[IAEP] Fwd: Lennox Island students learn digital animation

Sebastian Silva sebastian at fuentelibre.org
Tue Mar 21 08:34:01 EDT 2017


I noticed this post on Sugar Planet this morning... does anyone know
what software they are using? Sugar+Scratch?



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Subject: 	Lennox Island students learn digital animation
Date: 	Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:24:29 GMT
From: 	Diriana Teran <>

Lennox Island students learn digital animation

Pilot project provides laptops, training

Eric McCarthy newsroom at journalpioneer.com
<mailto:newsroom at journalpioneer.com>
Published on March 7, 2017

John J. Sark Memorial School students give a demonstration of the
digital animation skills they acquired using laptops donated to them by
Princes Charities Canada and One Laptop Per Child Canada.


**LENNOX ISLAND – Carson Thomas thinks he will be better equipped going
forward in doing Internet searches for school projects.**


Thomas and his fellow Grade 5 and 6 students at John J Sark Memorial
School on Lennox Island spent two hours after school each day last week
receiving computer animation and programming training.

Prince’s Charities Canada, the charitable office for His Royal Highness,
The Prince of Wales, partnered with One Laptop Per Child Canada to
provide computers and training to indigenous youth. Lennox Island was
one of seven First Nations across Canada to benefit from the pilot
project this winter.

Thomas said he learned how to change colors on computer projects and how
to make his name animated and dance.

Matthew Rowe, Director of Operations, Prince’s Charities Canada, said
the participating schools and their students get to keep the computers.

Rowe said the students in the Lennox Island project created digital
animation projects, talking mostly in Mi’Kmaq, about the traditions of
their community. “The idea was to build digital skills while getting
them to create projects that were giving them a chance to use the
language and to learn it,” he said.

While digital animation is a new approach for the students, Rowe said
the Grade 5 and 6 students was a good age range to work with. “They
actually soak it up like sponges,” he said of the simplified coding

Grade 5/6 teacher, Nicole Gorrill, said the students already possessed
basic computer skills but the shared project taught them new skills.
“What happened, for most of the students, it really piqued more of their
interest for technology,” she observed. “They’ve been learning these new
computer skills, but they are also now able to kind of take what they’re
learning in their cultural class here at the school and they have a new
way of displaying that so that they can teach their friends or other
family members,” she suggested.

“It’s been really, really good to boost their self confidence.”

Grade 6 student, Kavon Bernard is excited about the potential. He’d like
to “make animations, set them up to the internet and get famous on

The students, working in teams of two, prepared one to two minute
animation projects which they shared with other students, family members
and elders. Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis and former premier Robert
Ghiz, a member of the Prince’s Charities Advisory Council were in
attendance for the presentations.

“Lots of big, big smiles today,” Gorrill said in describing her
students’ sense of accomplishment.

Rowe said schools involved in the pilot project also receive a year of
ongoing support.


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