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Film and television school launches free on-line resources for K-10

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Video might have killed the radio star but the internet hasn’t displaced video at all, in fact video content is predicted to account for 80% of global internet traffic by next year.

So, video literacy is an essential skill and The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has launched MEDIA LAB, a free online resource for primary and secondary teachers which helps to teach it.

The resource features practical, creative and tangible education experiences that can be used across the school curriculum, and from Kindy through to Year 10.

“AFTRS has developed our knowledge and resources over more than 40 years and we want to share this in a way that has a real impact on young Australians – to equip the next generation with the essential tools to inspire creativity and entrepreneurialism,” said AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow.

“We want to make sure that Australian primary and secondary students have the storytelling and technical skills to be part of this new world.”

AFTRS consulted with a range of teachers in developing the resources, which include lesson plans, student worksheets and video content to deliver learning on each topic, in either sequential or mix-and match format. The initial resources target skills in filmmaking, documentary, podcasting, stop motion and screenwriting.

Outreach to primary and secondary students is an essential component of the AFTRS five-year plan, Future Vision 2021, launched last year, which concluded that the School should reach a wider and more diverse audience, and develop the next generation of screen storytellers.

Media Lab: key features

  • Available from 10 April at https://medialab.aftrs.edu.au/
  • Free of charge to primary and secondary teachers and their students
  • Specifically targeted at Australian teachers and students.
  • Use as either sequenced or mix-and-match resources
  • Stand-alone worksheets for in-class or homework exercises
  • Australian examples that are copyright checked
  • Instructional videos and FAQs
  • Accessible nationwide through an online platform.

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