Publication date:16 January 2014
Length of book:164 pages
Have you ever had an idea for a book, a movie, or a TV show? Chances are that you’ve had many. Today’s students, who are coming of age in a world that is increasingly mediated by smartphones, pads, pods, apps, and the Internet, are even more likely to think of their lives and experiences in terms of stories. Unlocking the Moviemaking Mind explores how our innate abilities as storytellers can be used in the K-12 classroom to stimulate new approaches to learning. Relying on data collected during a multi-year research project in a variety of school settings, this book relies on story and synthesis to present tried and true methods of introducing media making practices in the classroom. Unlocking the Moviemaking Mind also offers strategies for overcoming individual and systematic barriers that educators and administrators are likely to encounter when incorporating storytelling into their curricula. Moreover, the book broaches topics that are especially germane to today’s students, including literacy, motivation, and experiential learning.
Through dogged reporting and captivating research Unlocking the Moviemaking Mind masterfully conveys how and why video production can and should be utilized in the K-12 classroom. It’s a giant feat, accomplished in a fascinating, easy-to-read narrative—filled with not only intricate case studies, but also heartfelt messages about how effective use of technology (in this case, cameras) greatly assists digital natives in seeing the relevance of what and how they learn. Unlocking the Moviemaking Mind is essential reading for any teacher, parent, or coach seeking to inspire and make learning relevant to today’s digital natives.