CCTV and Emancipatory Creativity - 11 Angles

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

  1. refresh the creaking machinery of school councils;
  1. rejuvenate and revolutionize magazines and text-based documents;
  1. transform and supplement field trips and special projects;
  1. enliven the prospectus when the story of the school is told from a child’s perspective;
  1. promote healthy and active group work because film is necessarily labour intensive, inclusive and collaborative;
  1. enable teaching and learning of a wide range of employer-relevant skills;
  1. deliver digital inclusion and emancipatory communication;
  1. promote originality and creative skills by thinking outside the frame
  1. shift perspectives from local to global with online discussion and dissemination;
  1. facilitate more structured thinking and planning by exercising skills in scripting, storyboarding, and linear editing;
  1. put children at the centre of learning as directors and producers of creative projects
Are you ready for CCTV ?

Is this the future ?   -  - -


  1. Also SEE this article


    By Kathleen Knight Abowitz
    Miami University

    "Moral “seeing”—the ability to take in the particulars of a moral encounter, and to interpret and imagine its implications—is analogous to aesthetic perception. This article defends and explores the use of aesthetic experiences in educational ethics classrooms as a way to enhance students’ abilities to perceive and imagine moral situations and possibilities in their practice. Professional ethics pedagogy making use of aesthetic experiences and inquiry helps to engage students in critical, creative, and imaginative searches into moral situations, into their own moral thinking, and into social and cultural contexts that shape who they are and how they live. Aesthetic experiences can play an important role in helping educators to develop their own—and to see the importance of developing, in their students—qualities of perception and imagination in connection with moral events or situations."

    Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 58, No. 4, September/October 2007 287-298

  2. "High-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) risks sparking a public backlash, according to the UK government's surveillance commissioner.

    Andrew Rennison told the Independent newspaper that "the technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it".

    Surveillance cams now offer up to 29 megapixels, surpassing many cameras used by professional photographers.

    Manufacturer's figures suggest there will be 129,299 HD CCTV cameras in the UK by the end of 2012.

    The HDCCTV Alliance has predicted that number would rise to over 3.7 million by 2016."



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