This one-semester course will give students the unique opportunity to produce video and audio materials that will be disseminated to the MS using various digital mediums. Students will learn video and audio production skills while creating how-to videos, newscasts, advertisements, and entertainment skits. Students will also be given the opportunity to hone broadcasting and play-by-play skills by becoming a sportscaster for professional and amature sporting events (both live and previously recorded). Other skills learned include; creating scripts, storyboards, podcasts as well as audio and video recording and editing.
What we will learn in Desktop Publications Yearbook:
- How to use digital editing tools/software/websites for audio and video.
- Produce informational and educational videos to be used throughout the school year.
- Interviewing skills
- Develop play-by-play skills of local and professional sporting events
- Create scripts, storyboards, podcasts as well as other audio and video recording & editing.
- Use time wisely! Students may be working on several different assignment at the same time and many will have strict deadlines that must be met. Students must learn to prioritize work in order to get everything done by the due date.
- Turn in work on time! Like with the Yearbook class, I view due dates as deadlines, missed deadlines can cause major problems with your producers/publishers, audience and, in the real world, could cost you your job.
- Late work in general will not be accepted; again deadlines are important in when producing audio and videos.
- Students are responsible of all personal electronic devices that are used for class purposes.
- Treat the equipment in class with respect, you will be responsible for any damage to equipment (this includes the classes digital video cameras).
- Treat everyone with respect and follow school and class rules at all times.
- No outside email (this is school policy).
- Do not purposefully access any inappropriate websites.
- When working in groups everyone should put an equal effort into the work.
- Log off computers so your work isn’t lost or deleted by mistake. Students are responsible for their own audio and video, if it is lost or deleted it will need to be re-produced.
What about grading?
Due to the nature of the class and having limited equipment resources, students will be working on different projects at different times. I will create assignments that have the same point value and basically the same expectations. I will try to be as descriptive with assignments in SIS and will try to explain points lost as much as possible to help ease any confusion. On occasion grades will be entered into SIS before the assignment is actually due. Students will be working on several assignments at once, putting in grades before they are due will help students and parents see student progress on assignments as well as show how completing/not completing an assignment will affect their grades. I usually put a note in SIS so parents know that the grade is not a final grade for the assignment.
Summative redo policy:
Students can re-take any summative they wish to, with a limit of two (2) re-takes per semester. The higher of the two scores will be recorded. Students will be given additional materials/remediation on concepts they struggled with, this could include additional discussions with teacher, peers or small groups.
How can I earn a passing grade?
- Turn in all your assignments, remember even if an assignment is only ½ complete by the due date 50% credit is better than no credit.
- If you don’t understand something ask me well ahead of the assignments due date.
- Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions and if you still don’t understand… ask more questions!
- See me if you need extra help or don’t understand something
- Use your peers as a resource, if I’m helping someone else ask your neighbor they may know the answer!
If you have any questions, concerns or want to tell me something about yourself/your child that you think will help you/them succeed please don’t hesitate to contact me.