This two-day, interactive, hands-on workshop focuses on using and creating videos as a way of understanding how visual media plays a role in society and education. We will explore how visual fluency and critical thinking can enable students to navigate and differentiate between truth from fiction and objectivity from influence. Moreover, getting behind the camera is a powerful tool to help develop and practice empathy by seeing the world through the eyes of others and developing intercultural understanding.  This workshop will equip you with the knowledge, skillset, mindset and toolset of a video producer - essential components that create empathy, respect and understanding of the world. 

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Who Should Attend

The workshop is ideal for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, technology coordinators, and school leaders. Prior video production experience is not required; however, participants who do have experience using and creating video will have opportunities to deepen their practice.


Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Explore media through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection

  • Be equipped to help develop critical thinking, media and visual fluency and empathy in young people

  • Design and create a short video production for use in a school setting

  • Practice key video production strategies and processes for use with teachers and students.

  • Understand the value of using video for representation, reflection and interaction in support of learning.

  • Participants will develop a list of projects and lessons that can be incorporated immediately at their own school site. 




1-  Developing Media and Visual Fluency

As an introduction to the workshop, we will learn to decode the messages that we are receiving from common areas of mass media.  Participants will explore media's influence and employ critical thinking and empathy to create an active stance towards both consuming and creating media.


2- Introduction to the Cinematic Narrative

Familiarizing yourself with the narrative being told using cinematic device. After 100 years of cinematic history, movies typically use a common language to support their narratives. Participants will recognize why filmmakers choose certain shots, angles, transitions and more.  We will look at video production with a lens on community engagement and service-learning while developing communication skills for today’s media-rich world.


3 - Telling Your Story with Video

Videos are opportunities to create & showcase your story of place. By working within the community, students learn to respect and understand the world around them as individuals and members of society. As filmmakers, your students will see through the eyes of others, develop a deep sense of empathy and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to project manage the creative process.  

We will discover the contemporary, geographical, social, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, the community and environments through video production and be able to share this with our students. 


4 - Leveraging the Power of Video in every class

In a student-centered classroom, the use of video and video production can enhance the role of the teacher, deepen subject matter understanding and student self-assessment. Guided activities help participants develop the skills to use a range of applications that support classroom goals. Moving beyond a video production project, we will learn how we can use readily available video technologies to support key metacognitive processes in everyday class situations. From video reflections to collecting evidence of learning for digital portfolios, video brings the thinking process to life.

Session Leader

Jim Sill is an educational consultant who enjoys a great story and loves inspiring people to tell theirs. As a former television producer, Jim Sill has been working in education for almost 20 years. Using his industry experience, he created an award-winning video production program in Central California. By involving students in real-world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state and national levels.  In 2012, Jim was featured on Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production. 


Today, Jim lives in Melbourne, Australia and has worked with teachers on all 7 continents. He works with schools across Australia/New Zealand  leading professional development workshops and helping to develop educational initiatives on using video for social change, understanding and developing Cinematic Narrative techniques, encouraging a creative student, Google in the Classroom, and much more. 

Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.