Media Literacy Workshops 2011
“Thank you for a really enjoyable and valuable experience yesterday….we had a fabulous day! ”
“Thank you for an excellent day at the Watershed”
These quotes are from teachers who brought their students to this year’s Media Literacy workshops at Watershed. The theme was ‘Why study the Olympics?” (see below for more information) and Opening Ceremonies through 20th Century Olympic Games provided the focus for the morning screening session, which included clips of Leni Riefenstahl’s innovative 1936 Berlin Olympics film, Los Angeles 1984, and the astonishing 2008 Games in Beijing.
Photos from the workshops can be seen in the gallery.
In the afternoon, the students – from Fairfield, Henbury, St Mary Redcliffe and Brislington Enterprise College – were given the challenge of creating their own opening ceremonies using drama, pairs of commentators and Olympic placards, or they could choose to write a report on one the opening ceremonies they had see earlier.
BBC volunteer crews worked with the students during the afternoon to help them devise, write and rehearse their performances and then filmed both the completed pieces and some of the writers reading their reports. The BBC volunteers seemed to have a good time too – the following quotes were sent after the workshops.
“Lovely to meet such engaged and enthusiastic children”
“I very much enjoyed it, it was great to meet the students and spend time with them and hear their views, it was great fun”