to run in-class and remote filmmaking projects efficiently
  • Learn how to use a range of filmmaking software

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

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

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed for educators who are looking to deliver engaging, curriculum-focused learning experiences in any educational setting.

The course is suitable for those new to filmmaking as well as those who already using it in their teaching.

Who will you learn with?

Justin has taught in primary schools for almost a decade, working with pupils across KS1 and KS2. He is now a Learning Coordinator at Into Film.

Tarah is the Senior Learning Coordinator at Into Film and her role is to ensure that filmmaking is threaded and supported throughout Into Film’s programme.

Alexia worked as a primary school teacher and enjoyed leading a successful film club. She is now the Training Manager at Into Film.

Who developed the course?

Into Film

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.

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