The channel, which was launched late last year, features professionally edited short films sharing some of the great work being carried out in South Australian schools.
“Communication is absolutely critical, so ClassMovies seemed a really good way to promote stories of teachers, in particular the work that they were doing around professional learning,” Teacher’s Registration Board South Australia registrar Peter Lind says.
ClassMovies connects teachers with Australian film school graduates, to take the obstacle of technical know-how out of the movie-making equation.
Teachers shoot the footage they want to share, and budding young film makers edit the footage to create authentic classroom stories, all the while gaining valuable industry experience.
“ClassMovies came about because it was clear that it was very difficult for teachers to create films about their practice in the classroom,” ClassMovies CEO Phillip Lewis says.
“And I don’t mean just snipping a little bit of video and uploading it to YouTube, but actually telling a proper story, in their words, about what they’re doing in the classroom.
“...It was really in order to give all teachers really simple tools to enable them to become filmmakers, and tell their stories in an authentic way,” he adds.
Lind says the board’s channel was very enthusiastically received at the launch, and he looks forward to watching as the content it houses continues to grow.
“I think, ultimately, we want to extend into a number of the key areas of project work,” he explains.
“Queensland College of Teachers did a really good job [with ClassMovies] on their newly qualified teachers, so we’d like to be able to expand that, because we’re doing a big piece of work on that this year.”
As news of this exciting way of sharing best practice spreads, more and more educators are discovering filmmaking as a powerful PD tool.
“The New South Wales Department of Education is using, what is effectively a technology platform, because ClassMovies is a essentially a technology platform, they’re using it to allow 70,000 teachers, across 2200 public schools to be able to share their practice, whether it’s professional development or standards, with teachers in the community,” Lewis says.
“You know the old adage, ‘a picture tells a thousand words’, well, today there’s research that says a one-minute video tells 1.8 million words, and people are wanting to consume information, whether it’s about professional development, or a particular story, through the medium of video,” he adds.