Programme targets boys in the classroom
Windy Ridge School couldn't get some of its boys excited about story writing.
So principal Brenda McPherson took advantage of a Ministry of Education pilot programme "Success for Boys" to help her kids with learning.
Kiwi Digital, a company contracted to the ministry was brought in to the school to run its intensive 48-hour SLAM! cultural storytelling workshop.
The company's executive chairwoman Jill Tattersfield, says the programme works because it grabs the boys' attention.
"It's an idea to ‘slam' through ideas in a workshop, it's the excitement, it's cooler and different," she says.
A group of year 4 to 6 boys at the school got to work with technology while brainstorming their story ideas, which in the space of two days were turned into published, digital e-books.
The company calls its approach "cultural story telling for the digital age".
"I think it's fantastic. It's a programme that's shown us how ICT and e-books can engage reluctant writers and get them excited about writing," McPherson says.
And the school can continue to offer the workshop style of learning, she says.
Kiwi Digital loaded-up the school's tablets with apps the students can keep working with.
The workshops utilise experiential software developed by New Zealand firm Kiwa.
Kiwa's audio-visual learning apps have already been used in Northland and as far afield as Alaska to encourage bilingualism.
North Shore Times