Digital Media Lab
At Mark Day School, we know that true learning is all about connecting with a whole world of ideas, questions, people, and possibilities. Today, what we need most is to help our children make meaningful connections - globally and locally - in a world of information. If we want our children to be creative thinkers, wise leaders, avid readers, and curious researchers in this day and age, we must help them learn to read and explore ideas across multiple forms of media, ask good questions about the messages and information that surround us, think critically about the credibility of information sources in a world where everyone is an author, work together with peers - whether in the same room or across the world - to develop and answer complex research questions, and create and disseminate media that inspires individual, community, and global action.
Situated next to the Upper Learning Commons, the Digital Media Lab houses a spacious room built for students to work independently and side-by-side on laptops, record material in two sound booths, and create their own media using the green screen.
Students primarily use the Digital Media Lab to further their media and information literacy education. They have access to the tools to become responsible and informed users and creators of media.
7th grade Bizjack Project
Every year, 7th grade students combine history and media literacy to produce a documentary-style movie about historical events in a senior's life. They first visit local senior residences to conduct interviews about history events that occurred in their interviewee's lives. They then film and edit the video using iMovie and present their projects at the end of the week.
Upper Division elective: Mark Day TV
During this elective, 7th and 8th graders take on the role of reporters. They identify newsworthy events and happenings around campus and craft a visual story. They conduct on-camera interviews and learn how to shoot b-roll, and come away with a better understanding of how the shaping of a story for a particular audience is a great responsibility.