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Hear film education experts discuss how using film in the curriculum can inspire and stimulate learning in the classroom.
Helen Caldwell: The first sentence of the National Curriculum says that children will use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. That’s saying that by being digital makers we can understand more about how the world works and we can be more powerful about changing it.
John Peto: So that create phase is where film I think has a unique ability to unlock learning for young people in the classroom. Will engage them in subjects that they may not otherwise have been engaged in and the filmmaking for them, the creative side is the real output, the real hook for them to do it. It’s in that creative phase that the real learning comes in because I can guarantee that once a student has had to create a short film about a given subject, whether they are interested in that subject or not by the end of that production process they will be relatively expert in that subject.
Because you can’t make a film about a subject without interrogating it, examining it at depth.
HC: The idea of making things, of being inventive, of purposeful learning because you are making a product and of having a real audience for that product is really, that’s a massive driver for learning.
Chris Whitney: I think in filmmaking they’ve got another route to be creative. They might not be great painters or great musicians, but here, they’re allowed to be creative. They can come up with some ideas that perhaps would have gone unnoticed before. So I think it’s the creative process within it that gives the benefits.
JP: Digital literacy is every bit as important as is traditional literacy and numeracy within the classroom. So that creative dimension of the filmmaking process, really embeds those skills in a purposeful way for young people.

Now that you’ve seen some examples of how one-shot films have been used in a variety of curricular projects and you have thought about and planned the film you will create, it’s time to start filming. Please refer back to the previous step for filmmaking guidance if you need to.

Share your film

Once you’ve made your film, upload it to YouTube. If you have a Gmail address, you will already have a YouTube account. If not, it’s quick and easy to set one up.

If you’re unsure about how to add your film to YouTube simply follow FutureLearn’s instructions.

Once you’ve created your account on YouTube, upload your video and copy its URL and add to the Comments section below to share with your peers. You can keep on or turn off the comments on your YouTube videos as you wish, but for the peer evaluation in the next few steps, it’s best to keep them on.

Please do not add video content of young people without written parental permission or video content of adults without their consent. An example of a parental permission slip is attached.

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