Earlier this month second graders from Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor had a chance to show off their film work at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville.
The youngsters walked the red carpet for a premier of “Our Year in Second Grade.” It was the culmination of the students’ year-long digital storytelling experiences created by Briarcliff Manor’s second grade teachers Dorene Tomaskovic and Claudia Sullivan.
Tomaskovic is participating in a two-year professional development program at the Media Arts Lab called Teaching and Technology in the Digital Age, which is designed to inspire and teach K- 12 educators about 21st Century technology and literacy tools.
“All students participated fully in the process of filmmaking. They were respectful of each other and thoroughly engaged in the curriculum through the use of digital technology as a means of self-expression. Reviewing and editing their video clips was effortless for them, compared to the task of revising and editing their written stories. The students embraced the subject matter in each experience and put forth their best effort with amazing results. That is their greatest reward,” Tomaskovic said.
The celebration on June 9 at the Media Arts Lab began with a red carpet walk for the students, their families and friends.
Integrating visual communication into the K-12 curriculum is just one part of the Burns center’s commitment to education. The Media Arts Lab is now in its third year and it offers dozens of courses for children, teens and adults in film production, new media, screenwriting, animation, and more.