Online Training

FutureLearn Ferns Academy
FutureLearn Ferns Academy

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom

Starting from 23 September, 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.

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)

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.

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.

Find out more in our guest post for FutureLearn.

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