Andrew Carnegie Middle School has a long-standing tradition of quality media education in the form of a live daily broadcast. The media program, run by teacher Erik Knight, meets daily to produce the news that they call “The Carnegie Connection.” The class purposely consists of both 7th and 8th graders. The 8th graders that have participated previously help run the program in the beginning of the year and train the new students in media production. In no time at all the new students become the leaders, showing the next batch of students how it’s done. Students use a TriCaster to broadcast the program to the whole school. The live aspect of production instills confidence in each student while the creativity the students can use connects them deeper in to the learning they are doing. The Carnegie Connection is a key aspect in both creating awareness and building community around campus and beyond.
Notable SEVA Entries
Creative Expression 7-8: You Are Not Alone (Honorable Mention)
Documentary 7-8: We Rise By Lifting Others (Honorable Mention)
Mr. Knight is on his fourth year of teaching media and is already hooked. From day one, he was impressed by the creativity his students get to showcase through their work. He appreciates the amount of responsibility that students demonstrate in media class and he knows just the right moment to step in and support them. While the gear his school has may be a little out of date, he helps students make the most of what they have. Just recently, Mr. Knight put in extra effort to refresh their studio gear and is always looking for ways to continue his development as a teacher. He knows that with the right combination of technology and creativity, his students are able to create amazing pieces of work.