Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Morehead Montessori Elementary School, part of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, got a crash course in videography and script-writing thanks to a grant from Duke University’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee-giving campaign.
Dottie Black, who reaches out to Partnership schools as part of Duke Libraries’ PepsiCo K-12 Technology Mentoring Program, taught the students how to use the camera and camcorder. She showed them the basics of script-writing. And then she let them to get to work, creating their own promotional films to introduce teachers and fellow students to the educational resources of Duke Gardens and Duke Forest.
“The kids held the camera, the kids created the script — it’s definitely not professional,” Black said. “But I think overall they were successful. The teachers over and over and over were saying, ‘I didn’t know they could do that!'”