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Benefits of Moving Image Education

Moving Image Education (MIE) involves watching and listening to a range of short film texts, discussing and analysing them; generating discursive and creative written work, storyboards and scripts; making a range of moving image artefacts, re-purposing 'found' material, digital storytelling (not necessarily large scale filmmaking projects); exploring genres and types of texts that might be less familiar, eg short films, archive film, foreign language film; and re-examining familiar texts.

MIE is more than just a literacy programme. It is a rich context for learning that allows children to develop across the curriculum. The concept of dialogue and discussion is central to the philosophy of the Moving Image Education programme. These practices also provide uniquely valuable means to realise the aspirations of Scotland's new curriculum, a Curriculum for Excellence.

There are many advantages to Moving Image Education (MIE), both as an aid to discussion and as a focus for creative or documentary activities. Pupils have the opportunity to reason aloud, to support and develop the opinions of their peers, to verbalise solutions to problems, and to collaborate with their peers to reach consensus. Open-ended questioning techniques deepen pupils’ thought processes and allow teaching and learning to develop within a pupil directed context.

The close study of films is fun to do and can have dramatic effects on how young people think and feel, and on their understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved literacy (visual and textual)
  • Enhanced understanding of how to construct a narrative which is useful across the curriculum
  • Greater sense of relevance to education
  • Better understanding of our media
  • Enhanced discussion skills
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Greater appreciation of culture and democratic society
  • Increased sense of enfranchisement and citizenship.

Likewise the making of moving image essays and other films in groups has been shown in numerous academic studies to help young people with all the following skills:

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Team-working
  • Planning
  • Organisation
  • Flexible thinking and multi-tasking
  • Problem-solving
  • Personal motivation
  • Computing, communication and technology skills
  • Criticism and self-criticism (including peer-reviewing skills)
  • Social awareness
  • Moral responsibility
  • Presentation (both personal and project-related).

Feel free to look through this introductory guide to Moving Image Education. For a more detailed overview please visit our sister site at