NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle High School's Writing and Filmmaking program taught by Anthony Stirpe has been designated a 2016-2017 New York State English Program of Excellence.
In Stirpe's class, students use the works of classic and modern authors, and creative writing and filmmaking, to analyze these writings in new ways. Students use iPhones, iPads and iPods to create films around the poems, thereby democratizing the filmmaking process and learning in unique ways.
"Really, it is the kids I am excited for," said Stirpe. "They have demonstrated how innovation can transform a traditional classroom, and it is exciting that NYSEC has recognized the significance of the stories they are creating and the critical thinking that is involved tackling such a significant endeavor. And, I have to admit, it is fun to see kids use their mobile devices as a learning tool, and not just silly Snapchats and Facebook posts."