The Films for Learning (FFL) project has been inspiring schools for two years now to create their own educational videos and share them with others online. As sponsors of FFL, Microsoft has helped to re-launch their collaborative website and online community in the hope that more students, schools and teachers will get involved and create and post their own video productions for others to use as educational resources.
Currently around 50 schools in the UK contribute to the site and all of the videos submitted are vetted by teaching professionals to ensure the content is relevant, safe and appropriate. If you'd like to join in but are not sure your (and your students?) film-making abilities are up to scratch, you could take advantage of the activity and training days provided by FFL community members in the form of a travelling film lab.
All you need to do to join the FFL community is register on the site and then you can upload your first video and add it to the 147 already online. The film theatre is built using Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology so if you haven't already got it, download a free copy now.
For those of you who already have good video production skills, you should showcase them in the Capture It! competition by making a film that explores the big issues in Science, Technology, Maths or Engineering, to win prizes such as web cams, digital video recorders and copies of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate. The deadline for entries is June 13th 2008 and winners will be announced at the SSAT Science conference on July 1st 2008.