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When students know their work has public attention, from their peers and school and the wider community, it changes the nature of how and what they learn.  It inspires and engages students and the learning is more valued.


Meta Learning

When students can see themselves working, they learn about their own learning and the learning processes.


Creating an Experience

Video creates an experience of a lesson or activity. These learning activities are a lot more immersive and fun, as well as more appealing and engaging. That's what makes everything worthwhile.


Video Learning

Videos produced by one class can be used for current and future classes to jumpstart a lesson.


Improving Speaking

Use video to improve speaking and performance skills.



A topic can be re-introduced and revised visually; students respond well to watching themselves doing the original activity.



A group of people looking at a computer



A person standing in front of a birthday cake


Procedural Writing

Videos can be used as a stimulus for procedural writing, motivation is increased when the students themselves are involved.



Videos can be used as a planning stimulus to improve future activities.


Analyze and Refine

Videos can be used to identify problems and rectify them. For both teachers and students.





Students aren’t just consumers of videos—they’re producers as well.

Once students are familiar with the process of film making, class activities can be filmed using 2 students whose job it is to film an activity and edit it. These students become class documenters. All students can rotate through this role.


The 'idea' of film making is the hook that kids love!





  • To learn how to make a movie, you have to grasp the language, grammar and syntax of sound and motion.
  • To invent a story, you must brainstorm, problem solve, test, draft, negotiate, compromise, agree, and draft again and again. A story worth producing needs to be written well.
  • Preproduction - the movie is planned. Props and costumes are made or acquired. Locations are selected.
  • Production - video footage is shot.
  • Post-production - requiring editing, title credits, music and sound effects.
  • To understand this requires math, perception, color, composition, volume, pacing, voice acting, tech and about 42 other things.
  • It’s risky. It may not work. Welcome to life.


Making a movie is hard work, will the kids be happy to work hard?







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