How do we prepare our young people for an unknown future? What kind of skills do they need and how can we support teachers to engage and excite young people in the classroom?  Developed by Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), the Teaching with Documentary Film and Filmmaking course provides a framework and tools to support teaching students how to make documentary films using mobile devices and free apps.

The Future Work Skills 2020 report by the Apollo Research Institute lists ‘new media literacy’ as one of ten work skills young people will require in the work force of the near future. Already, the text-based Internet is transforming to favour video, animation, and other more visual communication media. In a world where millions of users are generating and viewing multimedia content from their devices and exerting an enormous influence on culture, video making is becoming a highly valued skill.

Media education is now a mandatory component within the new Australian national curriculum, which sets out a framework that encompasses core knowledge, understanding and skills critical to 21st century learning. This will position Australia as the only country to require media education as a compulsory aspect of Arts education and one of the first to implement a sequenced national media education curriculum from pre-school to year 12.

The DAF.ed Teaching with Documentary Film and Filmmaking course is supporting teachers to enhance their lessons – No big budgets. No previous experience required. They are offering courses to teach skills on how to use documentary film and filmmaking in the classroom. They also share some of their knowledge and learning through their blog and provide their top picks engaging documentary film content with activities mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

Register your interest or find out more about DAF.ed here.

Photo courtesy of Darcy Moore, Deputy Principal Dapto High School https://www.flickr.com/photos/darcymoore/