During May, all of our Year 5 went on an excursion to St Helena Island to learn about some of Queensland’s colonial history. The students had a very enjoyable and informative day, but their experience didn’t end there. For the past few weeks since the excursion, the Year 5 students have been hard at work in pairs, writing scripts for a tourism promotion for St Helena Island Prison. They have selected various shots of the previously filmed scenes, and included these in their scripts when they wanted them appear within their advertisement. This week they visited the Centenary Library, which was turned into a studio complete with a chroma key screen, lights and and teleprompter. The boys then eagerly created their videos while the rest of their classmates were able to see the finished composite on the screens around the library.
It was a very engaging activity and the boys loved being instantly transported back to the island. While each group presented, a fellow student controlled the speed of the teleprompter; some of the boys even had time to learn the live chroma key software and control the media and camera themselves. This activity introduced many of the students to a new set of ICT skills, and gave them a better understanding of the ‘magic’ that takes place behind the scenes of TV programs. The boys all left with a finished video product that could be played back in their classroom setting.