For students who weren’t staging their scenes and taking photographs the last few days, Ms. Moira gave them a special assignment: Interview each other about your culture–and film it! After some brainstorming, we learned that culture means anything that has to do with the way we live! Here are a few of our answers. We would love to hear your answers to these questions too!
We absolutely LOVE seeing the progress you’re making on the comic book. WAY TO GO! And the survey you passed out to your neighbors is such a great idea, we are going to try a similar survey with our classmates at school. Believe it or not, it’s Wednesday and we haven’t had school yet this week! First, schools were closed on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK Day is a federal holiday and day of service, a day when we think about what we can do to make life better for EVERYONE around us. Martin Luther King, Jr. is such an important figure in our history of Civil Rights for African American’s and low-income families, we have a painting of him right outside the art room door! You can see it to the right of Damonte in the photo below. There’s also a big statue of him at our capital, Washington, DC. (We pulled this photo from the internet to show you how BIG it is!)
Then, yesterday and today were SNOW DAYS! We got almost 7in of snow last night! Hopefully we’ll be back in action tomorrow, but last week we loved watching the video describing the games you like to play. Some of the games are very similar here, but we give them different names. For instance, what you call “Sunday-Monday,” we call “Leap Frog!”
Last week we also started practicing with the cameras and staging photos for our final comic books. We have three different groups working on three different comic books all at the same time! Unfortunately, it’s also very cold here right now and so we can’t go outside to take our photos, which means we’ll have to be very creative with how we set up our scenes! Here are some of the shots we have so far!
We’ve learned so much from you all and the beautiful photos you’re taking! We look forward to seeing more soon!
First of all, here is our video answering the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” No one in our class wants to be a veterinarian, but many of them want to be doctors – and police!
Last Wednesday was our last week of shooting photographs for the comic book. The actors were: Sunaina, Ravi, Mala, Savita, Vibha, and Shatrughan. They did a great job!
For our Special Assignment this week, the kids who didn’t have an acting role went around their community and gave surveys to their neighbors about bullying in school. We wanted to see how big of an issue bullying really was – and the kids found out some shocking information:
Can you believe it?! 61% of respondents have missed at least one day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe! Now we are convinced that something needs to be said about bullying in school!!
Finally, here is a copy of the BULLYING SURVEY in English…is ConneXions interested in doing a survey of their school? We can compare results!
This Wednesday we will be reviewing the photos for the comic book, making final selections, and starting to put the book together!
~ Kid Powered Media
Tomorrow we get the chance to share KPM’s beautiful video and photos from shoot number two! Over on this side of the pond we are excited to be in the planning stages of our comic books! Below you see students working on the brainstorming and sketching phases of their process:
So far, our students have decided on three different topics for addressing in their comic strip: bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and violence. We are looking forward to figuring out ways to present these issues carefully, creatively and thoughtfully.
Now, here is a video addressing some of our hopes and dreams! Students answered the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? This time, the students helped edit the video as well 🙂
Hello ConneXions! Our students LOVED seeing your videos and learning more about your school and your city. Your observations of convenience stores is very accurate – in Delhi, lower socio-economic groups don’t shop at grocery stores or convenience stores where merchandise is behind glass (though they exist in the city). Most of the stores are indeed open-air.
And the Arabber carts in Baltimore are very similar to the fruit and vegetable carts that are everywhere in Delhi! In fact, we even have a scene in our comic book that involves one of these vegetable stalls! (You’ll have to wait and see for more details…)
This Wednesday, we had our 2nd day of shooting – and even after 2 weeks of holidays, the kids remembered everything and were ready to go!
Like last time, we split into 3 groups. This week’s actors were: Kajal, Kunal, Anuj, Ravi, Vibha, Savita, and Mala. They were doing their scenes from the comic book, with Kevin as the photographer.
In the Behind the Scenes group, Chandni, Dhanisha, and Anuradha were capturing the shooting to give an idea of what goes on during a KPM photo shoot. Here are a few of their pictures, taken with the help of a KPM volunteer from London named Grant.
Finally, the Special Assignment Team this week had Shatrughan, Sunaina, Sonu and Karan. They choose to show you all a little bit more about the games they like to play in their free time.
Here is a video with both responses to your films AND an insight into these games. Under are some of the photos from the Special Assignment Team.
Have a great week ConneXions – and as you can see from the movie, our kids loved seeing your classroom and meeting your drum teacher – they can’t wait to see more!
~ Kid Powered Media
ConneXions has a very strong focus on the arts and African culture. Below are links to two short videos to show you more about what our school day is like!
We thought you might find this style of drumming interesting, because different parts of India have their own unique types of drums and techniques, too! Papadam is originally from Senegal, where his family have been Griot for many generations (pronounced gree-oh, they are an important part of the community as they act like a combination of storyteller, musician, poet, historian, and sometimes local leaders or advisors). Although it is less common for children to have the same job as their parents in America, this is something that his West African background has in common with Indian culture: the passing on of jobs from one generation to the next, especially those related to traditional arts and crafts.
In the beginning of the first video, he plays an instrument from the Mandinka tribe; in the second one, and he plays a West African drum. As you can see from the videos, he is full of energy and truly loves his music!
The ConneXion’s students had a blast looking at your videos and photos! What beautiful images! They particularly liked seeing the kind of food and snacks you can buy in Delhi. A few of the students said they’ve seen some of it before, but it was brand-new to most of us! One observation a student made concerned the images of convenience stores. He noticed that they seem to be open-air stores, but in Baltimore they are always indoors and sometimes the food is even behind glass so the clerk has to get it for you.
Something that’s really unique to Baltimore, though, are Arabbers. This job is typically done by men who pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from a wholesaler and re-sell them from carts pulled by horses. There aren’t many of these carriages left, but you can still see them in the spring, summer and fall. They reminded us of some of the carts we’ve seen in your photos!
Below you’ll see a link to a video we made answering some of the questions your students had for us. In the video you will hear a very popular song from the R&B artist, Beyonce. We look forward to posting more questions and seeing your responses again soon!
Happy New Year everyone!