My students need 2 camcorders to produce student documentaries.
This month our award winning debate team was featured on television (http://bronxnet.fliggo.com/video/5TsOKx4B). However, what was most significant was not the publicity but learning about the public television station we were at – Bronxnet. We learned of all the community work, student internships, school partnerships, teacher professional development that they do when it comes to video production. Next month they are debuting a youth channel and invited us back. They also offer free classes, free video production equipment, and the opportunity to broadcast our own student movies. Therefore, our proposal is to bring a set of video camcorders to our school so our students can produce their own videos. While our first focus would be to make movies out of our debates, we hope to broaden this to student documentaries on community issues. Video production is an incredible educational opportunity. First, it empowers our students to broadcast their stories to an unlimited audience. Currently, their stories are limited to their block. Our students have incredible talents, opinions, stories, beliefs. These should be shared. The Debate Team is one such story. Located in the South Bronx where the majority of schools our failing, our school is not. Our students train mornings, days, evenings, weekends, summers. They have an incredible and award winning voice. They definitely need could use this outlet. Second, video production motivates our students to learn. In a testing dominated culture, the arts have taken a backseat. Our school has no arts classes, let alone a video production class. This is a tragedy because so many of our students have talents and interests in the arts. And without the opportunity, these talents go to waste. This blocks the college door to many. Our students need to tap into and realize their passions and skills in order to take advantage of college and career. Additionally, our students are visual and audio learners. In today’s culture of television, video games, cell phones, movies, and computers – video production can utilize our students’ interests and translate such passions into learning. Many students in the South Bronx do not complete high school and many more students finish high school but do not have the grades or skills to stay in college. The arts and video production is another significant tool to target at risk students who are not flourishing in the traditional classroom environment. If we put the learning literally in their hands with cameras, many will be empowered and motivated to learn with these tools. Third, video production provide our students the tools to effect real change. Student documentaries are powerful tools for students to study an issue, investigate an issue and do something about an issue. Fourth, making video productions of our debates would revolutionize our school. Our school’s mission is based on a focus to law, government and justice. That is our school’s theme. And so the debate team at our school is so large and significant because it is the frontline of our mission. But to be able to videotape class debates would make every single one of our students a debater, teachers could integrate debates in the classroom curriculum, we could broadcast debates to classrooms, we can show debates round the clock in the hallways. Not to mention the benefits to our debaters – the ability to actually watch their performances, critique their performances, and study their performances. So thank you for your time and consideration. And of course we will send any video productions to you as well! Thanks!
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|SAMSUNG MINI DV CAMCORDER • Highsmith||$193.60||2||$387.20|
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