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Irvington Middle School Students Visit Jacob Burns To Become Movie Makers

Sixth-graders from Irvington Middle School learned a few things about filmmaking on their recent field trip to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.
Sixth-graders from Irvington Middle School learned a few things about filmmaking on their recent field trip to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Photo Credit: Contributed
Since their trip, the students have been working with their teachers and Jacob Burns staff members to produce their own digital stories.
Since their trip, the students have been working with their teachers and Jacob Burns staff members to produce their own digital stories. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington Middle School students who are studying the art of making movies in their English language arts classes recently had the opportunity to learn from professionals.

The sixth-graders went on a field trip to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on Nov. 18 and 19 to collaborate with staff members at the center.

The visit was made possible through a generous grant from the Irvington Education Foundation, which also funded the new iPads that the students have been using to make and edit their movies.

The sixth-graders, under the direction of teachers Karen Acrish, Jessica Doherty, Carol LaBella, Judy Nadler and Amy Panitz, are participating in a unit called “Digital Storytelling: A Dynamic Look at Narratives.”

“The Digital Storytelling unit gives students the opportunity to learn about visual literacy, explore the ways digital images are used to tell stories and recognize the impact they have on our society,” Doherty said.

Since their trip, the students have been working with their teachers and Jacob Burns staff members to produce their own digital stories.

They will share those movies at the Irvington Middle School Film Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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