Image: Lights, Camera… Engagement!
Students are no longer passive receivers of content, but active designers of their own learning. One way to accomplish this is through the opportunities for self-expression through visual communication. Camera and film speak a universal language that knows no barriers. The process of making a film enhances social skills through the physical interaction that occurs with peers and adults. Furthermore, the finished product serves as a permanent reminder of the content learned by each person which reinforces the student’s sense of worth. Students develop a heightened awareness of their surroundings when working with film production. Awareness of the environment encourages a willingness to accept the responsibility that comes with real-life roles. Consciousness is raised once students view themselves. A connection between the present and the future can occur which results in a greater sense of control over future events. Lastly, retention of basic skills is improved since video production is a multi-sensory experience. Students see, hear, and participate in the activity. positive feedback and repetition of learned material reinforce concepts related to video production. The balance between new skills and those already attained offers students more opportunities for success.