Today’s Contributor: Kevin Abeyta.
My name is Kevin Abeyta and I am the Arts Specialist and sponsor of the Blue Dragon News Team at Lee Lewis Campbell Media and Performing Arts Institute
Blue Dragon News Team – Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Institute. Our Blue Dragon News Team is composed of scholars from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades who direct, produce and perform a LIVE newscast for the campus every weekday morning from our broadcast studio. Each morning there is a new script with new information and graphics that keep our campus informed of current events that take place each week. The scholars behind the scenes in the studio’s video control booth operate various equipment such as the teleprompter, mixer and control our graphics station. In front of the camera scholars perform on-air duties such as news anchor, weather person and host of our weekly campus wide spelling segment, Super Dragon Spelling Time. One of the things I am most proud of is that each team member can operate our video equipment or perform on camera at any time which gives us a tremendous amount of flexibility.
Our studio’s green room with full lighting set up, broadcast desk and teleprompter. Scholars rotate positions throughout the week with every scholar knowing how to operate all the studio equipment. This gives everyone a chance to be in front of the camera as well as work in the control booth.
View from inside the control booth. Scholars operate the teleprompter, graphics station and mixer with a live broadcast taking place daily here on campus. Scholars in the green room are providing on air news reporting of items such as the weather and upcoming events.
Please check out AISD’s social media feeds, YouTube channel and Facebook page to see these scholars in action. Utilizing technology on the campus such as this has given the scholars first hand exposure to equipment and skills needed for a viable career in video production at a very early age. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing these scholars grow personally as well as technically over the course of the school year. This is a true example of the innovation and support that AISD provides for students.