Samuel Jackman Middle School’s video production classes produce the daily news program “River Hawk News” as well as PSA’s, instructional videos, and field trip reports. Students learn the basic rules for video composition, script writing, storyboarding, lighting, audio, using a digital video camera, and computer editing to create video projects. The classes are hands-on programs where students not only learn video techniques, but are empowered to be leaders of the school. Students quickly grow in the program and build confidence. Students learn to collaborate, troubleshoot equipment and share their vision on a variety of educational topics and subjects.
Notable SEVA Entries
PSA 7-8: Vaping is Like Walking on a Tightrope (Finalist)
SEVA Teacher Laura Harmon
This week’s SEVA Teacher comes from Samuel Jackman Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Laura Harmon is in her eighth year of teaching and continually looks for new challenges in order to better teacher the students she serves. Just this past year she tasked her students with doing a live, daily newscast. Although there was a large learning curve, Ms. Harmon has been able to navigate her way through it and, as a result, has increased the level of responsibility, time management and other important life skills that her students are able to learn. She is constantly sharing her joy of the technical and creative side of media with her students and shows them how easily these skills complement each other. She has a deep understanding of how video production skills can help create successful, well-rounded students. Thank you, Ms. Harmon, for being a supporter of the SEVAs and for constantly looking to improve her skills for the betterment of her students. As you said, the sky is the limit!