Kids N Media is currently in the second month of classes! In January the topic was Introduction to Production. Based on the large number of students interested in December we decided to have the first class of the year in the Recreation area of the Clearport. Our intention was to allow more students to get an overview of the program. However, after this class we decided to go back to allowing 4-5 students in a classroom setting. The Recreation setting and large number of students seemed to be more of a distraction than a benefit. In the Intro to production class, students learned about the many positions that it takes to make a film happen. This was definitely an eye opener on job possibilities that could be open to them. In the second class they dove into filming techniques and then got their first assignment. Students were challenged with using what they learned to interview their peers at Clearport. They really enjoyed this part, as it allowed them to talk to students they normally didn’t interact with. The students used a cellphone without lighting or microphones. They are interested to see how the quality will improve after adding lighting and audio to the filming process. Currently, we have only utilized $150 on lighting and microphones. We pushed back the purchasing of camera equipment to February. This will utilize the bulk of our budget. We made a change to the schedule to allow for additional partnerships. Lighting classes will be in February and Storytelling is in March. We will be sharing Interview clips on Instagram and Facebook. Please look out for that information on our next update. Thank you for keeping up with our journey!
Team Kids N’ Media
There is no doubt that the 24-Hour Citizen Project was one of our team’s most memorable moments in 2019. Within the last few weeks we have made some progress and are excited to share with you some things we’ve learned.
Let’s start with the great news first. We held our first class on December 6, in partnership with AOC and it was a huge success! Christi Tracie taught a media literacy course focusing on perspective. 30 teens participated in the class. Christi was able to keep the class exciting by having an interactive presentation and ending with challenges for the students to compete in. We were able to use staff members phones for challenges when taking pictures.
Before the actual class, we started off with addressing a few challenges. We didn’t have as much time to organize and schedule the first class as we originally thought. This was a result of us working with a 2-week window instead of 4 weeks for December, due to the Holiday and competing school events. This is something we will need to consider for upcoming classes. Secondly, although the students enjoyed the class and took several photos, they were apprehensive with sharing it with the public. Their reasoning was that “The internet trolls aren’t kind”. The students feel the pressure of look 100% on point, needing a picture without a hair out of place. I hope that we can break them out of being afraid of sharing. Thirdly, we designed our courses to be with 4-5 students, based on the first course we may need to offer it to more students initially.
As of now, we have stayed on course with our time. Our next steps include purchasing software and Equipment, creating Engaging challenges for the January class, and deciding on a platform to share our video updates.
That’s all for now, looking forward to giving you an update after the next classes is offered.
Thank you again for your support,
Team Kids N Media