Case Study: Coallition of the Willing

Coalition Of The Willing from coalitionfilm on Vimeo.

This video is an interesting example of a few different things that I think we’d like to see in our classrooms.  While it’s true that this was produced by a network of some of the best people working in motion graphics, it is still the result of an ethically motivated, thoughtfully engaged, and entrepreneurial group.  It is a product that we can point to as being both a learning experience and an active statement.

We have the technology available for our students to create such videos and networks.  I would say that the vast majority of them are already very capable with the collaborative tools and networks necessary to participate*.  Our job, to paraphrase Mr. Holland’s Opus, is to give them something to collaborate about.

* I should note that I am not just concerned about making videos.  I am interested to see teachers creating opportunities for students to develop skills, knowledge, and values via problems posed by the real world (see Inquiry Method).