The Mobile Film Classroom

Digital Media Storytelling for the 21st Century.

Digital Media Storytelling for the 21st Century.

To collaborate with this provider, contact:

Manon Banta
Executive Director, The Mobile Film Classroom

239 1/2 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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323-459-2640

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Web Address:

www.mobilefilmclassroom.org

Background

Formally an enrichment program for The Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, The Mobile Film Classroom (MFC) is an independent nonprofit dedicated to teaching for educational outreach to underserved and at-risk youth in Los Angeles. A production studio-on-wheels, the MFC travels throughout greater Los Angeles to bring digital media storytelling instruction to students, grades 3-12, who do not have access to technology at their school or home. Our educational outreach programs meet VAPA and CTE Standards and provide a bridge from early cinema to modern filmmaking, empowering participants to articulate their experiences utilizing 21st Century digital media tools. Our professional development training mimics the students’ experience.

Program Objectives

Arts Integrated Instruction The training demonstrates how teachers can engage students in their own learning via arts integrated instruction by combining the technology students use daily with issues that matter to them and the subject of study into the learning experience. This creates a level of personal connection and added depth in the classroom through a creative inquiry-based process of teaching and learning.

Film history and visual vocabulary as a key 21st Century literacy. Understand the historical context of the of the art form and structure of visual language by learning the history of early cinema and how it innovated film, through the use of new technology, into a medium for storytelling. By viewing and analyzing film clips, participants learn how certain camera angles, frame composition and transitions can communicate ideas and emotions non-verbally.

Connecting Digital Storytelling into the Standards for Core Subjects through 21st Century Technology. Critical thinking, creative problem-solving, cooperation and team building, time & resource management and technology skills are developed in the process of creating a film. These can be applied across disciplines with students using media arts to deliver a report on environmental issues for a science class or create a silent film as part of a history lesson.

The Mobile Film Classroom - Digital Media Storytelling for the 21st Century is a hands-on digital media workshop designed for educators of all grade levels and subjects to demonstrate how digital technology may be incorporated into core subject instruction. Participants gain confidence by creating their own short video, an understanding of how to maximize technology tools available to them, and reflect on how to take their new skills back into the classroom. This fun training shows how teachers can engage students in their own learning via arts integrated instruction by combining the technology students use daily into the learning experience. This creates a level of personal connection and added depth in the classroom through a creative inquiry-based process of teaching and learning.

Structures

This program is a hands-on digital media enrichment workshop for teachers and administrators on how to use and incorporate digital technology into current curriculum and maximize the tools they already have available to them. During a three-hour course teachers are instructed in the basics of digital media filmmaking. The training demonstrates how teachers can engage students in learning via arts integrated instruction. The program creates a learning experience by combining technology that students use daily with stories of the students’ families, friends and personal goals, creating personal connection and depth through a creative inquiry-based process.

Methodology

The Mobile Film Classroom - Digital Media Storytelling for the 21st Century models ways in which educators can use technology at hand to engage students in learning, deepening their understanding of key VAPA standards such as critical thinking and demystifies technology for many educators.During the workshop, educators have a chance to reflect on best practices while experiencing what students do.

Participants' Experience

During a three-hour course in 21st century digital media storytelling, teachers are instructed in the basics of digital media filmmaking; learning to script, film, interview, narrate, incorporate photos, music and other digital media into a short documentary. The workshop starts with viewing film clips and student created projects to break down the essentails of film vocabulary and camera techniques. They are then given an assignment to go film for 30 minutes and then are guided through the editing process for a complete short film.

Classroom Relevancy

The training demonstrates how teachers can engage students in their own learning via arts integrated instruction by combining the technology students use daily with their stories of families, social issues and personal goals into the learning experience. This creates a level of personal connection and added depth in the classroom through a creative inquiry-based process of teaching and learning. Digital media literacy and production skills are necessary 21st Century skill for learning and in the workplace.

Literacy

Media production and critique builds deeper understanding of how visual media works. Developing the ability to think critically about visual media is a key literacy for success in the 21st century.

Technology

The Mobile Film Classroom is a California Media Arts Statewide CTE Program. Using digital storytelling is a key technology skill in the 21st Century.