NOTE: This video captures student voice. No adult intervention has been entered into.
Ironically Wednesday 23 February 2011 the day after the Christchurch earthquake occurred, would have been the first of a scheduled three day virtual field trip for students about the Canterbury earthquake.
The building that Learnz generally accommodate was affected by the Christchurch earthquake and so given some quick thinking, Paul made skype contact with Whaea Jeanette and e-Learners from his home. Students were inquisitive to know just how such a traumatic experience might feel.
Paul was at work in Spark House, Durham Street sharing a video with colleagues at the time of the earthquake. He managed to crawl under his desk.
What were you thinking when the earthquake was happening?
Paul thought the earthquake was sharp and a lot stronger than the Canterbury quake.
What is the future going to be now for you and your family?
Paul will soon leave Learnz. He is not however prepared to move from Christchurch as everything he loves is there.
Post the skype conference three e-Learners have summarised their thoughts:
This learning experience has made me think…
… what an earthquake must be like and how important it is to know how people in Christchurch are feeling – Amaris.
… that it can be really miserable having to cope without power or proper sewerage – Paige.
We then viewed a video about digital photography and three simple things to remember when taking a digital photo like subject matter, light and composition.
Our task before morning tea was to take three headshots and three 'posing' photos.
Before the bell, Whaea Jeanette introduced Photo Filtre, a photo editing programme that we spent time on manipulating our head shot images.
Whaea Jeanette talked further about the works of Andy Warhol and Roy Liechenstein. She also spoke about pastel pop art using our head shot images and we started the art process.
2010 e-Learners were given the opportunity in the afternoon to talk about ICT and e-Learning then share their weebly websites with newbies. This led nicely into 'snadpit time' and all students creating simple powerpoint presentations titled 'About Me'.