Hale Kula students create winning ‘Olelo’ videos

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
 Principal Jan Iwase, Hale Kula Elementary School KO OLINA — Megan Cummings (left), technology/media coordinator with Hale Kula Elementary School, proudly stands with (from left) Deziree Ensrud, Hanna Storn, Cheyenne Barfield and Falesoa Tufi after winning their award for "Choose Water for a Healthy Life" at the ‘Olelo video competition at the Ihilani Resort & Spa, May 5.

Principal Jan Iwase, Hale Kula Elementary School
KO OLINA — Megan Cummings (left), technology/media coordinator with Hale Kula Elementary School, proudly stands with (from left) Deziree Ensrud, Hanna Storn, Cheyenne Barfield and Falesoa Tufi after winning their award for “Choose Water for a Healthy Life” at the ‘Olelo video competition at the Ihilani Resort & Spa, May 5.

Megan Cummings
Hale Kula Elementary School
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — This year, a record number of 804 videos were entered in the 11th annual `Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition.
When the awards were presented at the Ihilani resort, May 5, students from Hale Kula Elementary School were named winners in two categories while also being recognized as a finalist in one more category.

The two teams of Hale Kula students, who created “Choose Water for a Healthy Life” and “Be Cool, Come to School,” walked away with top category honors.

Hale Kula’s winning videos competed against over 20 videos in each category.
Fourth grader Deziree Ensrud and third graders Cheyenne Barfield, Falesoa Tufi and Hanna Strom created the animated, 30-second public service announcement “Choose Water for a Healthy Life” to educate people about the effects of sugary drinks and to be aware of the advertisements companies use to promote these drinks.

Counselor Marleen Clarke wrote a rap that 4th graders Nettie Oswalt, Ella Reibsome and Ariana Carter remixed with animation and green screen editing techniques to encourage students to “Be Cool, Come to School.”

In addition, 5th grader Skylar Malocha worked alongside Alex Bartholomees, Kent Shepherd and Jocelyn Stuck to create the mini-documentary video finalist “What Most Schools DON’T Teach,” which examines the importance of integrating coding in the K-12 curriculum.

Making a commitment
The mission of Youth XChange is to “learn the value and importance of speaking out and speaking strong by using the creative and powerful medium of video.”

Elementary, intermediate and high school students created videos with the purpose of addressing issues affecting their community, state, country or world.

Creating in digital media provides students with many opportunities to learn new skills. Students research, collaborate and synthesize their message into a storyboard with guidance from their teacher.

A 30-second public service announcement can take hours of work and a creative mind to put the message together using different media tools.

Malocha described the project as “different from other classroom projects, because instead of just sharing with your classroom, you get to share it with the whole state.”

Teacher Rachel Armstrong, librarian Michelle Colte and technology/media coordinator Megan Cummings worked with the students to explore creative ways to share their message via different technology and media tools.

The `Olelo Youth XChange experience is designed to encourage and motivate students to get involved by sharing important messages.
(Editor’s note: Cummings is the technology coordinator at Hale Kula.)

Watch It!
Television air dates on Olelo53 follow:
• May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
• May 26 at 3:30 p.m.
• June 1 at 1:30 p.m.
• June 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Also, see Hale Kula’s public service announcements and mini-documentary on the HKES Kids Vimeo channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/hkes
kids and review all entries at www.olelo.org/yxc/.

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