Journeys in Film believes in harnessing the storytelling power of film to educate the most visually literate generation in history.
Why Teach with Film
There are a number of reasons experts recommend using film in the classroom. According to the Social Science Research Network, 65 percent of people are visual learners. Add to that the increasing amount of visual communication among ALL our students as they tell their stories on Facebook walls and Youtube channels, sharing J-PEGS and VIDEOS.
In today’s age of mobile devices, Internet and video games, youth are constantly stimulated visually while they are out of school. For these visual learners, film can often convey a message better than printed or spoken words.
Films, television and other media platforms can provide an immediate and immersive window to a better understanding of the world and the issues impacting all of us.
- 56% of teens see at least one movie monthly in theaters
- 41% of teens watch an additional 2-to-3 movies at home monthly
- 80% of teens watch movies with their parents
- 65% of people are visual learners and 30% are auditory learners.
Students are connected 24/7 to all forms of media.
Films have long been overlooked as an educational tool. We teach our students literature that originated from all around the world, but we tend to forget that what often spurs the imagination is both visual and auditory. Films can liven up the classroom and bring energy to a course. We believe in the power of films to open our minds, inspire us to learn more, provide a bridge to better understanding major issues of 21st century concern, and compel us to make a difference.
When properly used, film can be a powerful educational tool in developing critical thinking skills and exposure to different perspectives. Our films and related materials are the next best thing to living the experience!
I like Journeys in Film because it just doesn’t teach you like a book. It’s better when you can actually see it happening. Films give a first hand view of places and stories.”
7th grade Chicago Public School student
Educating today’s youth requires more than textbooks. Film speaks to them in powerful ways. Why?
- Today’s students are more affected by visual media than ever before – it’s an integral part of their lives
- Students seldom need to be coaxed into watching films
- Film evokes emotion and provokes stimulating discussion
- Students learn best when they are excited
Nearly all of our students come into the classroom with a history of watching movies, and we suggest that teachers take advantage of this natural enthusiasm, transferring its energy to academic subjects.