5 Back to School Video Ideas

Summer is officially over and the new school year has begun.

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Back to School

The older you get, the shorter your summers seem to be.

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A Saucer of Chaucer

Chaucer SaucersToward the end of the 14th century, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer penned a collection of stories called The Canterbury Tales.

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Going Into Summer Shutdown Mode

Summer break is rapidly approaching, and if you are like most high school broadcasting teachers your studio will sit unused for the summer. 

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Back To School – a video project

The dream sequence has been a popular visual tool since the inception of motion pictures. In a dream sequence, the videographer or filmmaker deliberately distorts the images (and often the sound as well) to create a surreal, dream-like effect.

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Tips to Promote Your Video Online

Tips00There has never been a better time for video producers to promote and distribute their own work.

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2nd Annual Student Media Day

An annual media/informational event for high school students enrolled and/or interested in the Audio/Video Technology and Film Programs throughout the state of Georgia.

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Dearly Departeds

When it comes to setting an otherworldly tone for a movie, is it any wonder that cemeteries often top the list?

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How to Anchor Like a Pro - Part Two

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

The best anchors in this country do not waltz onto the set and read their scripts cold;

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Summer Break

When I was in high school, the excited countdown to summer vacation began right after Easter.

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Teaching The Control Room: Graphics and Teleprompter Operator

Albert02

Last month I talked about how the audio and video engineers undeservedly get the title of some of the most under-appreciated positions in the broadcast control room. 

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How to Anchor Like a Pro

Becoming a successful television anchor or reporter takes time, talent and tenacity. 

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Takin' it on the Road with Cleveland (TN) High School

Eight years ago, Cleveland High School entered the world of live video streaming.

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Teaching The Control Room: Audio and Video Engineer

Audio00Who is one of the most under-appreciated crew members on a student video production? 

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How to Hatch Your Next Plot

One of the most common questions that writers get asked by non-writers is “Where do you get your plots?”

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How does your Garden Grow?

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

- Jane Austen

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The Big Book of Stuff

Wards_CatalogueLike a lot of American households, ours is routinely inundated with several tons of mail order catalogues per year, only a third of which have items we’d ever actually think of purchasing.

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Don't Touch That Dial!

Could you tell a story from start to finish if you only had 60 seconds? How about 30 seconds? Impossible as that seems, TV and radio ads accomplish this 24/7.

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Resolutions

It’s February. How are all those resolutions you made on New Year’s Day coming along?

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Box Office Beasties

LucyIt was W.C. Fields who famously cautioned fellow actors against ever working with animals or children.

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Sports Production Opportunities

More than ever, experience in video production is a valuable asset for young aspiring multimedia professionals to have when they graduate from college, and the Patriot League is making it happen.

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No Reservations

Indoor plumbing, free soap, bath tubs and locks on the door are amenities that we take for granted when staying in modern hotels.

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Teaching the Control Room – Producer and Director

CR04This is the first in a series of articles where we will explore the different positions in a typical High School broadcast production control room. 

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Hoover's Mobile Storyteller Update

Here is an update on Hoover's Mobile Storyteller project.

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Cinemoms

Mothers have long been a mainstay of television shows and movies.

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Writing for Broadcast - Storytelling

Fasten your seatbelts! I'm going to tell you something that will "stop the presses."

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Straight From The Schenectady Idea Service

 Back in the days I ran a touring theatre company, we used to debut 12-16 original one-act plays per year.

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The Six Million Dollar Plot

“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.

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Loosen it Up: Tongue Twisters

Once you've learned how to recognize and put together a riveting story and interview, then you must ask yourself: How do I tell it in front of the camera?

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Mini-lessons: Interviewing

Think about the times when you have watched a news report, seen a film, or viewed a television show.

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Small Talk

In 1951, a man named Joe Franklin debuted a new television program that would become the forerunner of today’s popular talk shows.

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Teaching The Control Room - A New Series

This month in School Video News we are starting a series of articles entitled “Teaching The Control Room.” 

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Mini-Lessons: Proper Microphone Techniques

Audio is just as important, if not more, than the video.

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Game Changers

Although no one was writing down rules during prehistoric times, it’s nonetheless likely that the offspring of our primitive ancestors were engaging in some sort of games (and not just to run off energy).

