Reprising a role they thoroughly enjoyed–and excelled at–during the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Philadelphia in June, high school seniors Kyle Kelley and Brian Stevenson of South Burlington High School in Vermont accompanied eSchool News editors to Denver to provide video news coverage of this year’s T+L² conference. The project was made possible with the support of Discovery Education.

Working nearly round the clock, these two highly talented students produced video news clips reporting on T+L² conference highlights for eSchool News readers. Their reports can be viewed in QuickTime format from the eSchool News web site.

Kelley and Stevenson were among the winners of the first-ever eSchool News Student Video Discovery Awards (SVDA) program earlier this year. Sponsored by Discovery Education, among other companies, that initiative was designed to give students greater visibility for their outstanding work in video production–and some valuable professional experience to boot.

Chosen from among hundreds of students across North America, winners of the inaugural SVDA program traveled to Philadelphia to provide video news coverage of this year’s NECC in June (see “Students shine behind the cameras“). With further support from Discovery Education, Kelley and Stevenson–along with their academic advisor, Jim Shields–were invited to Denver to repeat the project at T+L².

Using cameras supplied by Discovery and a PowerMac G4 computer and Final Cut Pro software loaned by Apple Computer, the two youths shot footage, edited clips, and produced professional-quality videos highlighting some of the key stories from this year’s conference.

Their coverage includes a report about new one-to-one computing options unveiled at the show. Another features the winners of a national student music competition, in which students used music composition software to write their own songs.

Links:

eSN Video Resource Center
http://www.eschoolnews.com/vrc

Discovery Education
http://education.discovery.com/

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