Our Experience and Expertise
Teach Multimedia, originally founded in 1996, provides teaching plans and techniques for middle school and high school video teachers. Combining backgrounds in broadcasting and education, we began hosting in-service workshops for multimedia/video teachers around the country. A reputation for state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive curriculum was soon established, and within a few years we had installed TV/Multimedia Studio Labs in schools from Maine to California.
One or two high-end cameras in a classroom with 30 students just doesn’t work! We offer a Turnkey Video Package that provides instruction in all facets of video production and keps students all on task at the same time..
The Turnkey Package consists of a TV/Multimedia Studio resembling an actual TV station, including all the equipment and jobs required to broadcast programming.
When using our three learning levels of software, equipment, curriculum, teach the teacher methods, students gain corporate and broadcasting knowledge skills using tools designed for the classroom so new teachers can teach and students get jobs. We try to balance a budget with our turnkey programs not just focus on equipment cost. We ask when the stuff arrives in your school NOW WHAT? Where are the outcomes, objectives, competencies, curriculum, testing, teacher training and what planned projects will students produce? AFTER THE EQUIPMENT GOES INTO THE CLASSROOM NOW WHAT? - WE ARE THE NOW WHAT.
Corresponding template-driven curriculum guides students through each phase of production as they rotate through all positions from storyboarding to editing. The Teacher's Guide and training allows the instructor to facilitate learning in all areas of the multimedia careers center and TV/Multimedia studio
Video Editing Software companies have been using our services to write their student curriculum, some of which is used in our labs. The key to the success of our labs is our staff-written curriculum which corresponds to the production software and equipment.
Satisfied schools led to the establishment of our consulting services, which are particularly useful during the planning stages of implementing a school multimedia program. We provide guidance and resources to help design a cost effective lab with a stimulating learning environment.
Drawing from experience in broadcasting and education, our staff has trained over 8,000 instructors to teach video production in the classroom. Education majors have learned to effectively motivate students to produce video projects from the planning stage to the final edit.
Our staff chaired the TV Production contest for Skills USA-VICA for six years and has written a column ("Multimedia Forum") for Ties, a national teachers' magazine available at www.TiesMagazine.org. Work at NBC, production of a national TV show, and directing corporate training videos for companies in the United States and overseas prepared us to help schools jump start their multimedia programs.
We have set the standard for middle school and high school multimedia curriculum; our courseware is used in schools across the country and in Canada. Our focus and energy are directed to provide multimedia teachers with the best possible educational tools and resources, so they can prepare their students for a real world job in an exciting and fascinating industry.
Who We Are
Teach Multimedia, a multimedia company at the forefront of the technical educational market, provides classroom solutions for grades 5 - 12 instructors. These turnkey packages include step by step student Curriculum, a Multimedia Lab with student-friendly equipment and Teacher Training in equipment operation and all aspects of video production. Completed student projects, delivered via Internet or cable to classroom, school and community, provide experience with an eye toward future employment in corporate or entrepreneurial environments where most multimedia jobs are found.
This is a gold mine for instructors who have been assigned a multimedia class but have little or no experience. Teachers who have taught video for several years will also find techniques and resources to increase classroom skills and prevent the “dumb attack,” not remembering material or not having a lesson prepared. Based on years of experience in both broadcasting and education, the staff at Teach Multimedia customizes packages specifically for the needs and budget of the school districts they serve. Three schools currently benefiting from Teach Multimedia educational solutions are Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, CA, Windham High School, Portland ME, and Nixon Academy (grade 5), Cerritos, CA.
The driving force of these packages is the step by step student Curriculum for each piece of equipment and software. Accompanying the curriculum is a Teacher’s Guide and many templates for classroom multimedia instruction in broadcasting. Since the curriculum is designed for four learning levels, students from grade 5 through 12 can learn broadcasting at the appropriate speed. Curriculum also includes templates and classroom materials for journals, time codes, evaluations, objectives and outcomes.
The Multimedia Lab replicates a broadcast studio with appropriate hardware and software for student learning. All students rotate through each job required to produce a broadcasted program in an actual studio or TV station. Kids love putting together a show using the storyboard, camera, teleprompter, and all the behind-the-scenes stuff they’ve seen on TV. Small labs with basic production and editing equipment up to labs with all the bells and whistles are available.
Teacher Training, on site or online, prepares multimedia instructors to teach not only how to operate equipment, but how to produce a video project that will impact an audience. Perfecting editing techniques, appropriate camera angles, interview methods, scene-to-scene continuity – all of these are involved in implementing a multimedia program and introducing students to the creative possibilities.