A horse that begins a long quest to find her calf, sold by her owner to another man, is the argument of the video “The sale of the foal,” by Ursula Paillán, seventh grade student of Futaleufu School in the Region Los Lagos. Her work won first place in the audiovisual competition for teachers and students “Lo que nos une”, organized by Fundación Chile’s Website educarchile, with the support of the Chilean National Film Archive and Novasur.
The audiovisual piece was the result of a video workshop held in the same school. “Technology must be seized, and if they have access to phones and tablets, then they might as well profit from it, because they are meant for fun, to express themselves, and to learn,” explains the workshop’s teacher, Johanna Villegas. Indeed, the leading characters of the winning video are not animals in the flesh, but an animation created by the same student, who created the characters, drew each of the frames that make up the videos and set on a computer program that allowed her giving the images movement.
A current tool
At present, 50% of Internet traffic is dedicated to online videos reproduction, and by 2017 it is projected that 75% of network usage is concentrated in this format. “That is, we communicate audio visually. The new literacy is audiovisual,” says Rosario Navarro, Director of educarchile. A symptom of this is the great expansion of video platforms like Youtube. “Today, Youtube is a living room, a public square, and a large classroom where you can learn everything,” says Alejandra Bonati, Communications Director for Google Chile.
“We communicate audio visually. “The new literacy is audiovisual,” says Rosario Navarro, Director of educarchile.
In order to create these pieces, the teachers must ensure that their students implement higher order thinking skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and communication. “With videos, students are forced to improve their speaking and writing, given the screenplays must be written correctly,” says Carla Tapia, the journalism workshop teacher at Baldomero Lillo School in Lota. With her students Carolina Medina, Issis Antileo, and Jorge Gonzalez she also won the educarchile video contest’s first place in the primary education category.
This is also shared by students of Liceo Técnico-Profesional Aprender of La Pintana, winners in the high school category. “Before I did not speak in public, we recorded videos and I did not want to participate because I was afraid to appear in public,” said José Fernández, a student who claims that this experience has helped him to cope better in his daily life.