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High-Tech Teaching at Maine-Endwell

Some students at Maine-Endwell High School are taking a video production class where they are learning skills for the broadcast industry.
Some students at Maine-Endwell High School are taking a video production class where they are learning skills for the broadcast industry.

Walk into the video production class at Maine-Endwell High School and you see a large green wall. Basically, what you have at a television station, which is where the weather segment and some commercials are filmed. The green screen allows for layering and for special effects to be used so images can be placed behind people. Before the high-tech fun starts, technology education teacher David Beard goes back to the basics.

"The very first thing is to be able to tell a story from point A to point B, to be able to tell concisely and precisely," said Beard. Once the students have that down, things get more advanced.

"For the green screen projects it has given them an introduction to being able to create special effects where they can take that background out and put in a different scenario."

"Eventually in the black there I'm going to fill in the background and all three of me are going to be exploring that background at the same time. Eventually we get really confused and leave. I haven't decided what the background is going to be, but it can be anything I want, because of the green screen," said junior Josh Glosenger.


The students shoot their projects on equipment that they sign out from the school.

"This course has given me a lot of opportunities to find out how people in TV shows and movies do all kinds of crazy stunts that get those movies and TV shows out," said senior Jonah Peak.

"My dad has a hobby of making videos and taking pictures and I kind of wanted to take it to learn to do the stuff he does and maybe teach him something," said Glosenger.

"Over the last few months here in class we have made an interview between two classmates, we've also made music videos, commercials for a made-up product," said Peak. "We did a video of our lives mostly made up of pictures."

Peak is also doing fancy work like putting video of him working on a computer into video, which involves the green screen.

"It's bringing science and technology together as far as here is some of the math and science, but putting it into real world application as far as color, editing, as far as frames work," said Beard. "In this country you have 30 frames per second for NTSC video and understanding how video works too."

Copyright issues about what the students can and can't use are also discussed in class.
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