A couple of new websites (and one important event)

I’ve recently come across a couple of valuable website in relation to MIE and Scottish Screen. Ok, the first one isn’t exactly new, but it has recently been revamped to include a wealth of material that can be used by pupils and teachers. The other relates to the Scottish Screen Archives and is one that I have been fortunate enough to have had some input in.

Moving Image Education

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This is an incredible site both for those experienced in using moving image in the classroom and for those who are interested in trying it out. The main areas of the site are: Create, Analyse, and Explore. Within each of these areas (respectively) are hints and tips as to how to create films, how to create a critical literacy in relation to films, and ways in which to explore film. I have found it extremely worthwhile and inspiring browsing through the site and can see it having a direct influence on my teaching. There is also a forum and lots of resources available. Please do take some time to check it out.

Scotland On Screen

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I believe that this site will be getting its official launch at this year Scottish Learning Festival. The site contains archive footage from around Scotland covering the years between 1895 and 1980 and has been created by a partnership of Scottish Screen, Learning and Teaching Scotland, and Scottish Screen Archive. What can be achieved from the site are:

  • Students can

  • Use archive clips as a starter introduction to a new topic
  • Create your own films or moving image essays
  • Browse all clips on the site, search by subject or subject area
  • Log-in to download clips to make your own creative work with a new soundtrack
  • Watch over 15 hours of Scottish archive film in either streaming or high-quality versions(when logged-in)
  • Explore the questions and activities independently to deepen your learning

    Teachers can

  • Browse all clips on the site or search by subject area
  • Use the suggested questions and activities in lessons or as part of class project
  • Develop cross-curricular or Enterprise projects within your school, or across Scotland
  • Use the GLOW group to share and learn about what other teachers are using Scotland on Screen for
  • Share your ideas about how to develop the site Use an archive clip as an introduction to a new topic or debate
  • Collaborate with other schools via Glow

    Parents can

  • Browse all clips on the site
  • Search the clips by favourite topic
  • Explore your history online
  • Discuss places and memories with your children or grandchildren
  • Learn more about Moving Image Education

There are a couple of aspects that I feel really shine out. One is the potential that this has when used in conjunction with GLOW. I can really see this taking off where schools can collaborate on projects across the curriculum, focusing on specific themes or eras and working to produce work that focuses on the moving image. Another is where pupils can create their own montages of archive footage using MovieMaker. I can envisage pupils from different school working together on projects whereby they share their knowledge and experiences and create new interpretations of Scottish history, whilst also gaining a lot of enjoyment from their discoveries.

Also on the site are some great resources written by various Lead Practitioners in MIE for Scottish Screen (Marion Normand, David Griffith, Athole McLauchlan, and myself).

The Important Event – Scottish Learning Festival

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival taking place at the SECC in Glasgow on September 23 and 24 has a number of seminars that are directly related to MIE. These are:

Virtual Worlds: A Guide to Using Second Life in Education

Using Creative Media to Deliver New Opportunities

Scotland on Screen: Online Film Archives and Curriculum for Excellence

A Media Literacy Network for Scotland

Live Lesson for MFL: Short Film and Moving Image Texts lighting up Language Learning

Also worth attending is the TeachMeet event that takes place in the evening of September 23rd. Head along to the wiki and sign up to what promises to be a lively, informative, and informal event.

Unfortunately, I can’t make it over to Glasgow for SLF, but I hope that everyone who attends has a great time and I look forward to hearing the reports.

Scottish Screen MIE Video

Following on from my previous post which included the vital pdf document published by Scottish Screen, please find embedded a short video from the accompanying DVD. I feel that this video, produced by Strange Boat, is a great introduction to the importance of MIE and can easily be used for CPD purposes and in the classroom.

It includes interviews from a variety of people, including educationists, filmmakers and pupils, as well as examples of their work. It addresses the importance of not only producing films within the classroom environment, but also the need to critically engage with moving image.

Many thanks to David Barras of Strange Boat for uploading this to Vimeo.

Why?

This blog has been in the pipeline for some time. I’ve continually hesitated as to what I would want to do with a blog and also what it’s purpose would be, whilst firmly believing that this form of media needs to have a purpose.

In the past few months I have had the fortune to become a Lead Practitioner in Moving Image Education for Scottish Screen and have also been heavily involved in the creation of a filmmaking group at the school I work at. Both of these have allowed me to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of the moving image with others, both in a practical and critical  sense. Therefore it made sense that I should develop a blog that would work alongside these two remits.

Some of the aims of this are to create a platform where resources will be shared; where debates will emerge; where I can share developments of moving image education throughout the UK (especially Scotland); to create an avenue to share films created by the above mentioned group; and to chat about all aspects of film in general.

To get things started I’m attaching the latest document from Scottish Screen regarding Moving Image Education (MIE). Copies are available from Scottish Screen and the hard copy also includes a DVD. Would love to hear your thoughts about this document.

Enjoy and I look forward to blogging, blabbering and sharing.

MIEinScotland

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