How To Set Up a Classroom & Teach Video/Multimedia
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TMI can help balance your budget, set up a classroom with all students on task, and think like a teacher - not like a broddcaster!
What if there are 30 students in your class?
If you're teaching a computer class, you know exactly how many computers are needed. Answer: 30
If you are teaching a multimedia/video class, however, a TV Studio/Multimedia Lab would provide 30 broadcast positions so every student is on task. Skillful planning and budgeting ensures this happens and that each student has the opportunity to rotate to all positions. A properly functioning lab means all students have the opportunity to learn every facet of video editing production.
Far more practical than expensive sophisticated cameras, a TV Studio/Multimedia Lab resembles an actual TV studio but has student-friendly equipment where students learn how to put a TV program together. The lab is flexible and can be operated with 17 to 30 students.
Equipment and software are only part of a program. Equally important are the following:
- Student evaluations
- Classroom management
- Video projects that focus on school and community
The TV studio/Multimedia lab offers a ROAD MAP where all phases of videography are emphasized. This is significant because 80% of multimedia jobs are in the business world where streaming video, sales and product presentations, instructional, and informational videos are in constant demand.
TV stations and production houses where "camera follows action" afford a scant 20% of the job market. Corporations are 80% of the job market!
Which classroom approach would you like to take?
The Multimedia/Video Lab has four elements: Edit Stations, Broadcast Studio, Streaming/cable (Delivery) and Year-round Projects, taking students from the planning stage to the final edited video project.
Plan, Tape & Edit Stations: Edit Stations are designed for two students. These stations have a camera, tripod, microphone, editing software and optional computer with sufficient speed and storage. Here, students complete projects that will be broadcast by the "on-air" talent in the TV Studio or streaming.
Edit Stations are where students learn to plan, storyboard, tape and edit the stories they shoot with their video cameras.This is also where they acquire skills in storyboarding, lighting, taping angles, types of shots, audio and how to conduct an interview. The stories can be classroom, school, or community related.
These planned video projects replace “taping anything that moves” with a pricey camera and winding up with nothing but raw footage and little interest.
The TV Studio/Multimedia Lab is where completed video projects are introduced to the viewing audience, which could be the classroom, school, or the community via streaming video. This is where you see the results of the behind-the-scenes work accomplished at the Edit Stations. The TV Studio/Multimedia Lab has microphones, a teleprompter, news desk furniture and lights. Keep in mind that each piece of equipment requires a task to be performed by a student.
Delivery - or Broadcast - is another part of the Studio. Two student anchors deliver the story or the news from behind the news desk while reading from the teleprompter. Part of the anchor's job is to edit scripts to enhance the delivery.
Year-Round Student Project Modules
Year-round Projects are stories such as Morning Announcements, Teacher Interviews, School Sports Programs, School Orientation for New Students, Community History, Video Yearbook, Corporate and Training Videos, and United Way Presentations to name a few of many possibilities!
Do you realize that most schools spend 80% of their technology funding for video equipment that is used just 20% of the time? That is why our turnkey labs are designed to provide the best possible product for your money, introduce students to the corporate/broadcast industry and to prepare them for a career.
Digital Cable Broadcast Module
School would broadcast superior weather from the station to provide accurate up-to-the-second local weather data for your area. Students broadcast finished projects to cable community ,classrooms and streaming video with Turnkey School Broadcast Station (SBS). Weather instruments placed on top of school building.
Please Review Our Website
Please take time to review our website as you make decisions about how to implement a multimedia program in your school. Feel free to contact us with questions about any phase of your plan.
As you view the TV Studio/Multimedia Lab Modules page, keep in mind that the modules are available in three different prices: Advanced (higher end equipment), Medium and Basic.