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On the Ballot

BallotThere’s no question that politics can be a hot-button issue in a lot of people’s lives. Whether it’s an election for student body officers or aggressive campaigns for the country’s presidency,

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Mini-Lessons: Shooting Tips – Light for Videos

Fiat lux is the Latin phrase for “Let there be light.”

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Moving Day

 

Even when I was a young struggling actress, I managed to acquire a lot of “stuff” – stuff that seemed to take forever to pack and unpack whenever I moved to a new address.

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A Bard By Any Other Name

ShakespeareFor over 400 years, much ado has been made about the true authorship of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and 154 sonnets.

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Mini-Lessons: Nat Sound

The audio in a video is just as important, if not more, than the actual video itself. Without sound, you don’t have video. You may have heard that from me before.

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HSC Top 6 Clips from 2013

Best of the best from 2013…

What an amazing year of high school broadcasting. We want to share the best clips from these events with you. Enjoy!

NOTHING BUT THE BOTTOM OF THE NET!
15 seconds left – tie game - Tyler Ulis shows why he is the best high school point guard in the country (and maybe the world). He runs down the clock, fades, fires and fills the bottom of the net with the gamewinner! watch
LATERAL OF A LIFETIME
The last play of regulation - QB Bret Mooney scrambles 25 yards and gets clobbered…but WAIT! He lateraled the ball to Josh Walker for the head-scratching game winning TD! You’ll have to watch it twice to believe it! watch
DUSABLE’S LAST STAND
Regional championship game - tie game - 20 seconds left - heavy underdog DuSable High School looks for a defensive stop and overtime. Instead, they grab the rebound, run the break and hit the game winner! DuSable wins! watch
AND IT'S…CAUGHT!
State playoffs - down by 7 - 4th and goal from the 7 - do or die - QB Tom Duddleston gets the snap, rolls right, throws for the endzone…and you’ll never believe what happens next! watch
WITH A LITTLE KISS
Sectional championship game - Down by 1 - Ball out of bounds 84 feet away - Season on the line - Marian Catholic inbounds the ball to Aston Millender, who banks in the game winning half court shot…OFF THE GLASS! OFF THE GLASS! OFF THE GLASS! watch
NO TITLE DOES THIS PLAY JUSTICE
Down by 7 - 9.5 seconds to play - 53 yards to go - QB Adam O’Malley scrambles and heaves the Hail Mary downfield. Mike Bishoff miraculously hauls in the tipped prayer, but he’s still 10 yards away. Can he score?! …it is #1, isn’t it? watch

 

 

Video Profile Project

A video profile introduces an audience to an important person and a story waiting to be told.

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Mini-Lessons: Shooting Tips – WALLDO

You have successfully completed the Brainstorming and Planning Session, Shooting Tips Part One BRoll, and now you’re ready for Shooting Tips Part Two.

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A Beginner’s Guide to ScreenFlow – One of the Best Screen Capture Applications on the Mac Market

Given that many school video projects involve a lot of screen capture and recording, ideally you’ll want something that can handle the on-screen recording, editing and exporting right from within the software.

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The Dreaded Doppelgangers

NurseryWhen I was in high school, there were three sets of twins – two fraternal and one identical – all of whom were fascinating to the rest of us.

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Mini-Lessons: Shooting Tips – BRoll

The student newsroom is quiet. Reporters working in groups have some down time. What should I have my students do to be productive?

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Halloween Ghastly Effects

How to Make a Ghost - You don't need any supernatural power to create a real video ghost, it's all in the production techniques and the storytelling art.

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PBS NewsHour Focus on High School Dropout Issues

PBSAnother year of PBS NewsHour Extra’s Student Reporting Labs program is underway with a brand new batch of participating schools.

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Get the Camera out of AUTO!

Teaching basic camera operation is one of the first lessons in a level one video production class

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Lost and Found

When I was in first grade at Riverside Elementary there was a Friday morning tradition called “Show and Tell” in which everyone was supposed to bring in something interesting to talk about.

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Here There be Monsters

GodzillaLike a lot of kids, I grew up thinking that monsters lived in my closet. I had no particular reason for believing this, of course, nor did I ever ponder why they could be kept so easily at bay by a Tinkerbelle nightlight, an open bedroom door and a cadre of vigilant stuffed animals.

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Weather or Not

It’s something we certainly all talk about but no one can do anything about. This month’s lesson plans revolve around the unpredictable whims of Mother Nature.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Ever since the first public school in America was established in 1635 by the Puritans, there is one thing that students can always count on hearing when they return to the classroom after three months off: “Write an essay titled ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation’.” 

