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Keywords: video, movie, news, english, speaking, speech, performing, arts
Subject(s): Information Skills, Art, Photography, Video, Technology, Podcasting, Journalism
Grades P-K through 4
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Acton Elementary School, Dallas, TX
Planned By: Dustin Deweerd
Original Author: Dustin Deweerd, Dallas
Currently our morning announcements are given over a loudspeaker in every room. We begin the morning with the Pledge of Allegiance, which is led by students, and then announcements are made about certain activities in the school. This last for about 2 to 4 minutes. The attention span during these announcements are low due to the quality and delivery of the announcements.

In order to provide the students with a more impactful experience, I want to host a live news broadcast. This will be led by a teacher and group of students. This would mimic the way news shows are currently being done on such channels as CNN, Fox, MSNB, etc. This experience will benefit not only the entire staff and student population, but the students who are behind the camera giving the news. This type of daily activity could help students speak, present, and build confidence in themselves.

All I need to make this work is the Mevo Plus camera. This camera is a live streaming camera that we will stream live over YouTube. All teachers have to do is open a link that will be emailed to them, open YouTube in the classroom, and watch the news. This will provide a very engaging experience for the school.

The needs for this project are very simple, a single camera that cost $399, but the impact that it will have on an elementary school is tremendous.
This camera is all we need in order to create a school news channel. The camera can be purchased directly from getmevo.com or Amazon.com. The price is only $399.
In addition to the school news channel, we will use this camera to stream live performances by students such as; musical performances, choir, dances, awards assembly, class presentations, etc.
Links: Link to the camera's website
Link to a video about the camera
Materials: Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, DVD Camcorder, Hi-Def Camcorder
Other Items: 1 Mevo Plus , $399.99 each, total of $399.99