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There is magic in watching a film. The power of this medium to capture stories, present it visually, and evoke emotions out of its audience is but a gift from contemporary entertainment. But this media also has its downsides especially if themes are regressive, negative, or simply lack insight, which sadly what children are watching, these days, due to the accessibility of these films through smartphones. Educators have a role to guarantee that students are watching films that affect their learning process positively. To do that, they can tickle their student’s interest factor for film production, and they can also provide space for film criticism.
Let’s start with film criticism. This is one strategy of which educators have tried in order to build viewership from their own students. Films that bring out the need for analysis typically provide visual clips of a particular time and era or the lifestyle of a historical figure. Another is thematic films that open conversation on culture, race, and gender. These films are relatable, and so students can draw out validation from their personal lives as they watch to critic the film. The subtitles in these videos may even aid in reading comprehension, and language learning.
Educators can also encourage students to produce films for their projects, and even for personal use. They can do away with vlogging production, and really execute a film that is well thought of and something that can be screened for the purpose of learning. Films that discuss world issues like conservation, sustainable goals, and even social concern for women and LGBT, are just some of the videos they can do.
To get an idea of how films can be used for your classes, watch these videos here produced by fellow educators and their students.