21st century teaching gives student the opportunity to explore broadcastingSubmitted: 01/30/2015
MINOCQUA - Many current high school students will need to know how to use the latest technology when they enter the work force. That means they need to have more than just math, writing, and science skills.

Some Northwoods high schools have started offering different classes that develop 21st century skills.

The Media Productions class at Lakeland Union puts on a live broadcast for the school.

"It's not your typical classroom," says library media specialist Ethan Jahnke. "We're going to take what we learned, apply it, and learn from our mistakes."

The students do everything from writing scripts to producing the show. The school came up with a brand new class to teach the students all of these new skills.

"We live in a conceptual age," says Jahnke. "To communicate graphically and visually is of utmost importance. In the process of doing so, they're learning 21st century skills."

Everything from the cameras to the prompters is state of the art equipment.

"Some of the equipment was hard to use because we've never been around that stuff before. [We just thought] oh we're not sure how this camera works but we'll figure it out," says Lakeland Union junior Kayla Terry. "Eventually, after trial and error, you figure out this is how it works. This is what I have to do."

The class can be stressful at times. Live television can be difficult.

"We've had everyone from cool cucumbers to kids that were ready to hyperventilate," says Jahnke. "I had to basically walk them down the hall and help them reframe something. [There's] a lot of excitement though."

The finished show is always a success because the students take their roles very seriously.

"I'm the director. I'm basically the man that oversees everything. I give countdowns," says Lakeland Union junior Carlo Rosillo. "I cue when to play segments. I also look over the master script. I tell people what to do basically."

The program is growing every year.

"It's evolved a lot. Last year, we didn't have students doing such complex stuff," says Rosillo. "We had one person doing all the camera cues. This year, we have someone for teleprompter, for lights, audio. It's pretty amazing actually."

Some students think the class will set them ahead when it's time to get jobs.

"I don't know a lot of other schools that have classes like this, except for colleges," says Terry. "It's a really good opportunity and I love it so much."

A modern classroom that might give Newswatch 12 a run for its money.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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