Technology Education at Eagle High School

Video Computer Technology I

Open to:   10, 11, 12
Credit:    1 (Technology Requirement)
Fee:    $15
Prerequisite:   2.5 GPA
Content: This class introduces students to the video production process.  The class includes hands-on experience with the techniques and practices of video production.  The process, vocabulary and proper use of the video equipment will be emphasized throughout the class.  The class will require the student to produce and create video projects for the class.

Video Computer Technology II

Open to: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 (Technology Requirement)
Fee: $15
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Video Computer Tech I
Content: Video Computer Technology II builds on the knowledge and experience acquired through Video Computer Technology I.  The student will be given an opportunity to participate in all facets of the video production techniques.  The student will be exposed to video technology that includes the use of a computer for animation and video editing.  Students will have an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and business within the community.

Broadcast Technology

Open to: 11, 12
Credit: 4 (2 hour block, 2 semesters) (Technology Requirement)
Fee $15
Prerequisite: Video Computer Technology II
Content: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunities to produce, direct, host, and write programs to be aired on commercial and public media.

We had a chance to talk to Andrew Favor, head of Eagle’s TV Production program.

SVN: Andy, tell us about your background and how you decided to start teaching TV/Video production? 

AF:  I attended the University of Idaho and got my B.S. degree in Visual Communication.  When it came time to look for work I was interested in Sports Broadcasting but found a part-time Master Control job at Channel 9 in Boise.  The job quickly became full time and then I moved into commercial production.  I wrote scripts, shot video and edited video to make commercials for Channel 9 eventually becoming the Production Manager for 8 years. At that time I mentioned to a friend that I was interested in teaching video at a school.  A short time afterward Eagle High contacted me about an interview and I was hired.  This is my second year at Eagle.

SVN: How did you obtain initial funding for your program? How do you fund the class now?

AF: I was lucky walking into the Eagle High position because the facilities were already in place.  My funding comes from State money and grants that are shared in our district and student fees.

SVN: Did you have equipment available?

AF: We had 3 studio cameras (Sony DV-Cam) on rolling tripods each with a teleprompter. We have a studio desk and lights and two lav mics.  We also have one Sony HD camera and one Sony VX-2000 for shooting in the field.  We produce our announcements with a Globecaster switcher and a Mackie mixer.  I have since bought 5 new Panasonic camcorders, 5 wireless microphone systems, 5 tripods, and four light kits for my video tech classes.  We edit on 6 Sony computers running Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0.

SVN: How many kids are in the TV/Video Production classes?  How is it broken down?  Is it a multi-year program?

AF: I have 16 kids in my Broadcasting class, and about 70 kids in my video tech classes.  You must take Video tech 1 & 2, semester long to get into Broadcasting, year long.

SVN: Can you tell us a little more about the sessions:  How long are the classes? How many students? What types of projects?

AF:  Broadcasting begins 1st period with the kids getting the announcements ready to air at the beginning of 2nd period.  After that they work on projects for the announcements these include PSA’s, Interviews, Sports Highlights, and Entertainment.  I also teach 3 classes of video tech that work on projects like commercials, music videos, animation, and movie trailers.  My classes are 60 minute periods.

SVN: How many kids to do the morning news broadcast?  Do you also do a weekly broadcast? Special events coverage?

AF: Our sixteen students perform at 12 jobs daily to produce the announcements. We just do morning announcements. 

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?

AF: The kids change jobs each week giving those that did not have a job first choice at what they would like to do the following week.  The jobs include Producer, Director, Tech Dir, Audio, Playback, Anchor, Camera, Prompter.

SVN: Do students audition for on-air positions?

AF: All students can anchor if they choose but some choose to do that more than others.

SVN: Do they write the content?

AF: Most of the content is pre-written but they have to type it into our teleprompter.

SVN:How long does the show run?

AF: Our announcements are a maximum of 6 minutes.
SVN: Do you submit programming to independent contest such as those sponsored by StudicaSkills and SchoolTube TV?

AF: We have entered the National Student Television Emmy’s the last two years.  We have won both years

SVN: Can your broadcast be viewed outside the school? District-wide?  Local cable access?  On your school/district web-site? 

AF: Our announcements are only seen on the school TV’s but we have sent various packages to the District office to air at their website and we have had some of our PSA’s air on the local TV stations.