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Moving Image Education

We have all watched thousands of hours of film, television and online video content, but how often do we think about how moving images are created and what they mean?

In this section you can read about the different ways you can use films for learning.

Literacy across learning

Scotland on Screen is being developed with literacy across learning in mind. Regular use of this website can allow learners to demonstrate progress in reading, critical literacy, listening and talking, digital literacy and writing.

The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence recognises that films are texts through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated. It is also understood that moving image texts provide opportunities to explore a wide range of subjects including history, technology, science, social studies, citizenship and the expressive arts.

A great deal of thought, effort, experience and organisation goes into the making of both fictional and factual films in order to communicate very precise meanings.

When viewing the films on this website, we want to encourage you to ask questions about the choices made by the filmmakers in planning, shooting and editing their films.

Scotland on Screen is a rich resource for creative and technical study that can help learners better understand all forms of narrative and discourse, and build confidence in self-directed learning and research.

The digital age

Screen media is the dominant form of cultural communication in this country.

Since the 1960s there has been a TV in virtually every home. Today the moving image is an unbiquitous aspect of our lives, whether we are working, watching TV, online or using interactive technologies. Children in Scotland consume, on average, forty hours of screen media every week.

We are very fortunate today in that almost everyone owns filmmaking technology of some sort whether it is a DV camera, digital stills camera with movie setting, mobile phone or tablet. Add to this the fact that every personal computer comes with a video-editing package integrated into the operating system, whether this be Windows Moviemaker or Apple iMovie, and it becomes clear that the production of screen texts is accessible to us all.

The purpose of Scotland on Screen is to help learners feel confident using this technology. Each page is geared toward encouraging the appreciation, critical analysis and creation of moving image texts.