“Education in the 21st century is a high stakes enterprise. Our students compete on a global stage and they need new skills to prepare them for further study and jobs – many of which have not yet been created. They need skills we call the 4Cs: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. The rate of change in technology and in society is so rapid that to prepare young people to live, work and be successful in the 21st century, they will need the ability to think both creatively and critically, problem-solve and work collaboratively.”
As teachers juggle the ever-increasing demands of their profession, they are being asked to prepare their students for jobs that have not yet been created.
What an overwhelming concept!
How can teachers equip their students for this Brave New World?
Film-making is a perfect vehicle for students to develop the skills necessary to live, work and be successful in the 21st Century.
Here are the top 10 reasons why film-making caters for 21st Century Learning.
1. Film-making encourages creative-thinking
Have you seen Ken Robinson’s legendary TED Talk on “How schools kill creativity?”
The new National Curriculum explicitly outlines the need to teach and embed creative thinking across learning areas.
Film-making requires participants to use their imaginations and to take creative risks. It “involves students in learning to generate and apply new ideas in specific contexts, seeing existing situations in a new way, identifying alternative explanations, and seeing or making new links that generate a positive outcome. This includes combining parts to form something original, sifting and refining ideas to discover possibilities, constructing theories and objects, and acting on intuition” which is the very definition of creative thinking as per the National Curriculum.