Athole is a primary teacher, currently seconded to Education Scotland as a Development Officer for Social Studies. He has a vast experience of using film and visual literacy in the classroom, and is passionate about film as a means to enhance literacy through play, creativity and IDL.
Jennifer Jones Commonwealth Digital Project
Jennifer was the project coordinator for the Big Lottery Funded Glasgow 2014 Legacy project “Digital Commonwealth”. She is a part-time researcher, completing a PhD on major events and social media with a focus on citizen journalism. She is a digital media practitioner who has delivered materials, training and resource support for a number of third sector and cultural organisations.
The practice-research project “Digital Commonwealth” utilised digital storytelling techniques, including blogging, video, audio and social media as a method of exploring and sustaining digital participation within identified marginalised and unvoiced communities across Scotland. It used the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst and supported individuals and communities across Scotland to produce digital artefacts, shared online and archived as record of the community voice, often drowned out during the delivery of a media saturated major event.
David Griffith is professional filmmaker and film educator. In addition to writing, producing and directing for film and TV, he teaches Screenwriting at the University of Strathclyde CLL and Filmmaking at the SAE Institute. He has also written a hugely popular and widely used screenwriting guide for young people, ‘Crash Course in Screenwriting’ (Scottish Screen, 2003) and a practical guide to making films with groups of young people, ‘On the Move’ (Urban Learning Space, 2008). He is Chair of the Film Education Resource Development Group for Scottish Film Education.
Teaching young people how to structure and punctuate compelling written narratives is one of the most significant challenges facing teachers whatever their subject specialism.
While film may appear to some to be a transparent or even ‘illustrative’ medium, it is in fact a logical and consistent system of narratology with clearly defined sentences, paragraphs and chapters.
Filmmaker and screenwriting lecturer, David Griffith shows how a basic understanding of audio-visual language and rhetoric – as well as its correspondences (and differences) to sign-based texts – can be used in the classroom to teach young people the key concepts and choices that underlie and determine all forms of narrative construction, whether factual or fictional.
Bill has a wealth of experience in education, as a secondary English teacher, Head of Department and Depute Headteacher. He was a Programme Manager at Learning and Teaching Scotland during the development of Curriculum for Excellence and is a contributing author to ‘Scottish Education’, the definitive handbook for the profession in Scotland. He is also a lifelong advocate of Moving Image Education.
The Ten Tools were designed to provide teachers with a ‘route’ into the exploration of film and moving image in the classroom. They were assembled especially with inexperienced or beginner teachers in mind, and there is a deliberate attempt to avoid technical jargon wherever possible. They are not prescriptive, but should be used selectively and in combinations to suit the teacher and the learners. Each of the Ten Tools is accompanied by a list of potential discussion questions and typical activities. With practice, the teacher should come to know which of them will work best with any particular film text.
Claire is a primary teacher who has created learning resources for the National Library of Scotland using archive film texts from the Scottish Screen Archive and has previously written resources for the Glasgow Film Theatre. She has integrated moving images into all parts of her children’s learning over the past 12 years and is enthusiastic about teaching children to read the moving images in which they are immersed.
The Scottish Screen Archive (part of National Library of Scotland) preserves Scotland’s moving image heritage. Their online educational resource Scotland on Screen contains hundreds of fascinating clips and films to watch, discuss and use across the curriculum.