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Building empathy and critical thinking through video production is a Course

Building empathy and critical thinking through video production

Starts Aug 4, 2020

$400 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Session 1:  Tuesday 4 August 2020, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Session 2:  Tuesday 1 September 2020, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm


Online  - a zoom link will be available 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are a classroom teacher, instructional coach, technology coordinator or school leader. Prior video production experience is not required; however, participants who do have experience using and creating video will have opportunities to deepen their practice.


This two half-day, interactive webinar 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 and fiction, and objectivity and influence.

Moreover, getting behind the camera is a powerful tool to help develop and practise 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.

Modules include: Developing media and visual fluency; Introduction to the cinematic narrative; Telling your story with video and Leveraging the power of video in every class.

“Stories bring us from one reality to another.” 

Trinda Latherow

Key takeaways              

  • ability to explore media through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection
  • strategies to help develop critical thinking, media and visual fluency and empathy in young people
  • a short video production for use in a school setting
  • key video production strategies and processes for use with teachers and students
  • increased understanding of the value of using video for representation, reflection and interaction in support of learning
  • a list of projects and lessons that can be incorporated immediately at their own school site.

Presenter information

Jim Sill               

After working in the TV and film business, Jim Sill spent many years as an award-winning video production teacher in California assisting students to produce service projects that addressed the issues impacting teens. His work in the classroom was featured in Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series.

As a Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator, Jim specialises in Google’s collaborative tools, the creative student, and visual/media literacy. He has worked with teachers on all 7 continents but calls Melbourne his home.