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Our AMS DMC President, Jason has Directed his own Documentary on Bullying. With the help of his DMC Peers they created a great amount of recognition on this topic. Overall the video was a success and has been seen all throughout the school.
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The AMS Digital Media Lab is expanding to become a makerspace, a place where students can create all kinds of things from media projects to banana keyboards (and I mean real bananas) to lego robots. Students in the Digital Media Club are tinkering, exploring, and creating and there is nothing more rewarding than sharing the excitement with a student as they discover something new or they solve a difficult problem.
Initially, my instinct was to guide students and explain how to work with the variety of equipment and supplies we have added to our digital media lab. I mean, isn't that what teachers are supposed to do? The students quickly taught me that I had to relinquish control and let them take the lead. When they started saying things like, "I think I can figure this out, Mrs. DeLuca," and "What if I change this and try to . . .", it became apparent that I had to take a backseat.
Our makerspace is also promoting collaboration and communication. Students are working together to create projects and then brainstorming solutions when things don’t work out as planned. These experiences will help to prepare them for the future and the workplace of the 21st Century.
Over the next few weeks and months, we plan to expand our makerspace to make it available to all. I can’t wait to see what new things I will learn from my students!!
Students in the Digital Media Club were invited to attend a Q&A with Alli Flicker, Smithtown graduate and news reporter for KHQ Local News in Spokane, Washington. Alli gave an overview of her experience as a production assistant at Nightly News with Brian Williams and her current position as a news reporter for KHQ-TV.
Students then had the opportunity to ask Alli questions, and ask they did! Based on their own experiences working on the AMS TV News and other projects in the digital media lab, students asked a variety of great questions. Alli was sure to stress how valuable it is for students to learn all aspects of the process including public speaking, video recording, editing and more.
Following the Q&A, Alli went into the digital media lab with club officers Andrew, Chloe and Zach to record a short segment that will be featured in next week's newscast. Be sure to check it out.
Overall, this was a great opportunity for students to see how the projects they are working on in the digital media lab translate into real world career opportunities.
Students from the Digital Media Club will be participating in the Hour of Code this December. According to the website, "The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics" (http://hourofcode.com/us). Learning computer science helps students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It also encourages creativity and logic. These 21st Century skills will be very beneficial as students continue their education and move on to college and career. The video below provides a basic introduction to the Hour of Code.
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The AMS Digital Media Lab just acquired a cool new tool. It's called the Swivl and it is a robotic mobile device that can be used with a smartphone or tablet to record videos and presentations. Using a synced marker, the Swivl will follow your movement as it records. Students plan to use this device when recording newscasts, interviews, and more. We will post some of their creations so keep an eye out. In the meantime, check out this short video that provides an overview of Swivl.
Blog Post by Mrs. DeLuca