Valley View Counselor, Leslie Eriwin, and Instructional Partner, Heather Petruzinni, have teamed up this year to provide some wonderful opportunities for students to learn from each other.
The idea of students creating, producing and editing their own video newscasts and Morning Announcements originated several years ago when Joan Prinz thought it would be great for students to participate in this type of activity.
She and Mrs. Erwin collaborated on this for the last two years. This year Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Petruzzini have added Cannon the Science Man and Word in the Hall to the video productions.
Students use iPads and an iMac to create a variety of weekly and monthly videos that entertain, inform; and build community, creativity and leadership in the Valley View Community.
The students do the script planning, writing, and filming. They also do some of the video editing.
The videos are posted on our District Media Core site for easy viewing.
The News Team
The News Team is a leadership opportunity for 5th grade students. The inspiration behind this is to provide an outlet for creativity, leadership and a sense of giving back to their school community and leaving a legacy behind for others.
5th graders apply and interview for 8 different positions (anchors, news reporters, director/editor, camera operator).
A broadcast is prepared each month - students write stories about school events (book fair, bingo night, etc), or school staff, or the VVE community. While there are 8 main News team members, any 5th grader can submit a story idea and we incorporate it into the broadcast or make a special segment - for example, 2 students like to do commercials - they did one about the school store and will be doing one for Bingo night.
Also, 2 other 5th grade students do Fun Fact Friday where they talk about a fun fact (what a teacher did over the break) or a fun fact about Valley View as a special segment.
Morning Announcements are an opportunity for all students (1st-5th) to practice being on camera or in front of others, being recognized in the school, having a moment to shine, practice public speaking, and practice being a role model. Morning Announcements videos play every Friday.
Cannon the Science Man
Cannon the Science Man - Was something that a 4th grade teacher was inspired to do...She wanted to encourage all students to be scientists at home and find science to be more accessible. This is our first year trying it, but the idea is that other classes could watch in during their Science time to see what other students are doing and get excited about doing Science at home. A 5th grader hosts this show and 4th graders are featured in this segment.
Word in the Hall
Word in the Hall - Inspired by Word on the Street from Sesame Street, introduces new vocabulary words to students, to promote social emotional learning ideas, to spur conversations in all settings, and for fun.
Two 5th graders interview students and staff all around the school about these words and what they mean to them.
Words that have been done so far are determination, hope and responsibility.