About MHTV
  • Students integrate available technology to produce a professional, research based, live daily television broadcast in addition to producing pre-recorded research based news magazine segments and public service announcements.
Television Production a Best Practice

    • What are the benefits and/or outcomes of this best practice?Research based television production encourages appropriate integration of technology including use of the Internet, software applications and use of technical equipment. It provides an audience for creative production in the school community and supports and encourages career connections in a variety of fields including journalism, multimedia, photography, technology, public service, and more. Learning outcomes for reading and writing are easily integrated into the processes of television production which emphasize understanding by engaging students in thoughtful application of knowledge, processes and skills, and result in student products and performances. Students are continually required to work collaboratively, to read and write to perform tasks, to inform, to persuade, and to interpret, analyze, and evaluate data.
    • How is the best practice related to the school improvement plan?
    • The best practice supports the county and state reading and writing initiatives to support student technology learning outcomes, is used as a medium for supporting human relations and diversity within our community. It also is a working model of best practices for appropriate and effective technology integration in accordance with NETS/ISTE & MSDE technology standards.
Technology Integration in Action
    • How is technology used?Students access current news from online and print sources, weather data online in addition to our in-school weather station (AWS), graphics from online sources, digital images of local weather conditions, community members, and other images to support a daily news program.
    • Scripts are written and edited daily using Microsoft Word and exported to the teleprompter. Using multimedia software, students design introductions and animation's to be used in Power Point graphic templates. Students use digital editing software such as iMovie to prepare specials to be used on the show. During daily production, teams operate the studio equipment including a teleprompter, computer graphics, mixing board, and audio.

An Overview of Daily Live Television Broadcast at Murray Hill Middle School
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Pre Production:
    • Conduct an application process to select a crew for your studio.
    • Complete application using Microsoft Word
    • Optional resume
    • Conduct interviews/auditions - Tape the aspiring on-air talent
    • Hire students that show the diversity of your population. Each kid should "see themselves" on the Television show. Keep a good balance of boys & girls. Talent spot and encourage girls to learn the tech jobs- this can sometimes become a bastion of tech guys...try to be balanced in all areas of the show.
    • Train as appropriate to operate equipment/perform jobs.
    • Software application: Microsoft Word, Opifex teleprompting software, AWS weather software, Web Browser, Microsoft Power Point, iTunes, and iMovie.
    • Hardware: Video cameras, mixing board, teleprompter, Computer generator, VCRs, CD player, microphones, analog & digital editing equipment.
    • On-air talent
    • Design a basic format to follow for your show. (story board, Power Point template for each day, Internet bookmark list- Backflip Folder or iKeepbookmarks.com)
    • Create a basic presentation software template for the graphic format of your show Power Point
    • Create an opening logo or movie using a graphics or video program (SpecularLogomotion, iMovie, etc.).
    • Assign students a time schedule to arrive (10-45 minutes pre-school, depending on assignment)
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select the news topics for the day or use print copy of newspaper (when the interwebs are down)

    • Download appropriate images or weather graphics.
    • Script writers will summarize and print news stories using word processing software (if using a teleprompter, save as text file to import)
    • Technician will update presentation template with current images to be used with news stories and weather graphics if appropriate; update credits if necessary.
    • On-camera talent will rehearse scripts.
    • All crew members will check to make sure equipment is on and ready.
    • Producer/Director will review production/format changes prior to on-air broadcast.
    • Access closed circuit system in your school.
    • Air broadcast.
    • Videotape productions for review/archive.
Post Production:
    • Provide immediate feedback on quality of show.
    • Occasionally have crew members view and analyze previous shows to make improvements (using rubric).
    • Edit show tapes to create an archive of best, special, or bloopers (analog editing equipment and/or digital editing, iMovie).
    • Conduct a focus group to assess audience impact.
    • Create a organization/labeling system (media archive) to avoid recording over important footage
    • Plan for making duplicate copies for distribution
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TV Production Internet Resources
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Daily Production
  • Doing Backflips Over Google for Yahooligans - MICCA 2004.
  • Click above for our school's main Backflip Media Resources page.
  • All of our teachers contribute to this rich collection of resources
  • Click above for the TV Production folder that studio kids use every day to create our daily news broadcast.
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National & World News Segments
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  • Student News.Net (studentnewsnet.com), "is a daily online news edition written just for kids. The site offers teachers a safe place to allow their students to catch up on U.S. and world events, sports, the latest inventions, discoveries and issues important to their daily lives. In addition, teachers have a rich diversity of content that has been developed as an adjunct to the classroom curriculum to assist teachers in meeting national and state educational standards."
  • WARNING: This site is a pay site, there is a nominal fee for one person to join and I think it's worth it.
  • We *may* get a school license eventually, but for now only one kid uses it at a time after I log in.
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  • external image googlenewsneg.jpegGoogleNews:An easy to use overview of the major news stories of the day for a variety of national, sports, entertainment, technology, and science news.

