Online Training

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom: Discover how to create films and animation with your pupils

Beginning on 19 March 2018 this free, three week online course will help anyone working with young people aged 5-19 to engage them in learning through simple filmmaking and animation. You'll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools for encouraging active learning and enabling pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum.

During the course, you will:

  • Learn how even simple equipment can be used to produce high-quality short films in the classroom
  • Apply this knowledge to the classroom, creating films that help raise attainment
  • Discover a range of top tips to help you hone your filmmaking skills
  • Learn how to produce simple films and animations with your students
  • Learn how to use this creative art-form as an assessment tool.

Teaching Literacy Through Film

Why use film to teach literacy? Our free online course, in partnership with film education experts from the British Film Institute (BFI) will examine the debate surrounding film as a vehicle for teaching literacy, alongside recent evidence demonstrating significant improvements in children's reading and writing through use of film texts.

We'll discover how film can be used to develop a range of abilities - decoding, inference and analysis - as well as expanding creativity and improving vocabulary.

Beginning on 5 Feb 2018, this four week course will explore a range of strategies and frameworks that you can use to engage and inspire young people when teaching literacy, and improve their progress and levels of attainment in both reading and writing.

You'll have the opportunity to share best practice, download classroom-ready resources - including how-to guides, activities and worksheets - and access an exclusive playlist of short films and clips to use in school.

We will also discuss the benefits of creating film content in the classroom and how this can be used to aid deep learning, which is more easily retained. You'll have the opportunity to make your own short film for use in the classroom, which can be shared with fellow educators on a YouTube playlist.

The course is open to anyone worldwide, so that you can share ideas and best practice with other literacy teachers around the globe, providing a rich, cultural learning experience for all.

In discussions, we'll ask you to give feedback on the activities you've been trying out in class, so that you benefit from real-time tutoring from our expert educators.

And if you're a UK educator working with young people aged 5-19, you can follow up this course with free face-to-face training from Into Film.

Find out more in our guest post for FutureLearn.

Short Film in Language Teaching

Beginning on 15 January 2018, this free, three-week course in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) explores how teaching with short film can bring alive the learning of languages and introduce rich cultural content to lessons.

Learners of a new language face exciting challenges in developing their abilities to speak, listen, read and write and in learning about other cultures. Through short film, teachers can bring new worlds into the classroom and bring language learning alive.

Research has shown that short film has much to offer language teachers in helping learners develop their knowledge of language and cultural awareness. This online course will share ways of teaching languages through the medium of short film that will inspire and motivate both teacher and learner, and improve attainment significantly.

What topics will you cover?

  • Some key pedagogies and approaches to teaching languages using short film.
  • Working with creative technologies in language learning.
  • Assessing language learning using the different dimensions of film including sound, image and time.
  • Film language, dialogue and language learning.
  • How film sound can be exploited for language learning.
  • Teaching with film music and genre.
  • How the varying dimensions of the film image can be used in language teaching and learning.
  • Exploring body language, facial expression and the image in film, for use in the languages classroom.
  • Film time, tenses and languages.