Friday, April 20, 2012

Waianae High School's Searider Productions Earns Distinction

Waianae High School's Searider Productions program has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its use of Macs, MacBooks, iPads, and Apple software. Through the implementation of Apple technology, students have been provided with innovative and highly interactive learning opportunities that focus on mastering contemporary digital media and computer technologies. Students are able to explore areas such as video production, internet journalism & social media, graphic arts & design, 2D & 3D computer modeling, and interactive media creation & design. 

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. The selection of Waianae High School's Searider Productions highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful, innovative implementations of technology.

A key organizational principle is the integration of real-world work assignments into the learning experience and formal curriculum. Students have had the opportunity to work on projects for private, public, and non-profit organizations. Students have also entered various digital media contests and have been recognized locally and nationally for their work.

Although the Searider Productions program is constantly growing and incorporating new and innovative approaches to stay current, it always remains true to its roots and its ultimate goal of preparing students for success in school, work, and life. Through the implementation of innovative Apple technologies, students are able to showcase their digital media skills and are better prepared for higher education, employment and entrepreneurship in digital media-related industries.

Rep. Jo Jordan (Waianae, Makaha, Makua) recently spoke with Candy Suiso, Executive Director of Searider Productions, on an episode of Jordan's Journal. The episode may be viewed below and on Rep. Jordan's Vimeo account.

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