Why TV Production for Kids is So Important

Warning: This post is an archive & tribute post + a look at how we started our #MHTVNews program. If you’re interested in starting a TV Studio in your school check out our MHTV Wikispaces page with 11 years worth of information there. Feel free to download, copy, take, use, and share! BUT….the Wikispaces site is going away in July so hurry. After July, I will be posting most stuff here on an MHTV Edublog Page! — Now, Back to the post!

We started our TV Studio the first year we opened our school. In fact, we worked with the architects of our new school to include a TV studio connected to the Library Media Center, fully furnished with a 15K studio curtain (which later got stained with a whip cream pie – not that I hold grudges) and cutting edge technology. It  also featured a kitchen area for cooking shows and connected to the Gifted and Talented Resource Room. (sadly, repurposed due to overcrowding) But, still — it’s a pretty awesome studio & WE LOVE IT!

In our 20th anniversary year, I thought I would share with you a historical online archive of a presentation that Ms. Dianne Wells (our first GT teacher) and I first gave in March of 2000 at MICCA now called MSET called: Lights, Cameras, Action: Technology Integration Through Television Production. Pretty forward thinking for 20 years ago! We’ve been doing MAKERSPACE since 1997. Some stuff will be a bit out of date, but see if you can spot the technology, links, or resources that are now obsolete!

Introduction

  • Students integrate available technology to produce a professional, research based, live daily television broadcast in addition to producing pre-recorded research based news magazine segments and public service announcements.

Television Production a Best Practice

  1. What are the benefits and/or outcomes of this best practice? Research based television production encourages appropriate integration of technology including use of the Internet, software applications and use of technical equipment. It provides an audience for creative production in the school community and supports and encourages career connections in a variety of fields including journalism, multimedia, photography, technology, public service, and more. Learning outcomes for reading and writing are easily integrated into the processes of television production which emphasize understanding by engaging students in thoughtful application of knowledge, processes and skills, and result in student products and performances. Students are continually required to work collaboratively, to read and write to perform tasks, to inform, to persuade, and to interpret, analyze, and evaluate data.

 

  1. How is this best practice related to the school improvement plan?  This best practice supports the county and state reading and writing initiatives to support student technology learning outcomes, is used as a medium for supporting human relations and diversity within our community. It also is a working model of best practices for appropriate and effective technology integration in accordance with ISTE & MSDE technology standards.

Technology Integration in Action

    • How is technology used? Students access current news from online sources, weather data online, graphics from online sources, digital images of local weather conditions, community members, and other images to support a daily news program.
    • Scripts are written and edited daily using Microsoft Word. Using multimedia software, students design introductions and animation’s to be used in Power Point graphic templates. Students use digital editing software such as iMovie to prepare specials to be used on the show. During daily production, teams operate the studio equipment including a teleprompter, computer graphics, mixing board, and audio.

An Overview of Daily Live Television Broadcast at Murray Hill Middle School

Pre Production:

    • Conduct an application process to select a crew for your studio.
    • Complete application using Microsoft Word
    • Conduct interviews/auditions – Tape the aspiring on-air talent
    • Hire students that show the diversity of your population. Each kid should “see themselves” on the Television show. Keep a good balance of boys & girls. Talent spot and encourage girls to learn the tech jobs- this can sometimes become a bastion of tech guys…try to be balanced in all areas of the show. (WOW, this has really changed over the years, now it’s the girls who run the tech and we only have a handful of guys apply and they usually opt for the on camera jobs)
    • Train as appropriate to operate equipment/perform jobs.
    • Software application: Microsoft Word, Opifex teleprompting software, AWS weather software, Web Browser, Microsoft Power Point, iTunes, and iMovie.
    • Hardware: Video cameras, mixing board, teleprompter, Computer generator, VCRs, CD player, microphones, analog & digital editing equipment.
    • On-air talent
    • Design a basic format to follow for your show. (story board, Power Point template for each day, Internet bookmark list- Backflip Folder or iKeepbookmarks.com)
    • Create a basic presentation software template for the graphic format of your show Power Point
    • Create an opening logo or movie using a graphics or video program (SpecularLogomotion, iMovie, etc.).
    • Assign students a time schedule to arrive (10-45 minutes pre-school, depending on assignment)

Production

    • Using a preset bookmark list of news and weather sources on the Internet, select the news topics for the day or use print copy of newspaper.
    • Download appropriate images or weather graphics.
    • Script writers will summarize and print news stories using word processing software (if using a teleprompter, save as text file to import)
    • Technician will update presentation template with current images to be used with news stories and weather graphics if appropriate; update credits if necessary.
    • On-camera talent will rehearse scripts.
    • All crew members will check to make sure equipment is on and ready.
    • Producer/Director will review production/format changes prior to on-air broadcast.
    • Access closed circuit system in your school.
    • Air broadcast.
    • Videotape productions for review/archive.

Post Production

    • Provide immediate feedback on quality of show.
    • Occasionally have crew members view and analyze previous shows to make improvements (using rubric).
    • Edit show tapes to create an archive of best, special, or bloopers (analog editing equipment and/or digital with AVID Cinema).
    • Conduct a focus group to assess audience impact.
    • Create a organization/labeling system (media archive) to avoid recording over important footage
    • Plan for making duplicate copies for distribution

Internet Resources for Television Production at Murray Hill Middle School

Daily Production

Ikeep bookmarks.com: As students share and add to our list of MHTV bookmarks, we have begun maintaining a universal set of appropriate bookmarks for daily studio use. It is possible to monitor, edit, and password protect the pre-set lists.

