We’re interested in facilitating education through filmmaking, and believe that kids learn in an impactful way when they craft their own narrative about a given subject with an eye toward explaining it to another person, or an audience.
We’ve learned a lot so far making videos for our YouTube channel, and the kids have learned a lot too! While we film, we always end up talking about what will get included, what won’t, who gets to decide, and how the ‘story’ would be best told. This has led us to believe that making videos is a great educational opportunity! So now we want to find a way to team up with classrooms to facilitate education through filmmaking. We haven’t done it yet, but when we find our first guinea pig (maybe YOUR classroom?) we will post the results here, and on the channel of course!
We’re imagining that it would go this way, but would love to know what you think:
Divide the class into groups OR decide to make one video as a class
Democratically choose from an array of ‘do-able’ topics (highlights of a field trip, how to make a paper airplane)
Write a rough script or shot list
Assign a ‘shooter’ or assign camerawork for each person in group
Send US the footage and we will edit it according to the kids’ script and make it look cool
We will post on the Be Who You Are TV channel and send you supplies for a screening party!
In this YouTube age, our kids are watching videos all the time on a wide range of subjects. Sometimes the videos are educational, sometimes they’re entertaining, sometimes they’re both, but with every video there is an opportunity to apply critical thinking.
What does the person in the video want us to think? What part of the story do you think is missing? This kind of “screen literacy” is so important so that kids don’t just absorb biases without participating in the process. Teachers use these principles with school assignments that ask questions about a story’s narrator and what the writer might be trying to tell you without words – with just context, conjecture and thematic nuance.
At Be Who You Are, we’re big proponents of watching media with your kids (even though it can be painful sometimes!) to point out hidden messages and biases that kids might not see. For example, when my daughter Violet started watching teen shows from Disney like Bunk’d and Ant Farm, I would ask her what parts of the show she felt reflected reality, and which were more like fantasy. I also couldn’t help pointing out that both these shows have single women characters over 40 who are depicted as desperate and pathetically begging for male companionship. But I digress!
We’d like to offer a curriculum for screen literacy, and would love to start a dialogue with teachers about it! Please contact us if you’re interested in developing this with us, and watch this space for our first attempt at a lesson plan : )