Archive for Wednesday, November 6, 2002

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BLHS multi-media class a production in learning

November 6, 2002

Basehor-Linwood High School teacher Sue Ryan has an easy way to make students in her advanced multi-media class learn: tease them with new technology.

The multi-media class at BLHS has a treasure trove of cameras, microphones, computers and editing equipment that students love to work with.

"A lot of them just like to mess with the new technology," Ryan said. "There's a lot you can do with it and you just sneak learning in on them through the technology.

"And hopefully they'll have fun doing it."

But before using their shiny new toys, multi-media students must research, scout and do all the legwork on the subject they plan to film or document.

See no dessert before dinner.

"Where (the class) becomes a real learning opportunity is with research," Ryan said. "They have to do research so they can go out and ask intelligent questions and use that technology."

Take for example a feature story the class did on World War II veteran and Basehor resident Harry Kelley.

Before being allowed to begin filming, the students had to learn about the war, Ryan said.

Two years ago, the advanced multi-media class at Basehor-Linwood High School was eliminated.

This year, however, the class was from page 1A

reinstated and now students have the chance to develop and produce television content for viewers in the city of Basehor.

"Everything we do is production-based," Ryan said. "We broadcast live events like football and basketball games. We also do highlight videos and specials."

The class's most recent work was the live broadcast of the BLHS home football game against Piper Friday, Nov. 1.

For the winter sports season, the class will broadcast all the Friday night home basketball games.

The broadcasts appear on BLTV channel 39.

Other projects for the class include news shows, sports interviews, school plays, live events and in the future, possibly weather broadcasts, Ryan said.

In the future, the class could be upgraded by producing and televising a news show on channel 39, which would be in conjunction with the journalism department.

The class is supported through advertising revenue from the local community: Students film commercials, which air during live broadcasts.

"The money is used for supplies," Ryan said. "All the money goes to new equipment. It really supports the class."

Anyone interested in advertising on channel 39 should contact Ryan at (913) 724-2266 for more information.

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