More than half of students from low‑income households
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Camcorder Creativity and Creation
My students need access to new technologies that allow their creativity to thrive, and film is one medium that we can use to support and encourage creative endeavors. We need two camcorders.
Our school is one that used to foster creativity, but with the focus increasingly on test scores and with state budget cuts, the arts are being axed, and my students are at a great disadvantage. They do not have access to many of the technologies that would allow them to explore their creativity.
We are not a Title 1 school, but we are not in a rich district, either.
So, when it comes to funding, we are stuck in the middle and do not receive extra funding. In fact, California is slashing the education budget further, and we are feeling the pinch. Yet, we have amazing students that have tried to fundraise and help keep the arts thriving, but in this economy, fundraising only goes so far. These wonderful students come from a variety of backgrounds and all walks of life. We are a truly diverse school in every manner one can imagine. On the whole, my students are an incredibly creative and talented bunch without enough avenues to explore that creativity. The medium of film is one that excites their imaginations and challenges their critical thinking and problem solving skills. When they look at the world from a different perspective, which the lens provides, they see so much more than they do with the naked eye. A change in perspective can have a profound effect on a teen.
My goal is to help foster student creativity through the medium of film. Already some of my students have tried cutting movies with their phones, with cheap digital cameras, and with whatever else they could find, but the resolution is poor, the angles difficult, and editing virtually impossible. Some have asked their parents for Camcorders, but many of my students' families have been hit hard with the economy, so an expensive item like a Camcorder is not a likely present. If I can get them access to such a valuable tool and teach them how to use it properly, what can teenagers tell you with film? You would be pleasantly surprised. The screenplays that my students have shown me are often poignant, humorous, and filled with emotional appeal. They may not be the next Steven Spielbergs, but they do have something to say. Film allows a creative outlet, and creativity goes hand in hand with critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Our students are starved for technology and for creative outlets.
We must give them meat for their creative appetites, lest that creativity wither away and die. Many of our students come from disadvantaged families where a Camcorder is a luxury. Should we punish them for this? Do we not want all of our students to have the opportunity to shine? The medium of film allows students a creative outlet where they can explore new worlds and find themselves and their unique voices in the process.
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