February saw Nebelthau Gymnasium's Year 7 class embarking upon a media week with Berlin-based company, InterAct. Although the school has previously worked with InterAct on regular theatre projects, this was the first attempt at a media week in order to support the emphasis on the digital curriculum. Oh, and the whole week was in English, but that goes without saying!
For an entire week the class worked with two teaching artists from the USA and Australia to learn how to make films. Although already digitally-savvy, the class learned not only how to use film-making apps and to edit the films, but also what kind of shots they could use to enhance the desired atmosphere and effect.
Storm Sabine was the perfect topic for the initial weather reports, which were followed by Stop motion films covering topics such as Pacman and feline dinner dates. The requirement of 200 pictures for just a short clip was definitely a challenge, but produced some very funny and well-made short films. The final project required the class to be split into two groups, each producing their own film about either aliens or chocolate.
The work from the entire week was presented to teachers, pupils, family and friends on Friday afternoon, when we were greatly entertained and very proud of the achievements of the class during the week.