Digital Literacy (Audiovisual Media Education)
Communication is an important condition of intra-personal skills that enables young people to be 'agile and resilient' at school and within society (OCW, 2014).
Communication skills are necessary for people to be able to act independently and in harmony with their environment. For a large number of children and young people in special and regular education, communication is a challenge. Language delay, autism, ADHD, NAH and a (mild) mental and/or physical disability ensure that communication no longer happens 'by itself'.
Audiovisual digital communication skills (digital literacy) can contribute to a solution. It is the 'new' language of children and young people. By providing children and young people with access to novel communication technologies in education, in the classroom and by improving their digital literacy, there is more self-confidence, connection and recognition, and they are distinguished on the basis of limitations, for example through communication breakthroughs.
Based on this philosophy, the Com in Beeld foundation and the BOOR foundation entered into a partnership in 2019 with regard to offering AV education to students from special education.
Production house Cam on Wheels
AV education is provided from our film production house 'Cam on Wheels'.
Here young people, with and without disabilities, during and after their school period, are given an opportunity to develop in the audiovisual (professional) field.
The young people learn about professional audiovisual techniques in the daily practices of film production house Cam on Wheels, in which they work together with AV students from MBOs under the supervision of professionals. In addition to providing a professional education, we at Cam on Wheels also work on the development of social skills and employee skills.
The young people learn to capture stories on film and then edit them into beautiful (film) productions. Filmmaking offers these young people a 'tool' for communication and an opportunity to show themselves by using their visual talent as a cameraman/woman, editor and/or director. The young people are trained to become filmmakers, photographers, vloggers and/or film editors; audiovisual specialists. This increases the chances of progression to further education or the labor market.
Young people in the third and fourth year of VMBO have the opportunity to follow the elective courses of the Media Design and ICT (MVI) profile at Cam on Wheels. This is offered in collaboration with Grafisch Lyceum in Rotterdam and leads to a VMBO diploma.
Young people with educational disadvantage
Young people who need additional education or who are at risk of dropping out are also welcome at Cam on Wheels. They start working as a cameraman/woman and/or editor and also receive education at “their” school. The aim is that they remain active within the regular education program, through the support of Cam on Wheels. By deploying them as AV professionals, we provide them with an education and development/processing space and hope to coach them with this to (continue to) participate in the school program.
Through close cooperation between Cam on Wheels and the school team, we offer a suitable individual program with which we provide the student with digital literacy skills and offer personal coaching that increases the chance of (further) education, employment guidance and social participation.
Cam on Wheels Audiovisual education in schools
In addition to education within our own film production house, Cam on Wheels offers audiovisual media education/digital literacy at SO/PO/VO/VSO schools. For example, the Film as Supported Communication (FaOC) teaching method My Film, My Story, linked to the SLO learning line and CED learning objective Oral Language Proficiency, is offered to various schools within a teaching program. This method was developed at Radboud University Nijmegen in collaboration with, among others, the BOOR schools.
Cam on Wheels has the right hardware and software for young people with physical disabilities to follow the AV program. Using a tripod attached to their walker or wheelchair, they are able to film independently. The optimal configuration of required resources will differ per individual participant and will be carefully assessed and determined. A wheelchair can function well as a 'mobile tripod' by a camera operator.