Meet TigerTube, the news team at Liberty Elementary School in Harrisburg, SD.
TigerTube is one of our contestants in the SVN Broadcast News Competition and we were very imipressed with what they do. We thought you might be too. Here is Tyler Muth, instructor for the show.
SVN: Tell us about your background and how you decided to start teaching TV/Video production?
TM: I am in my fourth year teaching 5th grade at Liberty Elementary in Harrisburg, SD. We actaully don’t use our production as a class, it’s more of an extra-curricular activity that students volunteer to participate in before school and during recess. This is our first year running the news program.
SVN: How did you obtain initial funding for your program? How do you fund the class now?
TM: We do not have or receive any additional funding for our program.
SVN: Did you have equipment available?
TM: The equipment we have is very minimal. We use a flip camera and iMovie. The weather is projected onto my InterWrite board.
SVN: How many kids to do the morning news broadcast? Do you also do a weekly broadcast? Special events coverage?
TM: Our newscast is a weekly show as of right now that reports on important events & school dates, PTO information, announcements, and we use it to showcase students and staff.
SVN: Do your students capture other school events? Sports? Assemblies? Board meetings? Musical Performances?
TM: As of right now, no….but we could like to include those events in the future.
SVN: What jobs do the kids do? Do the kids rotate through on-air talent and crew positions or are they “hired” for a specific task?
TM: We have different students each week. Two anchors and a weather reporter, and depending on the week, either staff or student reporters. When we first started Tiger Tube, I did most of the filming, but we are starting to have it be more student led.
SVN: Do students audition for on-air positions?
TM: Students do not audition. I have a lot of volunteers week to week though. I like to keep all the positions for 5th grade students so that the younger grades will have something to look forward to when they become 5th graders.
SVN: Do they write the content?
TM: Right now, I do most of the writing with help from other students. When I meet with the anchors and read through the script, I have them fill out a storyboard as I explain how the show is going to go. As we read through it, we think of puns or jokes to add into the script to liven it up.
SVN: How long does the show run?
TM: Our shows are usually between 3-5 minutes.
SVN: Do you submit programming to independent contest such as those sponsored by StudicaSkills and SchoolTube TV?
TM: The SVN New Contest is the first contest I have submitted our show to.
SVN: Can your broadcast be viewed outside the school? District-wide? Local cable access? On your school/district web-site?
TM: Our show is posted on a shutterfly site and on our school wiki.
SVN: Do you have an equipment list you can share with our readers?
TM: Just a flip camera and iMovie software.
SVN: Have any quick start tips!
TM: I watched a lot of more local news to see how it runs and transitions from segment to segment. I also searched for other elementary news shows for ideas. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The great thing with technology, is that there are so many possibilities and solutions even with minimal equipment. And most of all, have fun with it.