Six Valley View Elementary School teachers and staff members were honored Saturday by the Los Angeles County Office of Education for their classroom computer projects.
Hundreds of Los Angeles County teachers applied, but only 54 won Digital Voice Awards, certificates and plaques that celebrate the multimedia and technology-powered lesson plans.
First-grade teacher Lisa Jenks has won the last three years. In her class, students made a movie from a story they read. Using green screen technology and Apple computers in the technology lab, students starred as hermit-crab actors under the sea.
"It allows for creativity and allows them to have the learning be fun and motivating," she said.
They made artwork based on the story, and their individual pieces, through the green screen, became backgrounds to the movie.
"They are using their work in more than one way," Jenks said.
"They learn art, the story we learned and how they can be part of the story through the green screen."