For many years, schools in @dcsnc used Channel 1 TVs for morning news programs for announcements. As this old technology has died, many schools have looked for replacements by using what is on hand. Robin Snider, SLMC at Churchland, has recently launched their brand new morning news channel called the Churchland Morning Buzz.
Robin offered the opportunity to all 4th and 5th grade students earlier this year. Each interested student was given a script, 10 minutes to practice, and had to "audition" in front of a large group. About 50% of students in grades 4 and 5 auditioned, and about half of those students were selected. To give everyone ample opportunity to participate, Robin created 9 teams of students: 8 regular news teams and 1 special events team that shoots "on location". This combination allows for each team to record 2-3 times per year.
Equipment and programs used:
Robin originally created the intros for the 9 teams using the iMovie app on an ipad. She then saved the video clips for students to use in future newscasts. Students write scripts using Google Docs, and shoot their own video footage using an iPad and a green screen app. When editing videos, students use iMovie and PicCollage.
When do they have time?
When each team gets their turn, they may record before school, during recess or during PE time. Since there are so many teams and they rotate, students aren't missing instructional time. Each student in each team plays to their strengths, whether it's writing, speaking or handling the technology. The goal is that each team works quickly and edits their own videos, but Robin does jump in to help if they run short of time. When finished, Robin uploads the final product to YouTube and shares with teachers.
Although the Churchland Morning Buzz has only been around for a few weeks, it is certainly all the "Buzz" at school. Students are perched on the edge of their seats when viewing the news in class. Principal Casey Milstead is overjoyed with the results.
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