Broadcasting into the future: Seven Hills School and Telestream Partnership
Seven Hills Middle School and local tech industry pioneer Telestream have once again collaborated on another project to help students to gain valuable technology skills.
Telestream has made a contribution to the students of Seven Hills and Rich Looney’s technology class by providing his tech class with Telestream’s industry-leading production software Wirecast.
The Wirecast program is a production tool that can input audio, video, and graphics content from a number of sources enabling Seven Hills students to create, produce, and broadcast daily news segments, special interest shorts, sporting events, as well as produce a wide range of media.
Looney, a Seven Hills technology teacher, developed a program for students to use Wirecast in order to deliver a daily news show called “The Morning Bulletin,” produced and created by the Raider television production team.
Praising eighth-grade student Nicole Cockroft, the station’s production manager was one of the students responsible for the broadcast programs creation, Looney said.
“As the Raider TV station’s producer, Nicole Cockroft took a lead role in interviewing Seven Hills students interested in becoming news anchors including overseeing the programs daily Raider Television news feeds,” he said. “We are just now beginning to train seventh-grade students for upcoming news segments and to eventually take over for the following year’s broadcasts.”
One of the most inspiring and surprising outcomes of the program is the level of ownership the students have taken with the project. Each of them come to school 45 minutes early every day to ensure the news broadcasts are filmed, uploaded and delivered to each classroom.
“Having this level of initiative and commitment with their own education is not the norm for students at this age and has been a very rewarding experience for not only me as their teacher but also the school community,” Looney said. “The Nevada City School District now has a platform for producing quality video segments and broadcasting live events.”
The Raider Television program is also designed as a mentorship program where older students teach younger students how to design, create, and produce video segments which will be broadcast on the school’s YouTube channel. Seventh-grade news anchor Amber Busse has recently joined the team along with co-producer Leah Brown.
Looney has structured the project in a way that provides students opportunities to collaborate in a way that models real world working environments. Looney hopes that by learning to work with one another and develop projects as a team, the students obtain valuable skills to help them be more successful in the future.
“Local high-tech companies Telestream and AJA Video have been so supportive of our school and students,” Looney said. “We are very fortunate and grateful for each to take a genuine interest in our school’s technology program and future.”
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