Sixteen Maui teachers brushed up on their writing, video shooting and editing skills at a hands-on summer workshop organized by PBS Hawaii, the producers of HIKI NO. A $5,000 Ke Alahele Education Fund grant helped to cover two days of presentations and exercises.
“It was very helpful,” said Maui High School teacher Clint Gima, a workshop attendee who teaches digital media and leads 20 students who produce HIKI NO pieces during the school year.
Now its third year on air, HIKI NO provides young people across the state an opportunity to practice their Science Technology Education and Math (STEM) skills and create half-hour episodes that air during primetime. There are 13 schools on Maui participating in the program.
Led by PBS Hawaii Learning Initiatives Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker, HIKI NO Online Editor/Associate Producer Lawrence Pacheco, and HIKI NO Managing Editor Sue Yim, the summer workshop covered story development and news production. Teachers were organized into video teams who shot, wrote and edited interview-based stories.
Gima said the workshop was fun and informative and it helped him to understand what makes a story newsworthy. He said his students have enjoyed the experience HIKI NO has given them. “They like it. They get to show their work to a statewide audience and that’s very attractive to them.”
Hana School teacher Ramona Moeai told PBS Hawaii: “Since the beginning of HIKI NO I never understood what shooting a sequence was all about. I just didn’t get it, until today, because today I had to shoot our sequence and make it work for our editor. By being forced to do it, I finally figured it out for myself.”
Pennybacker said the workshop gave Maui teachers a chance to bond and to receive one-on-one interaction with PBS Hawaii trainers.
“In the past HIKI NO workshops have included all teachers from all islands. With so many teachers crammed into one workshop, there was little chance for individualized training,” Pennybacker said. This year, due in large part to MEDB’s support, we were able to have a highly productive, personalized, hands-on teacher’s workshop exclusively for Maui teachers. There’s no better way to learn digital storytelling than by actually doing it, and this small-group, intensive, two-day “boot camp” enabled that to happen.”