Digital students tell tales online

03:28, Jul 19 2011
matariki
LESS PAPER: Bailey Road School room 13 students, clockwise from back left: Macane Marychurch, Vatrina Crabbe, Monalisa Kabir and Camilla Teiho enjoy creating their stories digitally.

Instead of bringing home hand-written and illustrated stories kids are now going online to show off their work.

Bailey Road School room 13 is just one class that prefers to work digitally.

The year 8 class is part of the school's e-learning syndicate and is learning to tell stories online.

Their latest creations tell tales based around Matariki.

"It gives the kids a way to express themselves the way kids do nowadays," teacher Shaun Wood says. "They are so comfortable with the equipment. They teach each other the skills."

Mr Wood says literacy is no longer just about the written word as we are increasingly bombarded by images and sound.

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"There's so much information behind audio and visuals that we just don't teach."

The class has learnt how to use programmes such as Windows Movie Maker, Powerpoint and Audacity.

Student Vatrina Crabbe, 12, would much rather be given a digital assignment.

"It's more interesting. Instead of looking at a piece of writing you get to look at images as well," she says.

Classmate Macane Marychurch, 12, says it allows you to be more creative.

The process they go through is similar to writing a story.

"We have to do a brainstorm about what sort of ideas we want to put in our storyboard. We do a storyboard and from there we add transitions and then put it onto the laptop," he says.

There are plenty of challenges involved in the task.

Student Camilla Teiho, 12, says learning the skills needed to create the digital stories is the hardest part but Monalisa Kabir, 13, says recording your voice to use as audio is tricky.

Mr Wood says a lot of the images the kids use are sourced from the internet so the next step is to teach them about copyrights and intellectual property.

East And Bays Courier