I’m trying to reclaim the notorious surveillance culture of CCTV.
I'm not thinking spy-camera in the classroom.
Here are some of my attempts to re-frame the use of film making in creative learning environments such as schools and communities:
- Collaborative Community TV
- Creative Circuits Transmit Values
- Community Creates Total Value
- Camcorders Communicate Training Virus
- Class Contests Totalitarian Values
I'm sure you can create your own re-workings?
With a cheap camcorder that costs less than $150, and access to a laptop and free software it’s possible to replace dreary Powerpoints with live action visualization, with dynamic group creativity and critical reflection.
In schools, use of film will
- refresh the creaking machinery of school councils;
- rejuvenate and revolutionize magazines and text-based documents;
- transform and supplement field trips and special projects;
- enliven the prospectus when the story of the school is told from a child’s perspective;
- promote healthy and active group work because film is necessarily labour intensive, inclusive and collaborative;
- enable teaching and learning of a wide range of employer-relevant skills;
- deliver digital inclusion and emancipatory communication;
- promote originality and creative skills by thinking outside the frame
- shift perspectives from local to global with online discussion and dissemination;
- facilitate more structured thinking and planning by exercising skills in scripting, storyboarding, and linear editing;
- put children at the centre of learning as directors and producers of creative projects