Driving this explosion is today’s youth. Having grown up comfortably amidst emerging digital storytelling tools they naturally seek to connect with others through their cameras and their camera enabled phones, tablets, laptops and other devices. We have this tremendous outpouring of activity and creation by young people around the world passionately dedicating many hours of their day into the creation of personal video projects.
But at the very same time, we are also witnessing a crisis in schools, with increasing drop out rates, disengaged learners, and students generally aggravated that school is boring, irrelevant and disconnected from their real lives. Why do we not pay attention to this gap in passion?
As educators, mentors and parents, we need to realize that for an increasing number of students, cameras are the new keyboard, and video production and viewing has become a large and meaningful part of these young people’s daily landscape.
This is where filmmaking in the classroom comes in. It’s an opportunity to connect students’ passion for creating media with our educational objectives to provide students with meaningful, relevant learning.
Personal filmmaking, made viable through today’s inexpensive and intuitive technologies, gives students an opportunity to express themselves in a modern dynamic language and at the same time, provides them with a methodology to creatively engage in the investigation of the world in which they live.”
- Dr. Maher Bahloul