SHARP: "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" Pedagogical Kit

S.H.A.R.P European network introduces a new and FREE pedagogical resource for professionals interested in media education and new technologies.

The pedagogical kit "Teaching and Learning Digital Media" is intended for teachers, educators, trainers and others who want to improve their competences in the field of education about and through new media technologies. The central areas of inquiry are images (still imagery, films, videos) and web tool creation and application (platforms for information searches, for sharing, for producing media content, etc.).

The material is based on the educational experiences engendered during the S.H.A.R.P project by the different partners within their own contexts. These projects were conducted with different targets (e.g. students, teachers, adults, elderly people, minorities) and with particular topics (chosen from the main themes of Sharp: identity, memory, territory....) in mind.

The information presented in the kit sheds light on the main theme of the S.H.A.R.P (Sharing and RePresenting) from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The five theoretical chapters of the kit aim to provide help in answering the five main questions below. They can be used to plan and implement trainings "about and with media"; to work with ICT in the didactic field; to analyse and produce images and films with a school class, with university students or in adult education; and to facilitate social enquiries with given groups. The five questions are:

1. How can I plan a project?

2. How can I didacticise ICT in a project?

3. How can I analyse images, film and sound?

4. How can I produce images and films?

5. How can I collect significant social resources?

The kit also contains a series of practical examples on using new media for developing media skills. You can find a detailed description of nine workshops conducted by S.H.A.R.P partners from 7 EU countries: Italy, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.

ActiveWatch is the Romanian partner of the project and we contributed to the kit with Chapter 7: Visual Language and Representation of Reality.

The entire pedagogical kit is available for FREE in English and some chapters were translated into Romanian by local partner. Soon, the material will also be available in French.

Table of contents: 

About us
Partners list
Sample project
Pedagogical kit
Search the kit
Contact us
Share your project

System requirements: 






S.H.A.R.P network partners: CEM - Centro Educazione Media (Pavia, Italy) CLEMI- CENTRE DE LIAISON DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES MÉDIAS D'INFORMATION (Paris, France) Centro de Formação de Escolas do Concelho de Almada (Portugal) Easy Communication Association (Sofia, Bulgaria) ISCSP - UTL (Lisabona, Portugal) ActiveWatch- Media Monitoring Agency (Bucharest, Romania) Provincia di Pavia (Italy) Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) UNIVERSITY OF ARTOIS (France) UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA (Cyprus) Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania)




Filmmaking Educational Program

The Doha Film Institute (DFI), in Qatar, is an umbrella organisation bringing all of Qatar’s various film initiatives under a single banner. The Institute offers year-round educational programmes of film making for young people, aiming to inspire and support a new generation of Qatari, regional and international filmmakers. These programmes include a full range of high-level courses, from intensive film labs with internationally acclaimed directors to cultural partnerships with other leading film institutions around the world, informative panel discussions, animation classes, weekend workshops and hands-on professional training. Educational support and resources are available to cinephiles of all ages and grants are offered to individuals wanting to make short films, who live in the Middle east.

On the website, video resources are available for each section of the "WORKSHOPS AND LABS" menu (see also the Additional Information below).

Cineclub - the young filmmakers network

Cineclub was launched in 2004 aiming to create a network of young filmmakers in the UK who create, watch and share films with each other. Cineclub's membership programme provides training and resources for teachers to set up film projects during curriculum time or as an out of school hours activity and the chance to share work publically at cinema venues across the year. As a sustainable and cost-effective model, more teachers are trained each year so the medium of film can broaden within the school curriculum. Cineclub aims to be as inclusive to as many schools as possible so their Gold membership model is just £395 for annual membership which includes training for 2 teachers and cinema screenings of the students work.

Film Awards and Prizes - University of Leicester

This web page is a list of some interesting educational films produced by Jon Shears and Carl Vivian who both work in Multimedia Services in IT Services of the University of Leicester. Their expertise in creating educational films and teaching materials, and for designing and teaching film production modules has been internationally recognised: here you can find some of the winner films.

BUFF filmfestival

BUFF is an international film festival for young people, which has been running annually in Malmö, Sweden for 27 years.
his week-long festival includes a media education seminar arranged by the association ( which is a non-profit organisation given the task of stimulating and distributing film and media teaching activities.

In the archive you can find a lot of films from the past editions:

Lahore International Children's Film Festival (LICFF)

The Lahore International Children's Film Festival is a Project of The Little Art to showcase the best of
local and international films made by, for, about children in Pakistan and around the world. It also aims to promote media literacy among children and young people through workshops and screening of meaningful films, and to promote children as film makers, while training them in the art of film making and exhibiting their work in the festival.

Filmmaking For Dummies, 2nd Edition

With all the recent advancements in filmmaking technology, more people than ever are trying their hand at filmmaking. Keeping up with the newest information in this booming field, this updated edition of Filmmaking For Dummies features up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest and greatest hardware, software, accessories, and trends - including high-definition technology and new outlets for films such as YouTube and MySpace. It demystifies the nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project and securing financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and getting distribution.

This new edition also provides new movie examples and updated contacts and resources. Whether people want to become professional filmmakers or simply shoot quality home movies, this practical guide has all the advice and tips needed to succeed.

You can read more here:

Table of contents: 

Part I: Filmmaking and Storytelling.
Chapter 1: So You Want to Be a Filmmaker.
Chapter 2: Genres in General.
Chapter 3: Penning and Pitching a Great Story.

Part II: Gearing Up to Make Your Film.
Chapter 4: Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film.
Chapter 5: Financing Your Film.
Chapter 6: Location, Location, Location.
Chapter 7: Crewing Up: HiringYour Crew.
Chapter 8: Assembling Your Cast of Characters.
Chapter 9: Storyboarding Your Film.

Part III: Ready to Roll: Starting Production on Your Film.
Chapter 10: Shooting through the Looking Glass.
Chapter 11: Let There Be Lighting!
Chapter 12: Sound Advice: Production Sound.
Chapter 13: Directing Your Actors: … And Action!
Chapter 14: A Sense of Direction: Directing Your Film.

Part IV: Finishing Your Film in Post.
Chapter 15: Cut to: Editing Your Film Frame by Frame.
Chapter 16: Posting Your Film’s Soundtrack: Adding Music & Effects to the Mix.
Chapter 17: Conjuring Up Special Effects.
Chapter 18: Giving Credit and Titles.

Part V: Finding a Distributor for Your Film.
Chapter 19: Distributing Your Film.
Chapter 20: Exploring and Entering Film Festivals.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Discovering New Talent.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Get Publicity for Your Film.
Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Avoid Murphy’s Law.
Chapter 24: Ten Best Filmmaking Periodicals.





Bryan Michael Stoller






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