We know that combining digital filmmaking with traditional literacy objectives provides children with a clear, purposeful end-goal. An understanding that the process of writing – the planning, drafting and revising – is integral to the quality of that digital end-goal.
What’s more, as teachers, using edtech (such as tablets or apps like iMovie) enables us to model learning by simply being at ease with not knowing everything in front of children. Instead, these activities provide opportunities for children to find answers for themselves. The simple use of a tablet is all it takes to get going.
With LitFilmFest, by simply downloading and teaching one of the free LitFilmFest projects, teachers and their classes are in with the chance to win either a YouTube filming day at their school or an invitation to watch their classroom efforts at a regional cinema.
With winners being chosen every single month between now and May, we’ve already got our hands on the latest winning films. So to give you a taster of what your class could achieve, we present the November winners below. Remember – these films have been professionally recorded and edited as part of the prize, so you don’t have to be a tech wizard teacher to enter! The team at LitFilmFest are far more interested in pupils writing and enthusiasm when judging submissions.
Without further ado:
Kitchen Kid, as featured on BBC GoodFood (Winning School: Hotham Primary, London and St John’s Primary, Wirral): This 10 lesson unit combines the topic of healthy eating with instruction writing.
Pupil Parliament, supported by Houses of Parliament (Winning School: Bryn Deri Primary): A 10 lesson unit combining politics, British values & report writing.
Masters of the Digiverse, supported by Adobe (Winning school: Cumwhinton Primary, Cumbria): A five lesson project exploring online safety and balanced arguments.
Change It, supported by Change.Org (Winning school: Coddington School, Newark): This 10 lesson persuasive writing unit challenges pupils to tackle the social or environmental issue of their choice and shows them the power of their own voice.
We were blown away by entries to our trailer category too – our shortest projects, supported by the Literacy Shed. Our selected winner was from West Witney Primary, Oxfordshire, for their Frightful Film Trailer:
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