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Learning in the Digital Age: The Use of Film in Education
Maher Bahloul
Education Through Arts Institute - Maher Language Institute (MLI), Paris, France
The presentation is about an innovative pedagogy whereby performing and audio-visual media play a key role in teaching and learning. On the basis of my latest book ‘Lights! Camera! Action and the brain: The Use of Film in Education’, the presentation combines theory and practice; as such, it lays solid neurological foundations for media literacy and provides several practical applications from worldwide scholars. The book contains thirteen chapters three of them address a number of theoretical issues related to the camera and the brain while the remaining ten are practical illustrations of the extent to which film and video are used as pedagogical tools. In the book preface, Nikos Theodosakis, author of ‘The Director in the Classroom’, writes that the book contributors ‘have built a wonderful bridge for us to travel over’. In fact, the book chapters transcend age restrictions to include diverse age groups, children and young adults. The topics range from learning language and philosophy to learning about one’s self, one’s environment, and one’s cultural identity. Much more importantly, the book addresses regular and special learners’ needs. Arts in general, and films in particular, are shown to display salient and dynamic roles in appealing to a wide variety of  regular and special needs learners. In short, the presentation unveils a recent learning methodology by showcasing the works of a number of authoritative figures in the field of edutainment.