Students at a Beaverbrook public school are using the tools of technology to bring Christmas cheer to their community.
Jamie Barteaux, a grades 5 and 6 teacher at Roland Michener Public School, has led a class project to create holiday postcards and tags using Photoshop and marketing the items on the class website.
The students even created a podcast advertising the items and posted it on their website.
“Everyone in class made at least one,” said Lillian Kang, a Grade 6 student. “It’s really fun working with the Photoshop. There’s all these different tools – it’s really neat to work with all the new technology.
“It’s fun to blur and add different filters,” she added.
The class hopes to raise $500 for three charities selected by the students: the Kanata Food Cupboard, the Ottawa Humane Society and Free the Children International.
“We’re going to buy a hen for a community,” said Barteaux.
The gift tags and holiday cards sell for $5 a set and can be purchased on the website sites.google.com/a/cloud.ocdsb.ca/mrbarteaux/home.
Barteaux, who last year worked for the Ottawa public board instructing teachers on how to effectively use technology in the classroom, integrated the holiday card project as part of a lesson plan on print, online and other forms of media.
“A lot of the problems kids are having these days with media is being able to interpret the information that’s presented to them in so many different ways,” he said. “We need to teach them the components so they can analyze and interpret information for its true value.”
Media can entertain, persuade and inform, said Lillian.
“They persuade us to buy something, do something, think something,” she said. “They persuade us to do something you might not necessarily want to do – which is not good because sometimes they make you buy things, think things, do things you don’t necessarily need to do.
“You have your own brain,” she added. “You should think for yourself.”