  • external image washpostcomneg.jpegThe Washington Post: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.
  • external image kidspostneg.jpegAn excellent resource! A kid friendly version of the Washington Post.

  • external image baltimoresunneg.jpegThe Baltimore Sun: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.
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Weather Segment
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Click image above for a graphic display of Murray Hill's weather - this is the image we use on our daily show.
Click here for Murray Hill's complete Current Weather Conditions including historic weather data and minimum and maximum readings.

AWS network: Anyone with Internet access can access weather stations around the country to get current weather conditions.

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WeatherNet 4, Washington, D.C.: As partner of the WeatherNet 4 and the FourWinds program, we are allowed to download and use the channel 4 weather maps as part of our daily broadcast.

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Click select a site in the top right corner, then your county & then your school! Wait for it to load and Voila!
Your current weather conditions. If your school doesn't have a weather station, pick a site close to you!
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The Weather Channel: We access this site for weather maps and coverage of weather events.

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WBAL Channel 11, Baltimore: As part of the WBAL InstaWeather program, we access weather maps and other weather related data and information.

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Maryland Weather: a service of the Baltimore Sun

Entertainment News
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  • The Apple Movie site is a great site to watch the latest opening movie trailers. Preview them before air to make sure there isn't any inappropriate language or situations. For middle school we only show G, PG and selected PG-13 trailers. These trailers work on PC/WIN computers, too!

Special News Features/Magazine Segments

  • external image NYTlearningnews.jpeg The New York Times Learning Network: an excellent source for in-depth coverage of long term news issues such as School Violence, Election Campaigns, War on Terror, and the World Trade Organization. This site includes current events articles related to the topic, background primary source information, research sites and topics, related issues, and points of view related to the issue. Good resource for special features and in-depth coverage of issues.

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  • Public Agenda is a an online public opinion and policy analysis service which provides guides which offer a nonpartisan briefing on policy and polling -- including "red flags" where poll results may be misleading; a digest of news, legislation, and studies; research sources. It is possible to register for online updates.
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  • external image adcouncil_header_.jpg "As the leading producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) since 1942, the Ad Council has been addressing critical social issues for generations of Americans."
  • The Ad Council maintains a site, which provides a history of public service campaigns and is a source of current campaigns. It provides a reference site for students to use as a model for developing their own public service campaigns.

General Resources on Television Production
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Cybercollege: Television Production. On online television production curriculum for instruction of students or reference for professionals. From the site "Television Production A Free, Interactive Course in Studio and Field Production" by Ron Whittaker, Ph.D.

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The Opifex Prompter was written to provide the user with an effective and easy to use software based prompter. Free to download! Easy to use! Made for Macs! Sorry PC People....now you know how it feels to be the "redheaded step child" of software. :-)
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Digital Photography & Image Galleries
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    • Not free but not really expensive, (with discount # it's only $24.95 a year) I've gotten addicted to my Smugmug! Not my personal face, of course but the web site I joined called Smugmug.com. With one click uploads of hundreds of digital images, beautiful automatic thumbnails, easy rotate and correct color, easy to add captions and folders, it's the best for quickly showing and sharing your digital pics! I used to have and preached the benefits of an Ofoto Kodak acct...but it got to be unreliable for sharing pictures, it created more frustration than it was worth & then I found out about Smugmug from a friend and I have two accounts now!
    • One personal account that has pictures of my travels, friends, historic reenactment events, etc. I also have a school. account for my students, parents, and staff. That way, while the Polar Express school dance is still going on, or when the Shakespeare Festival actors are still riding home on their bus, I've already uploaded the pictures to show them online! (And they can show their parents, too!) Students and parents can download pictures directly from the site, or buy prints online!
    • If you use my discount # 7ZRp5RGnuYw4A you will get $5.00 off your yearly membership & my school saves $ on our renewal costs-- it's a Win-Win situation!
    • WOW! Smugmug is great! Ok, this was the only truly commercial plug on this site...but when I love something, I've gotta share it!~
    • Thanks for visiting! ~gwyneth
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Credits & Contact
Thanks to all the web sites for providing logo's to use with this page.
Thanks to the late Dianne Wells for the collaboration of this website for our team presentation for MICCA 2000*

For more information/questions/extra links
or ideas feel free to contact:
Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones

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first created: March.22.2000
re-imagined, redesigned & updated: April 20, 2005
last updated: April 23, 2005
©2005copyright gwyneth anne jones

*History and in Memorial: This website was first created as Lights, Camera, Action! Technology Integration Through Television Production - that site was a collaboration with the late Dianne Wells and myself for a MICCA presentation we did together in March 2000. A lot has changed since then. And not just with technology, TV Production, and the Internet.
I lost a mentor (the great tech sensei), a friend and one of the best Gifted and Talented teachers I've ever had the honor to work with. Her legacy goes on. She instilled in me a passion for many things...one being TV production and working with kids to make a show that is valuable and meaningful for the students and the community.
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