Gifted students make movies at Tucker Elementary summer camp

awoolen@macon.comJune 19, 2013 

PERRY -- Gifted students at Tucker Elementary School made themselves movies starst -- at least for three days last week.

At a technology and problem solving camp June 11-13, second- through fifth-graders were given the opportunity to use iMovie and Microsoft PowerPoint to create their own movies and brochures.

The camp was the idea of teachers who are trying to earn their gifted certification.

To receive the certification, teachers have to spend 25 hours with gifted students outside of the normal academic day, said Stephanie Wilson, fourth-grade gifted teacher.

“We knew these students loved technology,” Wilson said.

During the three-day camp, the fourth- and fifth-grade students created an idea for a movie, made a trailer, used story boards and created scripts. They then filmed their movie using the iPad app, iMovie.

The younger students created brochures with PowerPoint for the Leader in Me program at Tucker Elementary.

The five students who created the movie “Habit Heroes” had no prior acting or movie-making experience, but all expressed their desire once they finished their movie trailer Thursday morning.

“I like filming,” said fifth-grader Seth Lee, who expressed his desire to pursue a directing career. His teammates enjoyed acting.

Using the seven habits of highly effective people as a guideline, students came up with super habits as their respective powers.

“We’re gifted, so the thoughts kept coming,” said rising fifth-grade student Kailey Burress on how fast the team came up with the idea for the movie.

The movies were presented at a parent showcase later that day.

Wilson expects to have some of the videos on Tucker Elementary’s Facebook page.

She and her colleagues were not planning to have finished movies from the students.

“The kids exceeded our expectations,” she said.

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