Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Students put books on computer

Aim is to help tots learn to read

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — Some Mason High School students are finishing a project they hope will help younger students learn.

[photo] Mason High School students Jared White (left), Nelson Hudson (center), and Mike Carrel work on adding voices to a visual version of the book Bark, George that they made for kindergartners.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        Sophomore through senior students in Dale Conner's audio and visual communications class have brought beginning readers' books to life on video. For the past three weeks, students have scanned the 22 books into computers, animated the illustrations and added voice-overs. The video compilation will be given to kindergarten teachers at the Mason Early Childhood Center.

        Mr. Conner approached the childhood center in December with the idea of presenting young readers' books in an alternative format. An English teacher, Mr. Conner said he wanted to teach his video students editing while creating a lasting project that addressed an important education initiative — improving reading skills.

        Nelson Hudson, 16, who did animal sounds for Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, said: “I think kids now, they have things to watch like video games, and they don't like to read as much. Maybe when they see this, they'll be more interested.”

        Sophomore Mike Carrel said that the video project would show younger students an example of what high school students did and get them excited about higher learning.

        Mr. Conner's 22 students said the project helped them as well. Bryanna Mattina, 16, said the video brought her class, which did not communicate well before, together in a way that other classes have not.

        The master video should be presented to the Early Childhood Center by the end of the week.

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