HOW IT WORKS
TOOL FOR EDUCATORS
Filmmaking For Good is a tool for educators to engage students inside of a larger educational experience that they are delivering. It is most ideally meant as a group activity, with small groups of students getting together to make a short video about an issue or cause that the group members are passionate about. For instance, if a college classroom has 100 students, they would be broken into 20 groups of 5 students to make a total of 20 videos in the classroom. Each student would pay for individual access to our course i.e. $59.95/student, and all 20 of that classroom’s videos will qualify to win our prize money. While our courses can be done by students individually (without an educator facilitating), that is not necessarily the spirit in which it was designed. Our experience shows that it is very difficult to get students to finish the entire course unless it’s mandatory inside of a classroom or educational setting. We know that many educators out there are teaching literacy and social media to their students, from middle school and high school to college. We have done implementations with organizations ranging from The Girl Scouts and The Boys and Girls Club, to Florida International University and Princeton. In each case, we collaborated with a specific educator who used our materials to teach a segment about media production inside of their classes. Filmmaking For Good is a turnkey project-based learning experience made to be embedded inside an educator agenda or syllabus.
VALUE TO SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION
While there remains a necessity to teach traditional school subjects, there must also be a priority on teaching 21st century skill sets to meet the demands of the future. Most students are obsessed with social media, and are already using their smartphones to tell stories to their friends and followers. While students have the technological tool to make videos that connect with the community, they don’t have the training in how to have a powerful voice on community issues that are important to them. Schools and organizations are using Filmmaking For Good to create user generated content from their students. In our courses, the students can pick any social issues to make a video about. With that said, they can also be given or assigned a topic, including making videos about the school/organizations for their use for marketing/social media platforms. Our assignments usually spark the imagination and ignite the passion of our students. We recognize that educators want to teach students video production, but don’t necessarily have the professional training to lead a focused, consistent and comprehensive learning experience to the students. We want to teach them not how to make one single video, but rather how to use their digital media skills for the betterment of the community ongoingly.
SOCIAL CHANGE VIDEO COMPETITION
Filmmaking For Good has raised money to offer prizes to students taking our courses in Spring of 2022. The idea is to get students excited about producing videos in small groups, and incentivizing to compete against each other from all around the world. Our prizes help educators to get students excited about using media technology for good. To learn more about our Social Change Video Competition visit: https://filmmakingforgood.com/collaborate/
VIRTUALLY/IN REAL LIFE/HYBRID
Our courses can be lead virtually, in real life, or a hybrid of the two. We wanted to make the courses adaptable to different learning environments, especially as COVID-19 was preventing groups of students from getting together and working in person. In either case, the educator assigns students to consume course material on their own time as individual homework. They then come together in groups to divide up the work load and each take on a handful of tasks related to the project. In the case of a college professor, Filmmaking For Good will send specific instructions to insert directly into the syllabus. The students then buy the course the same way they would buy a textbook. We have taught students face-to-face in the classroom, and we’ve led programs to students all across the country who never met in person.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT AND ACCESS
Our courses are designed to make sure that each student must consume all of the content themselves. Students will need internet access and a computer or phone to watch all the videos and work on all the worksheets. We track the level of completion for all students to ensure that they’ve watched every single video and downloaded every single assignment/worksheet. Each student has their own individualized access with a user ID and password that they must log into to consume the content. For that reason, it doesn’t make sense that one student in the group has a login that other students can use. In that case there is no way to confirm that the student gets what they came for.
COURSES & PRICING
Currently, there are 3 pricing models for Filmmaking For Good:
- Students pay individually using instructions and a registration code linked to their educator. For instance, a college professor might assign their students to purchase platform access, the same way that they would purchase a textbook.
- The school or organization pays for a certain number of students, and uploads a CSV file of their name and email address. The system then sends login information with an embedded registration code so that all students have access without costs to them.
- School/organization purchases a blanket license for a maximum number of students and a designated period of time.
FFG (16) ($59.95/student) https://filmmakingforgood.com/courses/ffg16/
FFG (1) ($29.95/student) https://filmmakingforgood.com/courses/ffg1/
**Scholarships available in case of financial need.**
Step 1: Choose a course from our course list.
Step 2: To enroll in a course, select “GET ACCESS NOW” and it will take you to the course page.
Step 3: To enroll in a course, select “ADD TO CART” and once it is in your cart, go to your cart to finish enrolling.
Step 4: Once in your cart, check out and input your payment info.
Step 5: Once you make your purchase, you will receive a welcome email from firstname.lastname@example.org and it will include login info/instructions.
Step 6: Once enrolled, login and you will see that you are now enrolled in the course you purchased.
Step 7: After enrolling, you will be able to access all of the course content and begin completing the course!
- Instructional Videos
- Sample Videos