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Dance Fever


BalletclassAh, the dance! Whether you love it or loathe it, your feelings about getting on a dance floor likely derive from past experiences.

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Workaday World

From the beginning of civilization, there have always been jobs that needed to be done

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He Said, She Said

For as many conversations as we participate in or listen to every day, capturing a similar rhythm and realism in a screenplay isn’t as easy as you’d think.

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Hats Off to National Apple Strudel Day


applestrudelJune 17th is National Apple Strudel Day. No, you don’t get a day off from school, your parents don’t get a day off from work,

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Mini-Lessons, Part One

The student newsroom is quiet. Reporters working in groups have some down time. What should I have my students do to be productive?

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You Can Quote Me

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.

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Applying Creative Dramatics to High School English - Pt 2

Part two of the original Writing in Stereo.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics to all aspects of the teaching of high school English. 

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Weather: Telling the Weather Story

We started this series off talking about the importance of a weather program in your school with the bottom line, “While other parts of your show may get stale, the weather story is constantly changing.”

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What's Cookin'?

What better way to hone your culinary skills than by inviting a master chef into your kitchen every week to personally teach you?

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The Last Project

What is our job? Really, what is it? Is it to keep our students from breaking or stealing the equipment?

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Every Witch Way

Halloween has no shortage of traditional images. Jack O’Lanterns. Skeletons. Ghosts. Black cats. And yes, witches.

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Partners

Batman and Robin.
Abbott and Costello.
Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Lewis and Clark.
Penn and Teller.
Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Butch and Sundance.
Orville and Wilbur.

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Applying Creative Dramatics to High School English

The first Writing in Stereo

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980's. 

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Create Contests - Just for Fun

After attending a National Student convention, with on-site video competitions, I realize how important it was to offer practice contests to my students.

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The End of Everything

LightsOutGiant asteroids, annihilation by aliens, fast-spreading plagues, nuclear holocaust, global warming. As Earthlings we have quite a bit to worry about.

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Social Butterflies: The Use and Misuse of Social Networks

SocialButterflyAlthough it’s uncertain when the phrase was first put into use, a “social butterfly” was likely the forerunner of a “people person”

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Heros

When I was a teenager, I had a huge crush on Audie Murphy after watching all of his movies.

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  2. Truth Meets Fiction
  3. Working With An All Student Production Crew
  4. Reporting With Props
  5. Writing in Stereo: The Wraparound
  6. How to Group Students - Crews and Jobs
  7. Reporting Techniques - Reporting with Gestures
  8. Writing in Stereo - The Local or School Angle
  9. Imaginary Realms
  10. Reporting Using Voice
  11. Writing in Stereo - The Print to Broadcast Rewrite
  12. Imaginary Friends and Fiends
  13. LipDub 101 - Get your whole school involved!
  14. Voice Overs-What it is and how to do them well
  15. Writing in Stereo - The Voicer
  16. Reporting Techniques
  17. The Crooked Path
  18. The Phoner
  19. Let's Make a Deal
  20. Inventive Minds
  21. Meet and Greet
  22. Daniel Boone, Werewolf Hunter
  23. Good Sports
  24. Once Upon an Island
  25. Talking Heads
  26. Broadcast Advertising
  27. "X" Marks The Spot
  28. Live Broadcast Jobs
  29. Sound Effects Activity
  30. Road Trip!
  31. The Video Scavenger Hunt
  32. Storyboarding Software... even if you can't draw!
  33. Dream!
  34. All the News That's Fit to Sprint
  35. Nothing Ever Happens at Our School
  36. Let's Do Lunch
  37. Hitting all the Bases
  38. Producing Live Athletic Events with NewTek's TriCaster
  39. Family Matters
  40. Preparing for a Career in Sports Broadcast
  41. Finding Talent for Videos
  42. How to Create a Great News Story
  43. Montage: Students as Artists
  44. Music Video: Students as Rock Stars
  45. Commercial: Students as Salespeople
  46. Developing a Broadcast Voice
  47. News Report: Students as Reporters
  48. The SkillsUSA Experience
  49. Documentaries: Students as Recorders of Reality
  50. Drama: Students as Writers and Actors
  51. Educational Video: Students as Teachers
  52. Reality TV: A Training Exercise
  53. Video Projects for the Classroom
  54. Announcing? You?
  55. Hoover Book Club