Participate 3- Accessing Digital Learning Communities

The following blog was written as part of a class I am taking online.

The big problem/ barrier  with audio video technology resources is a lack of uniformity.  One of the best school programs I have seen in person is GHS TV at Germantown High School.   The program at the time incorporated several teachers and ran a community access TV station 12 months a year.  This is a great program to follow if you have that kind of financial support.  However just a few miles away in Memphis Tennessee, teachers were patching together consumer grade equipment.   So when you are researching material it may be hard to find a program that has similar resources.  The best thing is to find your information from other programs in your community and state.    This makes it easier to sort out this information.  I was down the road from GHS at the time so it was easy for me to distinguish the differences in our programs.

It is better now then when I started out.  I had a few websites I visited pretty regularly but that was it.  Now I participate in list serves and Facebook groups.  It is much easier to post a question then to find a source online.  You can get answers from across the county from programs that are similar.

Another barrier with online information is some of the information leaves room for discussion.  Most media specialists will tell you that it is ok to to use 30 seconds of copyrighted material in your projects.  However the Student Press Legal Center will tell you something different.    I have seen tons of conflicting information.  I have my own interpretations through my experience.  I tell my students to rely on their employer or teacher when dealing with sticky information.

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Film Equipment for the Audio Video Technology and Film Classroom

This is enough gear to get your class started in film production.

DSLR Camera capable of recording video

Suggested Canon Rebel

A 50mm or an 85 mm prime lens

Suggested a Canon 50 mm  1.8

A slate

Suggested a Ikan White production 9 x 11 slate

An audio recorder

Suggested Zoom H4n

A boom pole

Suggested a Rode Micro Boom Pole

A shotgun microphone 

Suggested Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Micro

A tripod

Suggested a Benro or Manfrotto

Light source

Suggested 2 Wescott 5 in 1 Reflectors

Assorted Cables and Extra Batteries

This is almost the same equipment I used on some of our first short films.  We have used most of this same equipment if not something equivalent was used. Hopefully, you have a few of these items.  For my next post, I am going to going to go over the crew positions for a classroom short film and next steps for equipment.  


What a Difference a Week Can Make.

I am home today with my daughter and reflecting on the events of last week. First off, I am lost and not sure I am know what I am doing with this Etmooc. Second, I am inspired as I have been in a long time today. Since last night I started a community for fellow broadcast teachers in Georgia. I have already created several documents for this community. I am going to open them up so we share information. As of right now, I am the only member of this community and I am already starting discussions. Call me Crazy. Third, I am in the process of adding my new about.me to my signature on all of my email accounts. Fourth, after Monday night I updated my profile on several of my accounts. Does this picture make me look fat? professional? cool? Fifth, next year my students are writing blogs. I don’t know what about yet, but I am hoping to have the answer to that before lunch. If you need me today, I will be home tweeting, posting, creating my future. Here is my contact info.