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Muritai pupils get a multi-media rev-up

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, LEARNING: Muritai School video crew Zoë Lovall-Smith, Sofija Cvitanovich and Alana Lai.

MURITAI SCHOOL senior students are using video news reporting as a way to enhance their learning.

Year 7 and 8 pupils at the Eastbourne school are interviewing classmates, teachers and parents on subjects such as sports, arts and galas, and producing videos for their own website.
 
The radical approach is quickly gaining popularity.
 
Muritai student Sarah Murphy, 12, says being able to express what they are learning academically by making films has allowed students to experience working co-operatively and increased their willingness to learn.

“It’s a cool opportunity and something fun to do during school time putting the video together showing what we have been up to.”

Sarah was a reporter for a video on mosaic art (see below), that appeared on the website, Muritai TV.

Principal Andrew Bird came across the innovative idea during a visit to Point England School in South Auckland, where instead of using traditional teaching, the school was developing oral literacy through using podcasting and its own television station.

Mr Bird added the idea of putting the Year 7 and 8 pupils in teams of reporters and technicians.

He says he wanted to make it more exciting and intriguing for students but also something that was going to catch attention.

“At Point England School, they would tend to show the school notices and the weather,
 whereas I have much more of an interest in doing something like a Campbell Live or 60 Minutes, so that it’s a bit more in depth.”

Mr Bird says the new style of learning has boosted students’ confidence in public
speaking and involves creative problem-solving and co-operation so it makes them
think on their feet.

The approach has attracted interest from other schools and 98% of the Muritai parents are online so they receive 500 hits per video. Mr Bird says the staff think it’s “really cool” and they tend to show the videos in classes.

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