Even students with quite basic drawing skills can create a visually interesting, animated, digital comic with Gaia’s help.
As one of a number of digital projects Gaia Technologies worked with The Dukeries Academy to help students tell stories using digital multi-media techniques. The students were engaged with telling their stories through drawing and filming themselves using green screen techniques. With the help of Gaia’s studio animators and video specialists the classroom output was turned into these quirky, and somewhat surreal, video comics. Evidence we think that technology can unleash the power of the imagination and reward students’ efforts with publication of their products.
Gaia has a long track record of working with the Dukeries Academy and the comic book project was one of several collaborations with our studio professionals as this video testifies:
As Jacqui Ferris, Assistant Principal says, “We are able to develop content that marries much more with the kind of access that students have to media and technology outside of school, so it makes learning much more relevant for them.” That experience is provided through project-based learning; working alongside industry professionals and being focused on collaborative production.
Gaia continues to work productively with the Academy and the company has been proactive in helping to develop its ICT Innovation Room.
In Summer 2016 Bernard Dady and Joe Basketts , Gaia’s education specialists, presented to head teachers from the Dukeries Family of Schools. As a consequence Maun Infants commissioned their Roman Triumph Project and in Autumn 2016 Gaia will begin delivery of a series of professional development workshops focused on the computing curriculum. As Bernard summarises, “Innovative change only results from sustained partnering, at the Dukeries Academy we are beginning to see the product of the long term relationship between educators and technology specialists.”