Chil­dren com­pete in com­puter cre­ativ­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents from across Mata­mata are set to at­tend an awards evening to ri­val the Os­cars in a fi­nale to the Mata­mata Dis­trict Digi Awards.

Nine pri­mary schools, along with Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate, had stu­dents en­ter the e-learn­ing awards or­gan­ised by Wairere School.

It is the first time the awards have been held among the schools and co- or­di­na­tor and Wairere School prin­ci­pal Judi Buck­ley said it was an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to ex­pand their learn­ing.

‘‘The awards are a place for chil­dren to show­case their cre­ativ­ity and to have a real au­di­ence to share it with,’’ she said.

‘‘This is the way for­ward – it’s the new way to en­cour­age and sup­port learn­ing.’’

Chil­dren were in­vited to en­ter six cat­e­gories in­clud­ing dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, dig­i­tal story, graphic de­sign an­i­ma­tion, book trailer and a tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ment.

Each cat­e­gory was then split into three age groups and five ICT pro­fes­sion­als and a pho­tog­ra­pher judged the en­tries.

Fi­nal­ists were cho­sen in each cat­e­gory and win­ners are to be an­nounced at the Digi Awards Gala Evening at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate on Au­gust 29.

Mish Mash TV pre­sen­ter Brit­tany Ste­wart is host­ing the event and trail­ers of the chil­dren’s dig­i­tal art will be on dis­play.

‘‘We wanted to make it spe­cial for the kids,’’ said Ms Buck­ley.

There will also be per­for­man- ces from the Firth Pri­mary Choir, drum­mers from Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate and a stu­dent band from Mata­mata Pri­mary.

Lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing J Swap, Wil­liams Jewellers, Mitre 10 and Tainui Press De­sign and Print helped sup­port the awards night.

Wairere stu­dent Sid­nee Hay­ward, 8, cre­ated an an­i­ma­tion called Wee Wil­lie Whiteback for the awards and said she had learned a lot of new skills.

‘‘It was quite hard work,’’ she said. ‘‘It was re­ally fun.’’ Chil­dren worked on their en­tries in class time and the pro­ject was in­te­grated into their ev­ery day learn­ing, said Ms Buck­ley.

‘‘ I’m de­lighted that each school has put its hand up and come on board,’’ she said.


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