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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moviestorm case studies - the educators

When we started work on Moviestorm, we were aware that there was a shift in the way people were using video. Not just for putting things on YouTube, but as a teaching tool. At a national level, governments are encouraging schools and teachers to incorporate video into their educational system. Video can be a powerful tool to convey information, and can engage learners in more ways than text. And, as students are growing up in a world dominated by video, learning to create video and use it effectively to communicate has become an essential life skill.
As these three examples show, Moviestorm can play a role in education, helping students in a wide range of courses, at every age level.

Paul Carr and pupils

Paul Carr - Languages

English Teacher, Sakuragaoka Junior and Senior High School, Japan  

Paul Carr (aka kibishipaul) is a full time teacher of English as a second language at a private junior and senior high school in Japan.  Students’ ages range from 11 to 18. 

He uses it as a way to help teach conversational English in an entertaining way, covering a range of subjects as diverse as trip reports and anatomy.

“I was looking for some way of creating simple animated movies for use as AV materials for my classes. Moviestorm was exactly what I needed. The students are motivated not only by the movie lessons themselves but how the animations are made.”

Long Road Sixth Form College - Media Studies

Long Road is a college in Cambridge (UK) teaching A Levels and Diplomas to ages 16-18.

Students at Long Road have currently been using Moviestorm as part of their Level 2 Diploma, Media National Certificate course. They are using Moviestorm as part of their moving image unit and short film project, and are currently creating a 2-3 minute film in Moviestorm. 

Teacher Steven Thorne explains the benefits: “They are not limited by college or real life constrictions. It allows them to explore camera shots without going out with cameras and tripods. It is quite self contained, students do not need to look for friends to be actors, would not have trouble uploading film, or filling out risk assessments. It saves a lot of time and it’s a good process that works well.”

John West - Music Technology

Music Technology and Creative Media Teacher, Faringdon Community College, Oxfordshire UK   Teaching music, media and film studies to pupils across KS3, KS4, BTEC and A-Level, John has been using Moviestorm to bring animation into his teaching for over a year. 

One of the ways in which Faringdon has been using Moviestorm is in its KS3 music classes for a topic on music in film. Pupils are asked to create a film using Moviestorm and then add music to their completed animation.

“The biggest challenge with using animation is the huge range of possibilities - there are literally hundreds of ways you can use something like Moviestorm in teaching, so it’s a matter of pinning down the best ones,” says John. 

He goes on to enthuse about the possibilities for other teachers: “I’m already using it in music and creative media classes as well as in Citizenship teaching. I’m now going around talking to other teachers and there are really clear applications in areas such as languages and science that we’re keen to explore as a school.”

It’s great to see all these different uses for Moviestorm, in so many different types of school.  Read more about them on the Web site.

(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/18 at 04:07 AM

Luxurious teaching environment! By the way I really surprised to visit this construction. Thanks for the informative focus!

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