HERKIMER — Students in Heather McCutcheon’s and Ryan Orilio’s New Media class had the chance to put together their own Adobe Spark video as part of a project where students could include pictures that represent them and a narrate their video.

In one so-called “This Is Me” video, a student included pictures of acrylic paints, a cat, a volleyball, a Minion with a “sarcastic” sense of humor, a sunset with a palm tree and a picture with her twin sister.

Another student — the first student’s twin sister — also notes she’s a twin while including a picture of a soccer ball, the word “determined” and “The Honest Co.” logo. The videos include narrations from the students explaining what each photo represents for them.

When the videos were completed, they were put out on social media.

The New Media class is new to Herkimer High School. McCutcheon and Orilio started teaching the half-year elective for the first time Jan. 29. Both teachers say the class is unlike other classes they have previously taught.

“Students will be creating and publishing original content in a variety of media forms for an authentic audience,” said McCutcheon in an email. "Students will problem solve, challenge, collaborate, design and create innovative projects. Student experiences will be across a full spectrum of digital products and interfaces.”

Students in the class are learning website design, journalism, graphic design, video, digital photography and social media. Tools students will be using include iPads, iMac computers, Google Classroom, Adobe Spark, a 3D printer, Tinkered software, drones, GoPro cameras and a SLR Camera to create content.

McCutcheon said course expectations are “designed to get students creating, publishing and interacting in new ways and with new tools.”

“Students will be expected to take ownership of their learning. This means students will have deadlines to meet, and products to create,” she said. “There will be a number of self-directed learning activities, where students will be responsible for their own time management and evaluation of their own work.”

Johanna Humble, a junior, said she liked the class and enjoying learning how to use technology.

“We can come and have fun,” she said.

Samantha Vandenberg, a junior, added they are learning how to put out a “positive outlook” on social media.

“Students are able to take their learningintheirownhands,”said McCutcheon. “They are able to create content using a variety of technology tools and are encouraged to share them out on social media using our class hashtag — #herkmedia. This content they create is innovative, creative and one of a kind. They are creating their own brand!”