RIPLEY - Technology is expanding every day and continues to be a huge part in the lives of young students using it as well. Last week, the Ripley Central School showed movie trailers that fifth and seventh graders made using iPads and the iMovie '11.
The students were assigned to read books, most of which were about 200 pages long. In order to have them expand their knowledge and make learning more enjoyable, Lauren Ormsby, the school principal, and Karen Kondrich, the seventh grade teacher, received a grant in order to obtain funding for the technology.
The iMovie '11, the students had to choose which template best fit the specific book they read. There are many different genres, including drama, adventure, romantic comedy and others.
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Ripley seventh grader Allyson Bird, center won the award for Best Overall Trailer. Pictured with her is her teacher Karen Kondrick (left) and Principal Lauren Ormsby.
"I think anytime you give students the opportunity to think about a traditional book report, you're reporting on the book, you write it and turn it in," Ormsby stated. "This gives them another way to express themselves."
Ormsby and Kondrick wanted to provide these students with a different way of looking at reading. Their goal was to challenge the students' traditional way of doing assignments and learn other ways that they can accomplish that.
"Anytime you give technology to students, it's engaging and motivating," she said.
After almost a dozen films were shown, Ormsby awarded prizes to the hardworking students. Seventh grader, Allyson Bird, was awarded Best Overall Trailer for her film which was based on the book, "Without Tess," written by Marcella Pixley.
The book is about two sisters, Tess and Lizzie, that share a secret world of magic and in the middle of the night, they can turn into horses. Tess leaves Lizzie and her family and decides she is unable to live in the real word. The book discusses the sisters' struggles, and Bird was able to portray that using the iMovie '11 and create an extraordinary trailer.
These students demonstrated hard work and talent. They not only read the books, but they also created fantastic trailers, showing their understanding of the books. As the school teachers note, technology is constantly changing, and it is very important for schools to continue to keep it in the lives of these young, growing individuals.
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