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SMART CLASSROOMS: Technology creates a better world for orangutans

19 February 2009

Technology creates a better world for orangutans

A group of south-east Queensland students has used the latest classroom technologies to transform their interest in the endangered orangutan into an award-winning production.

Part of the Smart Classrooms 1-to-1 learning program, Cedar Creek State School students produced a short film that won them first place in the national Dream a Better World Film Festival.

Principal Stephen Wallace said the Year 3 and 4 children did a wonderful job, using laptops to create a film that clearly reflected their desire to save the species.

'What the children produced was absolutely unbelievable,' he said.

'It just blows my mind. I'm sure that our school's involvement in the 1-to-1 laptop trial helped them win it too.

'The children had the best resources at their fingertips and they all knew how to get the most out of them.'

Mr Wallace said the film clip was the result of two classes working together on a school lesson for six weeks.

'It was a great culminating task for them and winning the competition was an added bonus,' he said

Cedar Creek State School's win, coordinated by teachers Dawn Clark and Wendy Gerrard, is one better than its runner-up junior prize in 2008.

Organised by Coomera State School and Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld, the film festival challenges students to be socially aware and proactive in visualising a better world.

It also aims to enhance children's self-confidence and develops their skills in drama, storytelling, interviewing and public speaking along with the technical elements of filmmaking.

To view Cedar Creek State School's winning production, click here (.mov 7mb)

More information, visit the Smart Classrooms 1 to 1 learning program online.