Lights, Camera, Workshop!

September 22nd, 2007

Ok, again, I’ve fallen into the rut where I’ve not been able to step over to my home computer and sit down and create a blog post. For the DEN or for my own Seeking the Wisdom blog. For those that I’ve had a chance to talk to or have kept up with my other blog know that it’s been a very trying start of year for me at my school. Our principal resigned effective immediately on Monday so that only adds to the situation. Alas, I feel a calming peace approaching us at my school. Why am I sharing all this dirty laundry, mostly because an explanation for my tardiness in posting I guess.

Enough depressive news of me. Onto the good stuff.

Now for the exciting news…on Saturday, October 13th, 2007 the Florida DEN Leadership Council will be hosting for you Florida DEN members American Film Institute’s Screen Education Training. In this hands-on workshop, teachers and administrators of all grade levels and subjects will learn how to use filmmaking as a tool to engage student learning. Through experiential lessons, participants will learn to shoot, plan edit and critique film and make connections to their curricula. Participants will preview the program’s newest curriculum and professional development components, including the program resources now available at Discovery Education’s, and hear the latest program research findings. Participants will understand the premise behind AFI’s development of the Screen Education program, stemming from its 40 year history as a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Introducing digital filmmaking into the K-12 classroom can capitalize on the appeal and excitement of collaborative storytelling through moving images as a means to an end-the mastery of traditional subject matter. Learning to understand, consume, evaluate and especially to create media for the screen can improve students’ involvement in the classroom, expertise in appropriate use of technology, academic performance and social skills. AFI believes the first step is to engage educators and provide them with the skills, information and confidence to navigate a technology-based environment. (Thank you Rosie in AZ for letting me to ‘not’ have to reinvent the wheel!!)

The Important Particulars
When: Saturday, 10-13-07
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Location: Lake Marion Creek School (Polk County, FL) 3055 Lake Marion Creek Drive Poinciana, FL 34759
Size: Limited to 50 Participants
How to sign up: Send Me (Tom Turner) an email at:  thomas(dot)turner(at)polk(dash)fl(dot)net  ( stating your intentions and wishes to partake in this wonderful event.

I’m sure spots will fill up PRETTY fast, so please don’t hesitate to get your name on the list. Once spots are filled I will send out an email with directions, etc. My school is so new it is not even on mapquest, so I will need to create directions for you.


This was originally posted by Tom on the old version of the blog but didn’t make the transfer to the new blog.  See you in October!