Non-Video Students Borrowing Video Class Equipment

HarrisRecently a topic of teacher discussion was centered on how various teachers dealt with the student or teacher who shows up at your classroom door and asks to borrow a camera or some other piece of equipment.

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Adapting a “Must Learn” Attitude Toward Written Tests

HarrisTeachers are always hearing that they should raise the expectations for their students and the students will rise to that increased level of expectation.  However, there is a delicate balance between raising expectations and the teacher to find the time to evaluate the additional expectations. 

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The Canted or Dutch Angle Shot

 

HarrisMany young videographers often ask, "What is a Dutch Angle? What is a 'canted' shot? A canted shot is a shot taken with a tilted horizon.  The old Twilight Zone series used these shots as a signature.

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Storyboard Software--is it worth it or cumbersome?

HarrisIs anyone using storyboard software in their production classes?

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Tired of Black Spaghetti?

 

Let’s talk about Cable Coiling

We’ve all seen it. You walk into your storage room and there on the floor IT is. What seems like the largest pile of black spaghetti in the world!

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Picking Who Gets into Your Program

HarrisDo any of you have a selection process in place for picking who gets to go into your Film/Broadcast classes? I have had numerous issues with kids that were dumped in my classes because there was "Nowhere else to put them." These students often are discipline problems and misuse equipment and their film pass.

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A “Must Learn” Attitude Toward Qualifying to Operate Equipment

HarrisLast month’s article discussed how to force a “must learn” attitude toward the written tests you give students.  In a nutshell, it said to not let a student progress into the “fun” part of the class – using the gear – until that student had proven knowledge in at least 85% of what you taught about television theory. 

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Movin on Up - Enter the Real World

HarrisI always tried to make my class operate as close to the real world of work as much as possible. Many high school rules are fantasy when compared with what these kids will face when the enter the real world. So I tried to bring the real world consequences into the classroom.

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