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Inspiring Student Filmmakers

Student filming using an iPad


The challenge for any teacher is knowing what their students know and understand.  What is the secret to making their learning ‘visible’ and ‘observable’?

The stem.T4L team have developed a five-part series called 'The Student Filmmaker' (Intranet)  to introduce NSW Public School students to video making skills they can use to demonstrate their understanding of the ideas and concepts taught during class. 

Empower your students to capture, edit and share multi-modal media using tools provided by the NSW Department of Education to all teachers and students in NSW Public Schools.

Please note the course materials are only accessible to students and teachers within NSW Public Schools. 

  • Each week, a new self-paced module will be released that students can use to build their skills.
  • Each Module will include a student task they can submit to support teachers tracking student engagement and progress.
  • Each module will take 30  to 45 minutes to complete, including the student task. 
  • These new skills can then be applied to any key learning area.

As the content becomes available it will be linked in the Course Outline below, with new modules released every Friday! 

Module 1 - Introduction to screen recording (Intranet)

  • Which screen-recording tool will you use?
    • Quicktime for Mac.
    • PowerPoint.
    • iOS screen recorder.
    • Offline Screencast-O-Matic.
  • Sharing the video with your teacher

Module 2 - Camera and sound capture techniques (Intranet)

  • Tricks for better video and audio.
  • Techniques for good lighting.
  • Framing and composition.

Module 3 - Start messing with your timeline - Editing (Intranet)

  • iMovie & Clips on iPad.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements.
  • Windows Video Editor.
  • File management.

Module 4 - Planning for a better film (Intranet)

  • Story-boarding & planning.
  • Scripts.
  • Location choice and features.

Module 5 - Final edits and publishing (Intranet)

  • One last look at your timeline.
  • Sharing your video with people that matter.