SEVA Training Series participants spent an informative evening at News10 with reporter Nick Monacelli and learned about Building News Stories. Nick showed examples from their newscasts while he discussed topics including: Finding your Story, Storyboarding, Logging and Scriptwriting, Shooting, Interview Techniques and Finding Your Focus.
News10 anchors Dale Schornack and Christina Mendonsa were surprise guests who stopped by to share their thoughts on news broadcasting and answer audience questions.
March 14 | 5:00 pm | C. 15; March 21, 25 | 10:00 am | C. 16
March 29 | 12:00 pm | C. 15
SEVA Contest & Training
The 2014 SEVA contest deadline is just a few days away! Take a look at clips of all of the videos entered last year and link to the Video Gallery to watch the winners.
March 7 | 6:00 pm; March 28 | 5:00 pm | C. 15
Storytelling Using Art
Sheldon High School animation teacher Shawn Sullivan invited the SEVA Training Series to hisclassroom for an evening of Storytelling with the Principles of Art. The session explored how simple shapes such as circles, rectangles and triangles are a part of every animated characterdesign and personality. Sullivan also discussed the idea of using classroom exercises to empower students to become better storytellers.
SECC offersthe SEVA Training Series workshops to provide resources and inspiration to teachers and students interested in video production and creating a SEVA entry.
On Cable 15 this month:
March 16 | 3:00 pm; March 21 | 10:30 am; March 26 | 6:00 pm
New SEVA Studio Lab Installed
Part of a new series highlighting the schools and students using SEVA Studio Labs to create multimedia projects
With the help of SECC’s media grant, Fern Bacon Middle School in the Sacramento City Unified School District has a newly updated media studio — an exciting and positive step toward integrating multimedia and the Common Core Standards into daily life.
To celebrate, the school held a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony February 12 that was enthusiastically attended by students, parents, teachers, district staff and a KCRA reporter who covered the event for Channel 3. Current media students were on hand to show guests the new equipment and showcase media projects they have been working on all year. The students also showed a special video thank you message and presented a plaque to SECC.
“We’re happy to introduce our latest accomplishment to the community and thank those who brought this project to fruition,” said Principal Mary Coronado. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the media studio marks a new era for Fern Bacon Middle School.”
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The Sacramento County Academic Decathlon, held the first Saturday in February of each year, is an academic competition open to high school students from all school districts in Sacramento County.
On February 1, 2014, hundreds of high school students, teachers and community volunteers gathered at Inderkum High School in Sacramento for the 34th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. This year's theme was "World War I."
During the event, student decathletes participated as a nine member team against other schools. The most exciting and visual part of the competition is a high-energy team event called the Super Quiz, which is open to the public. Teams of students are seated at desks on a gymnasium floor and answer questions posed by a moderator. The correct answers are flashed on a large screen so fans in the bleachers can look on and cheer.
Produced by SECC and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).
Watch the 2014 Super Quiz on Cable 15
March 11 | 3:00 pm; March 16 | 12:00 pm;
March 21 | 9:00 am; March 26 | 4:00 pm
“They are bringing projects to life through media."
Christie Wells-Artman, Site Instructional Coordinator
Christie Wells-Artman, Site Instructional Coordinator, believes that the new studio allows students to create projects that are meaningful to them, using media as a way to state how they feel and make claims and arguments. “They are bringing projects to life through media,” she says.
The SEVA Studio Labs concept combines a studio arrangement with field kits and edit workstations to create a comprehensive media experience for students. By incorporating video production into the curriculum, the idea of what constitutes literacy in the classroom grows as students merge basic writing and literacy skills with more complex challenges such as analyzing media content, managing resources and working with deadlines. Learning video production reinforces core 21st century skills of collaboration, self-direction, creativity, higher order thinking, information literacy and social skills.
As part of the grant agreement, Fern Bacon Middle School students will enter their video productions into SECC’s annual SEVA contest. This program provides an opportunity for students to share their visions and issues of daily life with their peers and the community via SECC’s educational cable channels, online Video Gallery and the Student DV show. Open to all Sacramento county students (K-20), the contest celebrates the talents of student video producers and honors the winners and participants at SECC’s annual SEVA Award Night, held this year at the CSUS Ballroom on May 5.
Wells-Artman says that the camera equipment has allowed the students go outside the classroom and explore which leads to a new connection to their families and the community. And the students enjoy using technology skills — a “student-friendly language to communicate.” Parents are also learning and understanding the practical applications of the new Common Core State Standards as their children use media for their assignments.
"Now that they have all the equipment to use, they are much more involved and focused — and they are teaching each other."
Media Teacher Julie Del Agua
“We are excited to share the amazing grant Fern Bacon received from the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium and all the help and guidance they have provided to our media program with everybody, including incoming students for next year,” stated teacher Julie Del Agua. She loves teaching media, she says, because “technology just works so well with everything.” The students collaborate more and develop critical thinking skills as they work with media to express their ideas.
SECC is enthused about partnering with Sacramento schools to bring media resources to the classroom and provide the opportunity for students to share their work on the local cable channels for the entire community to enjoy. Funding for the studio equipment was provided by a special grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Commission. The school site paid for the installation costs, and SECC provided initial training and ongoing support for the students and teacher.
As one of the Superintendent’s Priority Schools, Fern Bacon Middle School is on course for change and excellence. Critical to their transformative work has been changing the school culture and climate, creating structures and systems and developing programs and policies to align their work and yield substantial results.
Photo: Del Agua works with students as they receive media studio kit components.
Climate Change Webcasts
Get your students engaged in the science of climate change and excited about what young people can do to help. Two webcasts introduce the basic science of climate change, foster a dynamic online discussion and show how students are making a difference in this issue.
Join the Climate Conversation!
Live March 12 | 10:00 am
This program features climate science experts and student perspectives and solutions.
> Register for the webcasts online now
Bats LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure
Bats are threatened worldwide, and their colonies and habitats are destroyed because of myths, misinformation and lack of scientific knowledge and understanding.
March 27 | 11:00 am | C. 16
WetlandsLIVE: Discover Wetlands: Cordova, Alaska and Panama
Wetlands around the world are used to show the functions and ecology of wetlands and their importance to people and wildlife, especially migrating birds and fish.
March 28 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | C. 16
> Learning Difficulties
This site offers extensive resources about learning disabilities. Choose the overview portion of the site for an article explaining what is (and isn't) considered to be a learning disability, along with what to look for when considering learning disabilities. Search through resources sorted by grade level or by specific topics such as ADHD and autism. Another interesting section discusses assistive technologies available for reading, writing and listening.
> 100 Reporters: New Journalism for a New Age
One hundred of the world's top reporters have joined forces to take aim at corruption around the world. View news stories include various topics such as agriculture, business, government and more. Be sure to click on the World tab to view articles by region.
> Comic Creator
Create professional-looking comics in minutes using this Comic Creator site. Just type in the prompted information, such as the name of comic character, author, caption, and of course, the dialog that goes into the speech bubble. The 'creator' chooses the number of panels, type of characters, style of speech bubble and various props. Two actions are needed: clicking and dragging the items to go into the comic strip and typing dialog into the bubbles. Then, presto....a genuine comic appears, ready for printing.
Delivr combines a URL shortening/tracking service with a QR-Code generator to easily share web-based information such as links to videos or web sites. Copy/paste any url into the bar. Use the drop-down menu for sources such as YouTube or Flickr; then press enter to shorten the url and share. Share options include Facebook, Twitter or as a QR code to save in several different formats.