Online Training

FutureLearn Ferns Academy
FutureLearn Ferns Academy

Using Film to Teach Literacy Online and in the Classroom

Starting 7 September 2020, this two-week, online course will explore a range of strategies and frameworks that you can implement in your lessons, wherever they are taking place this academic year. You'll learn how film can be used to engage and inspire young people in literacy lessons, and improve their progress and levels of attainment in both reading and writing.

During the course, you will:

  • Explore the benefits of using film to support a blended learning approach
  • Discover how film can be used to develop a range of literacy skills, including comprehension, analysis and narrative writing
  • Learn to facilitate film analysis using our simple 3Cs and 3Ss framework
  • Gain access to classroom-ready, downloadable resources and an exclusive playlist of short films to share with your learners
  • Connect and share best practice with other educators on the course.

Filmmaking and Animation Online and in the Classroom

We've updated our popular course to help you consider online strategies for delivering filmmaking and animation activities during times of remote learning. Starting on 14 September 2020, this three-week course will teach you how to use simple filmmaking and animation techniques to aid assessment and attainment across the curriculum for young people aged 5-19.

You'll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools to encourage active learning and enable pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum.

On this course you will:

  • Explore how to make simple films and animations with pupils
  • Consider how to use filmmaking as a tool for assessment
  • Learn how to evaluate the filmmaking process ensuring progression
  • Devise a range of filmmaking briefs that can ensure filmmaking projects are curriculum-focused
  • Plan how to run in-class filmmaking projects efficiently
  • Learn how to use a range of filmmaking software.

Developing Literacy: A Journey from Still Image to Film

Recent research has shown that using still and moving images in the classroom have a sustainable, positive impact on young people's literacy skills.

This free, two week online course specially designed for teachers, will show you how to use images to create extended writing, poetry and pupil-made-films. We are delighted to be presenting this course in collaboration with the Tate Year 3 Project with artwork from the Tate's permanent collection being used as a stimuli for course activities and discussion.

During the course, you will: 

  • Discover how to analyse still and moving images using key frameworks
  • Learn how to use imagery as a catalyst for extended writing and a tool for attainment
  • Explore the history of imagery
  • Create poetry through imagery and make a short film using still images
  • Animate and annotate an image-of-the-self (selfie)

Note: This course is not currently running, but to be notified when it next runs, you can register your interest below.

Short Film in Language Teaching

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.

During the course, you will:

  • Learn key pedagogies and approaches to teaching languages using short film
  • Work with creative technologies in language learning
  • Assess language learning using the different dimensions of film including sound, image and time
  • Learn about film language and dialogue
  • Discover how film sound, music and genre can be exploited for language learning
  • Explore body language, facial expression and the image in film, for use in a language classroom

Note: This course is not currently running, but to be notified when it next runs, you can register your interest below.