"Hey look! We won." That was my initial reaction to finding out the results of this year's STN Challenges. Not because I wasn't excited for my students, but because we never go into a contest expecting to win. I tend to focus more on work ethic than I do about the technical and artistic elements of video production, because I feel like that'll have greater applications to all students in the future. I'm proud to say our hard has paid off this time. It's a testament to how great this year's kids truly are. I'm truly excited at all the possible outcomes they'll be able to achieve at this year's STN Seattle Competition.
The Problem: Students complain about Lunch Duty and view it as punishment because they are unaware of the importance of serving the greater good and civic responsibility.
The Assignment: Understand the importance of serving other, then create a short documentary on Lunch Duty with the intent of promoting civic engagement and the value of the "Greater Good."
Our Goal: To change the culture of complaining/avoiding Lunch Duty by harnessing the power of media that we're privileged to have through TigerTV.
Lunch Duty may not seem like a very serious or important topic to do a documentary on, but I think it is the perfect training exercise for the Advanced Media students as we move into the 2nd semester. Up until this point our productions in TigerTV tend to be somewhat "surface level." We report on what happens around school, create some entertainment pieces, and might do a "story," but rarely do we provoke thought from our audience. News and media outlets have the ability to change public opinion and motivate people to action, and yet rarely do we make use of that power at the middle school level.
My goal for this assignment is two-fold: attempt to change the culture of complaining about Lunch Duty while learning to harness the power of media in order to accomplish the first goal. It's a complicated task, but one that I think my student's this year are gifted enough to attempt to do. Check back here for our completed video!
STN Middle School Contests
Convention Recap: Khloe (1) & Ainsley (2)
Spot Feature: Lucas (1), Alana (2), Roni (2), Kim (1),
Movie Trailer: Noah (2), Cherish (2), Ilima (2), Ava(1)
Music Video: Jamie (1), Tia (2), Rylee (2), Kelly (2)
H I F F S T U D E N T S H O W C A S E
Student Ainsley T., Lucas R., Kelly B-W., Jaeziah T.(not pictured) and Aidan A. premiered their video "Aloha in the Ewa Community" at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) as part of the Daniel K. Inouye Short Film Initiative. They were treated like VIP, participated in panel discussion in front of an full theater audience, got to meet local politicians Irene Inouye and Jill Tokuda, and were included in a special Q&A session with famous actor Harry Shum Jr.
H I K I N O S H O W H O S T I N G
Student Alana Abarca was selected to host an upcoming Hiki No show that features our 2nd place awarded video for the Hiki No Fall Challenge. Alana spent 4 hours in the studio working with co-host Lexie (from Waianae MS) to record the show that will premier on December 6th, 2018.
STN Convention Contests are designed to challenge every team
to create their best work based on a specific prompt and make the deadline.
All entries receive critiques by professionals in the industry.
Each student may enter only one contest plus one Crazy 8 competition.
Each program membership may enter up to 12 contests.
*DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY COMPETITIONS*
STN RULES & REGULATIONS
About The Program
The Ewa Makai Media group consists of Hawaii's first all-inclusive mandatory media program focusing on: Video Production, Business Exploration, and App Design.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I serve as a HSTA PD Trainer, Media Department Founder at Ewa Makai Middle School, Club Advisor, and Event Organizer for video-focused events in the Leeward District.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota