Produce A Morning Show In Middle School

Students works on morning show.

Showcase your students on the school in-house broadcast system every Friday morning in their own “television show.” Students can read the announcements, interview fellow students, give the problem of the week and share great books.


Getting a Monrning Broadcast Organzied

1. Make choices for morning show by answering the following questions:1. Will the show be live or taped?Teachers need to decide if the show will be live or edited in advance. (See warning advice.) Most schools have a system to broadcast video in-house to all of the televisions in the school. A camera can be hooked up to this system or an edited show can be broadcast from this system. Making the choice to go live or to use an edited show will change how you plan and organize. The steps given in these directions are for an edited show. 2. Do you make this part of a class or an after/before school activity?This involves time commitment on the part of the teacher and the students. If it becomes part of a class, make rubrics to grade student performance. Some teachers use it to fulfill the speech and technology component of a language arts curriculum. If it is an after/before school activity, make the students sign a contract of their commitment or involve parents.3. Should you select a few students or rotate many students?Teachers need to decide if the same students tape, edit and produce the show weekly or if there will be a rotation of students. If the teacher decides to rotate students, a schedule of groups needs to be made.

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2. Decide the content of the show. The weekly shows should have an organized schedule of spots or sections. A list of possible sections are as follows: Announcements–These can be collected from the school office or teachers can send announcements to you directly; Top news story–These can be school, local, state, national or international stories that affect or interest the school audience; Word of the week–Choose a difficult vocabulary word to define on the show and use throughout the show. It is fun if something silly is done each time the word is used; Problem of the week–Give a math problem each week. Choose 10 correct winning answers and announce on the next show; Interview–Students interview administrators, club members, sport team members, teachers, students of interest, etc; Book of the week–Students recommend one great book each week; Players of the week–Students talk to coaches and tell the player of the week from each sport; Fun clips–Students tape footage of a variety of students doing a variety of activities and put the clips to music.

3. Organize the students. Grouping students into groups of five works well. Give each person a job. Five jobs are as follows:News Anchor–Reads announcements, word of the week and top news story on the show.Entertainment Anchor–Reads the book of the week and problem of the week.Special Assignment–Interviews a person of interest and reads the winners of last week’s problem of the week.Editor/producer–Edits show and makes sure the show is completed on time.Camera Person–Tapes show and footage for fun clips

4. Tape the show. Taping each spot or section can be done during study halls, at the end of class or before/after school. All you need is a camera, a quiet room, a table, chairs and a bulletin board. The bulletin board is not necessary, but students can make backdrops for the show that can change each week. The camera person is key to letting everyone know that taping is happening and when to stop and start the spot. Giggling and mistakes can be edited out later. However, depending on the time frame for completing the show, it is best to start over again rather than editing out many mistakes.

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5. Edit footage and finish the show. Using iMovie simplifies editing because of its ease of use. However, there are other editing program available that will work fine as well. Students need to practice editing video footage to be proficient. Time needs to be set aside to edit the show each week. The editing program iMovie allows students to cut video clips, do voice overs, add music, edit pictures, make titles and add effects. When the show is complete, it needs to be “shared” or downloaded to a camera’s tape, DVD or made into a Quicktime file so that the show can be broadcast from the in-house system.