POTTSTOWN PA – Lights! Cameras! Computers!
Students of Pottsgrove Middle School have been so prolific in computerized movie-making that on Friday (May 29, 2009) at 7 p.m. in the school, 1351 N. Hanover St., they’ll conduct their own version of Oscar Night. Awards will be presented in such categories as Best Soundtrack, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, and Best Use Of A Classroom Assignment, according to Pottsgrove School District spokeswoman Beth Trapani.
Tinseltown-like glitter and glamour is, by now, old hat to the middle schoolers. Earlier this month they were featured by Philadelphia television station NBC10 for the ways in which they use computers as part of the school’s curriculum. The televised news story showed how, rather than just be entertained by technology, students’ lessons were enhanced and reinforced by it.
Even earlier, across the entire district, students and teachers celebrated their participation in the state’s Classrooms For The Future (CFF) program. A Pennsylvania Department of Education CFF grant helped purchase the laptops and supporting equipment that made students’ digital films possible.
Friday’s award ceremony is free and open to the public.