Simon Richards

Simon Richards

As a primary school teacher in South Wales Simon taught right across the KS 1&2 spectrum.
He was also the Teacher Training Manager at Into Film before starting his own training company - eCoach.

Location Cardiff

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  • I replied to your other comment with this link but if filmmaking is your area of interest don't miss this course - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/filmmaking-animation-classroom/8

  • Hi Angeline, this course may also interest you - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/filmmaking-animation-classroom/8 it starts on Monday

  • Hope you enjoy Rita!

  • Hi Sandy - have you seen the course we created with The Tate about using still and moving image in the classroom? Seems like it would be right up your street!

  • Hi Samantha - this course should give you plenty of ideas for those age groups. The great thing about film is that it spans all generations. I love Ratatouille as much as my daughter!

  • Yep - information is generally easier to digest when broken down into bite size chunks.

  • What did you find was the most useful element of having these instructions in video format? Was it the ability to review your learning?

  • Hi Everyone
    I'm the lea educator for this course and will be answering any pressing questions alongside a couple of colleagues. Great to have you all with us and we look forward to reading and watching some fantastic content!

  • Some fantastic padlet posts - thanks all!

  • Hi
    Simon here - I'm the lead educator on this course. I'll be answering questions and inputting into conversations, alongside my colleagues Paul Stapley and Tarah Patel throughout the 2 weeks.
    Hope you enjoy the course.

    Simon

  • This is very true - whilst the selfie can act as a powerful teaching tool there needs to be an awareness of those pupils who don't wish to be the center of a picture.

  • Is that to stick character to paper or to create the characters?

  • But still a better love story than 'Love Actually!' Excellent work.

  • That is fab Cristina - very well done!

  • Hopefully it'll be a happy mistake!

  • Hi @VerityKriegler , thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • Hi Susana, thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • Hi Katie, thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • @VerityKriegler Hi Verity - could I poss get your permission to share your thoughts with staff and external stakeholders? Just to highlight what teachers think about the course. Cheers

  • Hi Marlyn - could I poss get your permission to share your thoughts with staff and external stakeholders? Just to highlight what teachers think about the course. Cheers

  • Hi Lisa - could I poss get your permission to share your thoughts with staff and external stakeholders? Just to highlight what teachers think about the course. Cheers

  • Let us know how it goes Jeanne.

  • Slightly off topic here but I went away to Disneyland Paris last week with the family. The ghost house ride was closed but it certainly reminded me of something - https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article7685309.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/Haunted-Mansion-in-Disneyland-Paris.jpg

  • I used to teach in a class where 55% of students were EAL. Film was a great way in.

  • Have you ever tried our other courses Marlyn? The timetable should be out soon.

  • Hi Walaa - hopefully it'll be the start of something new!

  • Hope you enjoy Kim

  • Hey Peter that sounds great - Into Film do run competitions for films created by students (for future projects) - https://www.intofilm.org/competitions

  • That is great and more enjoyable than most romcons you see these days!

  • I love Coraline and hadn't even considered that but it is very much like that house. Great film !

  • Yep Lisa, the social media approach probably works best with secondary school pupils due to age limits. However you can use a similar idea with younger pupils and get them to use software such as http://www.classtools.net/SMS/ to create text messages between characters.

  • Some great pics going up on the padlet wall!

  • Hey Alexander - are you a member of Into Film? The team in Scotland are brilliant and offer a ton of training opportunities.

  • Anime club? I bet that's popular!

  • You'll def enjoy week 2 then Rachel - little bit of stop motion in there!

  • Glad you enjoyed our other courses Rachel. Hopefully this one will give you some new and exciting techniques.

  • Hey Bentley. Film making can play a great role in assesment and as a revision tool in the math classroom. Check out our other course too - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/filmmaking-animation-classroom/5 a date for it should be confirmed in the next few weeeks.

  • Hi Katie. Hope you enjoy and get a lot out of the course.

  • Brill thanks Mary!

  • Hi Cristina thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • Hi Mary
    thanks for your comment on our course. We would love to use it to promote the course on the FutureLearn website and in our newsletter. May we have your permission to do this?’

  • Hi everyone. I'm Simon and I'm the teacher development manager here at Into Film. In a previous life I was a primary school teacher in the Swansea area of South Wales. I'll be doing my best to answer any questions you may have over the next few weeks.

  • Hi. You can certainly use your smartphone to create a short film - this week you'll learn more about editing, which can be far simpler than most people think.