Exactly one year ago (March 7), Miller-Driscoll Television went “On-Air” for the very first time. In the 365 days since, the district’s youngest students (pre-K through 2nd grade) have been part of the 136 Morning shows produced by the school’s television studio has produced (67 in 2017 so far), as well as more than 10 other programs ranging from the right way to use the playground to interviews with incoming administrators, retiring staff members and Turner Construction management.
Educators in the school are very proud of the over 100 students that have had the opportunity to make a difference in the school through video.
Yesterday, MD-TV aired its anniversary show (below).
Kids can get involved in various ways:
- They can participate in MDTV/1, a before-school club that films one week of morning announcements, mostly on Monday mornings. The team is broken into two “crews” that alternate between “Studio” and “Birthdays.” The studio team tapes the anchor desk segments while the birthday crew tapes each day’s birthdays. There are multiple job assignments in each crew and during the course of the program, students get to experience most, if not all, jobs. In addition, students have the opportunity, when the schedules and timing are right, to do “stand-ups,” which are reporter-on-the-scene segments.
- MDTV/2 is a K-2 TV production studio offered as an after-school program through Wilton Continuing Education. During the eight week program, kindergarten through 2nd grade students meet with internal “clients,” and then write scripts, cast talent, and shoot and edit commercials and PSAs which run on the school’s morning show. Students learn script writing and verbal communication skills as well as some of the technical aspects of video production.
All productions are shown both as stand alone video and as part of “The Miller-Driscoll Morning Show,” which is shown in every classroom every school day morning.
Skip Ploss is one of the MD-TV advisors, and he helped build the program along with 1st grade teacher and technology instructional leader, Bryan Ennis. Ploss says in just the one short year, it’s been amazing to see the impact the program has had on student life and learning in the school.
“It’s great to watch the students develop self confidence, technical skills and the ability to speak in front of people at a young age. They are the manifestation of our belief that students are capable of almost anything if given the tools, coaching and opportunity to use them,” he says.
Anyone can watch the daily videos that the students produce online on the MD-TV blogspot.