Even in primary school, the ability to have kids learn new technology while making films is impressive.
There’s a media center at Black Mountain Primary School, where you hear third graders talking about stop motion, green screen, animation, and claymation.
Lila Downs, the media center coordinator, says that the students are having fun, but not playing around.
“This isn’t play,” she said. “They are creating and learning to survive in the 21st century. It takes technology and collaboration. They are having a good time, but they are learning some important things.”
According to Elizabeth Middleton, the school’s academically and intellectually gifted teacher, the third graders use computers to research topics on websites, working from a format she designed that allows them to conduct their research independently.
“The format allows the students to be creative, write, draw and illustrate in their journals projects they would like to do” she said. “It is self-paced and designed for the level of their abilities. All the websites are kid friendly. Their research includes some videos. The goal for third graders is to become life-long learners, and to develop 21st century technology savvy. Third graders take learning to a higher level in today’s academics. Their projects are hands on fun which makes them more memorable.”