MHTV BookmarksWeather Segment

Murray Hill’s Current Weather Conditions: In addition to the AWS software in our studio, which allows us to access our current weather data, our current weather data is available on our homepage.  (2018 Update – no longer. We had the AWS on the roof of our building but after 15 years it was oudated and they wanted about $750 to replace it – we didn’t have the money so it sits now gathering dust. Le sigh)

MHMS AWSAWS network: Anyone with Internet access can access weather stations around the country to get current weather conditions.

AWS NetworkWeatherNet 4, Washington,D.C.: As part of the WeatherNet 4 FourWinds program, we are allowed to download and use the channel 4 weather maps as part of our daily broadcast.

NBC4 Weather FanaticsThe Weather Channel: We access this site for weather maps and coverage of weather events.

The Weather ChannelWBAL Channel 11, Baltimore: As part of the WBAL InstaWeather program, we access weather maps and other weather related data and information.

WBAL WeatherThe Baltimore Sun weather

Baltimore SunNews Segments

Yahoo News Summary: An easy to use overview of the major news stories of the day for a variety of national, sports, entertainment, technology, and science news.

Daily News SummaryThe Washington Post: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.

The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.

Baltimore SunSpecial News Features/Magazine Segments

The New York Times Learning Network: an excellent source for in-depth coverage of long term news issues such as School Violence, Election Campaigns, Crisis in Kosovo, and theWorld Trade Organization. This site includes current events articles related to the topic, background primary source information, research sites and topics, related issues, and points of view related to the issue. Good resource for special features and in-depth coverage of issues.

New York Times Learning NetworkPublic Agenda is a an online public opinion and policy analysis service which provides guides which offer a nonpartisan briefing on policy and polling — including “red flags” where poll results may be misleading; a digest of news, legislation, and studies; research sources. It is possible to register for online updates.

Public AgendaThe Ad Council maintains a site, which provides a history of public service campaigns and is a source of current campaigns. It provides a reference site for students to use as a model for developing their own public service campaigns.

Ad CouncilGeneral Resources on Television Production

Cybercollege: Television Production. On online television production curriculum for instruction of students or reference for professionals.

CybercollegeAvidCinema: an easy to use software package used for digital editing of video clips for television production. This site has tutorials for using the program in addition to project suggestions.

Avid CinemaHere’s a photo gallery of pics!
MHTV Studio

Caine’s Arcade: Ingenuity, Persistence, Optimism, & Lots of Tape!

MHTV Top Story:

“Caine Monroy built it and the people did come.

The 9-year-old boy from Los Angeles spent an entire summer building an elaborate arcade inside his father’s used auto parts shop.

A 10-minute video (above)  about his creation has been viewed more than two million times and has generated more than $100,000 for a scholarship fund.

Using old cardboard boxes and packing tape, Caine constructed elaborate games, according to the film. He priced tickets — $1 for four plays or $2 for a “fun pass” and 500 plays.

He pinned prizes to the wall. He even developed a high-tech security system for validating the arcade fun passes.

Caine, wearing a blue staff t-shirt he made himself, waited for customers.

But didn’t get any. His dad’s shop in east L.A. does most of its business online and gets very little foot traffic.

Enter Nirvin Mullick, who needed a door handle for his 1996 Toyota Corolla. He explains in the film how he bought a fun pass (it was the better deal) and played some games.

It turns out that one customer was all Caine needed.

Mr. Mullick is a filmmaker and decided to make a video about Caine’s Arcade.

“I said (to Mr. Mullick), it’s actually kind of a little joke around here because you’re his only customer,” says George Monroy, Caine’s dad, in the film. “If you can get him one customer, that would make him happy.”

“At that point we hatched a plan to get everybody in L.A. to come play Caine’s Arcade,” Mr. Mullick says.

Mr. Mullick got on Facebook and organized a flashmob to come to the shop on a Sunday afternoon. The event information went viral and ended up on Reddit, which Mr. Mullick calls “the front page of the Internet.”

Caine’s dad agreed to take his son out for pizza to give the flashmob time to gather and construct colourful signs.

With a honest grin showing uneven teeth, Caine was clearly thrilled to see a massive crowd had gathered and were chanting “we came to play!”

“I saw they were cheering for me,” Caine says at the end of the video. “And I was proud.”

Mr. Mullick’s film has now been viewed nearly one million times on YouTube and 1.5 million times on Vimeo.

A fund set up to send Caine to university — where many have wondered if the boy will study engineering — quickly raised thousands of dollars.

An early push for fundraising for Caine came from Justin McElroy, a video game journalist and managing editor of the Polygon, a video game website that will go live later this year.”

The MHMS Daring School Library Loves Caine’s Arcade!

What does this have to do with the MHMS Daring School Library? Well, this is the kind of spirit of  ingenuity, persistance, optimism, & creativity we foster here at Murray Hill! I’d like to think our kids could learn a thing or two from Caine. We showed this video to all of our 727 kids this during our daily live MHTV show & the our kids were really touched & inspired by it – and Mrs. Singleton & I were fighting over the Kleenex box! Great job, Caine! AWEsome job filmmaker Mr. Nirvin Mullick! You saw something special in this kid and helped realize a dream come true!   Viva creativity and the power of social media!

Caine’s dad Tweeted this morning:

caine is shopping for caps for @cainesarcade

smartparts1 caine is shopping for caps for @cainesarcade http://twitgoo.com/5osb29


Credits:  Story Source: Caine’s Arcade video about inventive L.A. boy raises $100,000 for scholarship fund
Photo Source: Caine’s Arcade Official Website – Used with Permission

Twitter Sources: Filmmaker Nirvin Mullick  @nirvan

Caine’s Arcade: @cainesarcade

Caine’s Dad Mr. Monroy: smartparts1