Brighton student is a bright one

Xavier Ramirez-Martin created an iMovie trailer. Picture: Emma Reeves
Xavier Ramirez-Martin created an iMovie trailer. Picture: Emma Reeves

The Brighton Catholic Primary School student and 16 of his peers visited Wanneroo Library recently for their gifted and talented literacy program.

Program co-ordinator Michelle Clayton said, as the first collaborative project, it had been a success, with the idea blossoming from a technology in education meeting with the library’s education officer Gaye Margetic.

Ms Clayton said they challenged the students to create an iMovie for a picture book selected from the shortlist for this year’s Children’s Book Week.

She said they spent lessons planning storyboards for a book trailer, using the iMovie application, and on the day of their visit, used photographs from the books, other images and guest appearances from ‘movie creators’, as well as narrating the stories.

‘Using technology and applications such as iMovie is a really easy, and increasingly popular, way to engage all students,’ Ms Clayton said.

‘But the focus at all times was on high quality literature (an actual book where pages are turned physically rather than by swiping the screen).

‘Such a seemingly simple activity has the power to generate an abundance of possibilities in how it is presented, with each iMovie providing a great learning opportunity for each student, constantly stretching their skills.’