Monday, 2 March 2009

Digital Chocolate – tasty e-treats with Animation Nation

Want to lure your kids into literacy? The attraction of animation is that it brings the age-old skill of storytelling into the 21st century, blending solid literacy skills with a dynamic digital delivery. For our students who live in the 'screen age' and demand a sisomo approach to learning, animation is the perfect tool to develop thinking, technical and literacy skills - as well as sharing knowledge learnt across all curriculum areas in a creative and accessible manner. eLearning lures kids into literacy- and keeps them addicted!

This was the highlight and challenge I faced in 2008 with my Years 5/6 decile one class of predominantly Maori, Pasifika and Afghani students at Panmure Bridge School in Auckland. To promote our oral literacy skills we chose to explore digital storytelling through animation as our platform. And so our Animation Nation project was born as part of the Manaiakalani Cluster EHSAS Initiative. We wanted to create exciting scripts which reflected our learning and speak clearly and expressively in such a way that our stories would hold the interest of our audience. Our animation mini-movies reflected the broad range of language abilities present in the class.

Jo Bogado
Panmure Bridge School
Auckland, NZ

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