Merging Technology and Entrepreneurship
BizMovie teaches children in grades 3-8 the basics of entrepreneurship and business while encouraging them to explore technology by creating their own animated movies. During this project-based learning (PBL) experience, students work in teams of six to start and run their own movie production companies. This real-world experience gives students the opportunity to create animated movies using a GoAnimate for Schools, a leading cloud-based animated movie making platform. For students with limited computer skills, BizMovie can be a fun introduction to technology, and for others, this experience can help to build computer animation fluency. BizMovie was developed in collaboration with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) in order to bring together important technology skills in a business context for students who might not otherwise consider careers in technology.
This program is entirely student-driven. Students determine all aspects of their group's movie production company; they create the concept for their movie, storyboard and produce it, create and execute a marketing campaign, and sell tickets to an audience. The program culminates with a Box Office Day where students present their movie previews and sell tickets to a group of peers, adults and faculty. Moviegoers enjoy watching the student-created films and give constructive feedback.
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