An online version of the American Film Institute's (AFI) K-12 screen education program, "LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION!," is now available on Discovery's unitedstreaming service.
The program trains teachers to use filmmaking as a method to engage students in the learning process. The video-based modules profile teachers and students as they incorporate the techniques and collaborative process of filmmaking into the study of traditional academic subjects.
The online program follows the sequence of the five-part AFI Screen Education process. Instruction begins with "The Door Scene," an activity in which teachers are given a video camera and instructed to interpret and shoot a scripted scenario involving a person opening a door. The four additional parts of the curriculum are Script Development; Scriptwriting & Storyboarding; Production & Filming; Editing; and Exhibit, Review, Reflect.
Since its inception five years ago as a workshop-based program, AFI K-12 Screen Education has provided teachers with hands-on experience in scriptwriting, storyboarding, and shooting and editing. In the classroom, the program has been used across the curriculum, in subject areas including English, math, science, and social studies. The approach has been shown to be especially well-suited for special needs, gifted and talented, advanced placement, and English as a second language students.
The American Film Institute, http://www.afi.com/.
Discovery Education, http://www.discoveryeducation.com/.