Alta-Aurelia students learn about realtime broadcasting
What’s the word? It’s the Warrior Word of course. Warrior Word is a new film program featured at the Alta-Aureila High School. It is made by the students and for the students...parents and teachers too.
The beginning for Warrior Word began last spring when Business teacher, Tim Galvin, came up with the idea as part of profession development. The Profession Development is an incentive program that involves the students opportunities to work in real life settings instead of straight text book learning. Mr. Galvin teaches business ed, accounting, computer apps like Photoshop and video programs.
Kaleb Sleezer said about the class, “These classes provide us with the opportunity to dabble in possible real life career choices.”
The class is offered to junior and senior students and lasts for a semester. Tools used for the class are several camcorders, iPads, and a green screen. (Green screen is a green background that does not get picked by the camera using a green screen ap. This allows students to insert different backgrounds in the editing stage of the project.) Currently there are 13 seniors and one junior in the class.
The production has many aspects to it. There are two anchors who tell the news and set up the video for the reporters. The reporters take the camcorders out “in the field” to do interviews. These interviews usually are with teachers, students, coaches, athletes and whoever might be a person of interest. The students bring their recordings back to class where Mr. Galvin helps edit the segments preparing them for airing. The students also prepare segments and clips to put in the video.
The class is very hands on and the students are exposed to potential careers like broadcast journalism or graphic design. They even make up commercials for the videos.
“Something we keep striving for is improving our skills to put out a good product,” said Mr. Galvin about the students in his class. “We are now concentrating on our interview skills like developing questions for the interviews.”
The video is used to promote happenings in the school and in the community. The library and the Roxy Theater are just a few things they help promote. Even some private businesses are starting to use them.
A new episode of Warrior Word is aired every two to three weeks and lasts five to ten minutes and the students have a lot of fun with it.
“The Warrior Word is a great way to keep the student body informed about school and community activities,” commented Mary Barnes about the class.
The last episode the anchors dressed in green and placed a fake turkey on their heads to give the news. Using the green screen technique it appeared as if the turkeys were doing the anchoring.
Recently the class worked together to come up with a pamphlet promoting the school and all it has to offer and how to use the schools web page to check out calendar events, see district news letters, student activities and more.
Each student used Photoshop to develop a pamphlet and submitted it. One was chosen and printed using full color. Once okayed the pamphlet will be sent off to AEA to have several copies of it made to hand out to the public.
Mr. Galvin is still working on a permanent platform for the production. The video is put onto Mr. Galvin’s personal Youtube account, but would later like to set it up on its on account. If students or parents want to view Warrior Word go to www.alta-aurelia.org, go under directory and find Tim Galvin website and click on Warrior Word to see the latest episode.