Celebrating who we are

This short film is the result of a collaboration between our digital media guru Sam McIntosh and year 12 Media student Ollie Manton from the Geelong College.

Ollie stated, “The journey began on paper, concepts were drawn, presented and approved. Then the various film shoots were planned and shot. We used a variety of cameras; a #BlackMagicURSA, #PanasonicGH5, #Canon5D & 7D, an OSMO and a drone.”

The film was ‘co-shot’ and ‘co-edited’ across file hosting service Dropbox. Sam and Ollie would meet at various points to discuss the direction and styling of the film. Always sharing ideas and thoughts, the two passionate film-makers made light work of a large project. “Many of our catch ups were more about picking apart Christopher Nolan films or how to do particular shots with specific cameras. The catch ups were always fun and collaborative.”

Students and teachers working together is central to the Geelong College Vision for Learning.

Inspiring work by Sam and Ollie.

Learning is…

At the end of 2015, we asked staff to volunteer some time in front of the camera to respond to the statement ‘Learning is…’

The purpose of this was twofold;

  1. To show that in a large school, learning and our understanding of it, is something that is deeply personal and yet, we share some common threads irrespective of what subjects or year levels we teach;
  2. To build culture across our community of teaching staff from early learning through to VCE

Whilst the video is still a few weeks away, we shared some of the ‘out-takes’ or ‘bloopers’ yesterday with staff. Great fun!

Password is ‘bloopers.’

A big shout out to Sam McIntosh for the great work behind the camera. Look forward to sharing the final video in the coming weeks.

Bloopers from Sam McIntosh on Vimeo.

Student Choice

One of the main concerns I hear from teaching staff in general, is that they do not have the time. I understand their concerns – I really do. Teachers are being asked to do more and more and not being given any extra time to do so.

In 2009, a Year 7 Home Economics teacher that I have previously done some work with, had for the past several years, got her students to produce a written report on Kitchen Safety. You know the type, “Write a 2000 word essay on Kitchen Safety.”After having several discussions about students use of and abilities with ICT, I asked her to consider giving students some choice. I said,“What about giving students the opportunity to present their work using some form of multimedia – what about a video?” 

The teacher replied, “But I don’t know how to make a video.” I replied, “Great! With ubiquitous access to the internet, a teacher no longer has to know how to do everything.The small shifts teachers can make in their practice involve giving students choice, relinquishing control and becoming a learner again. Relinquish control and you may be surprised at what your students are capable of!”

The teacher in question decided to give the students the opportunity to submit some form of multimedia presentation instead. This work was to be done at home and with no teacher guidance.

This is a sample of the type of work submitted. The teacher in question was absolutely blown away. She had no idea that her students were capable of something like this.


Now you decide. Which is better? This short movie or a “googled” written report on Kitchen Safety?

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age brought together top thought leaders in science and technology, informal and formal education, entertainment media, research, philanthropy, and policy to create and act upon a breakthrough strategy for scaling-up effective models of teaching and learning for children.
The forum was hosted by Google at Google Headquarters in October 2009 in cooperation with Common Sense Media and the MacArthur Foundation.

The following session was thought-provoking and was one that I really enjoyed. It was titled “The Next Revolution in Learning.”

The other sessions at Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age include:

Keynote by Geoff Canada
Teachers for a Digital Age
Literacy 2.0
New Learning Designs
Breakthrough Ideas to Drive Student Success

I highly recommend that you subscribe to the Google Channel from Youtube if you find this sort of thing interesting.