Define and Refine Virtual Conference presented by Essential Screen Skills and ATOM QLD session information

Over the course of the 2 day virtual conference you can select to engage with the sessions outlined below. Note that not all sessions have been uploaded. There will also be opportunities to network with Media Arts Primary teachers, Media Arts in Practice teachers and FTVnM Senior Secondary teachers .

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Primary/Junior Secondary.
Cultivating Creativity with Ipad – Linda Pitt
To succeed in today’s world and to shape tomorrow’s, students need to tap into their creative potential and learn to express themselves in new and innovative ways. 

Join us to discover how the built-in creative tools on iPad can support students in learning in new ways. We will get hands-on with the tools that you and your students can leverage to capture great images, make movies, animations, music and digital sketches.
Apps required: 

From Little Things, Big Things Grow with Sofia Hobson
Prep through to year 6
Limited resources, or 1:1
Partners/groups/whole class
You will walk away from this workshop with ideas you can put into practice in your classroom as skill-builders or term units, whether you’re a specialist or a general classroom teacher. We will explore the use of apps and equipment and how they can assist your program.
For the ‘hands on’ part of our session you will need to download these free apps on your ipad:
Super Power FX – Superheroes

Media Arts Online with Judilyn Bauer
Successful engagement in Media Arts units in the time of COVID presented teachers and students with a range of challenges. The importance of creating content which is deliverable in face to face teaching as well as online is critical to the continued teaching of Media Arts in these changing times. Focusing on Year 7 and 8, a range of existing resources were adapted and flipped classrooms were devised on short notice. This unit of work required additional development as it was taught by both Media and non-Media specialists. Lessons were designed to provide differentiation in activities within each class, making activities accessible for a range of student learning styles. Given the unprecedented circumstances of teaching in 2020, the unit shows the capacity of Media Arts to adapt to diverse circumstances and still have future use in the Middle School.

Teaching and Learning Media Arts in Upper Primary with Rachel Beattie
This seminar explores approaches to analysis and critical thinking for TRAIL key concepts in Upper Primary Media Studies. Delegates will explore and discuss Teaching and Learning Experiences, Assessment Instruments and Unit Planning designed to engage a student’s interest in meaning making and audience positioning in Film and Visual Literacy. A sample Unit Plan and resources will be presented.

Wonder and Watch: crossing disciplines for deeper learning with Frances Constantine and Moneth Montemayor
As a result of COVID-19 remote learning a deep learning approach was taken to give students less assessment and a deeper dive into content and skills. The unit Wonder Watch was designed to bring two Fortitude Valley State Secondary College interdisciplinary courses, Making Meaning and Creative Lab, together to enable students to be engaged in comprehension activities while responding to each part of the novel ‘Wonder’ with creative challenges. Students learned skills for animating, foley sound and music composition leading to the final task of creating a book trailer. Unit designers Frances and Moneth will take you through the process of designing an interdisciplinary unit.

Production Skills
Creative Production Hacks with Angela Hasthorpe and Natasha Collis
Tired of a lack of creativity in your student productions? Do you want your students to reach their creative potential and think outside the box? You don’t need access to expensive equipment, you just need to refine your student’s creativity. Delegates will be provided with a range of simple production hacks, that will make any amateur film maker look like a pro. Arm yourself with a repertoire of creative production skills, like creating mood and atmosphere using natural lighting. Learn some simple editing tricks and experiment with film techniques. You need to have a camera (phone) and access to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Workshop – Teaching focus and depth of field with Joe Nucifora
Can you teach students to focus a camera and about depth of field in an online learning environment? 
Find out how Joe Nucifora created his own video presentation to do just that. Delegates will learn how to simplify the
technical in this workshop with many handy hints on presenting and teaching practical hands on camera skills online.

Junior and Senior Secondary
Teaching the TRAIL key concepts with Kelsey ClarkThe external examinations seem to place an emphasis on individual knowledge of each key concept of Film, television and New Media. To ensure students from junior and beyond know the difference between audience engagement and institutional interference you can create engaging lessons individually on each key concept. This will have an emphasis on getting students to apply this knowledge in written and practical settings.

Senior Secondary
What comes first? Technology or Storytelling? with Julia Lewis
Do students need hands on experience with the latest in technology? Do they need to know how to use expensive 8K cameras cine or cine lenses to learn the art of film making? 

Many film directors have argued that the technology doesn’t matter, it’s a good story that counts the most in making a great film. However, scripts like “Gravity” push the boundaries of visual effects and cinematography so that technology can evolve in the film-making industry. 

Can students learn the art of storytelling with DSLR cameras, cheap video cameras or even mobile phones? Do they even need AVID or Premiere Pro to learn the basics of editing? 

Delegates will be led through a range of scenarios to discover what skills the students of 2021 and beyond will need to succeed in the Screen industry.

Breaking it down with Aimee Gust
In this workshop I’ll take you through how an ISMG broken down into an assessment roadmap, encouraging students to drive their own learning and do the heavy lifting in your classes. It’s a simple concept involving graphic organisers, but the outcomes are very positive! I’ll do this for Unit 3 / 4, but the concept works in all year levels. 
You’ll need access to the General FTVNM Syllabus, and a large sheet of paper and a pen.

The Self-Reflexive Classroom: Metacognition and Aesthetics in the context of Unit 4 Identity with Matthew R Beattie
Aesthetics that are employed by students are typically drawn from observations of convention in existing films. It is in this way that students are able to explore Experimentation in order to form Identity within Unit 4. This seminar will introduce alternative ways to creating Identity by discussing metacognitive approaches to explore potential relationships between Aesthetics and Identity. Ideas for Teaching and Learning Experiences and Assessment Instruments will also be discussed with delegates.

The Expressive Classroom: Teaching Emerging Technologies in Unit 2 Story Forms with Matthew R Beattie
This seminar will offer an alternative approach to Teaching and Learning in Unit 2 by exploring Narrative and Story within the context of Site-Specific Authorship. Storytelling is increasingly informed by an intermingling of the physical space with the digital context. This has resulted in the rise of the Re-Narration of Space and Mobile Narratives within Location-Specific Data and GPS Tracking. Platforms such as Twitter will be discussed as an example of this recent trend. New forms of narrative fiction will include a focus on the Text-Message Micro-Narrative. Ideas for assessment instruments will also be discussed with delegates.

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