Guest post: Think in skills rather than subjects

Guest post: Think in skills rather than subjects

We are passionate about film in our school. It provides exciting opportunities for content density and strengthens skills across the curriculum.

At Northwood Senior we are always looking for ways to improve ‘joined up thinking’, encouraging students to think in skills rather than subjects; HUE’s cameras enable us to exercise this ethos in a way that is flexible, functional, and fun.

Animation is the flavour of the month: students create stop-motion animation to explore narrative, strengthen their understanding of character, and to experiment with film as a tool for communication.

Recently, students have used animation to support their understanding of creating character, first drawing their character, then creating their movement, reactions, and surroundings in an animation, and finally recording their writing as a narrative voiceover.

The flexible neck of HUE’s camera made this so easy to achieve at our desks, and the quality of the resulting footage left students feeling proud of their work. You could have heard a pin drop in the room: total engagement was unquestionably achieved.

Classrooms are full of digital natives and our world is ever-more saturated by the moving image. Having the equipment to be able to champion film and filmmaking not only welcomes a flourishing industry into schools, it also engages students in a medium they enjoy and can manipulate with ease.

Using HUE’s products have made creative, cross-curricular learning easy to plan and achieve, and helps us in our mission to make learning relevant, independent, and enjoyable.

Written by Charlotte Skeoch from Northwood School in South West London.

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