Cougar Cast Media Lab

  • Project Cost: $$958.38
  • Funded to Date: $0.00
  • Online Until: April 18, 2018
  • Teacher Name: Colleen Mc Guane
  • School: Carver Middle School
  • Grade Level: 6-8 Librarian
  • Description:

    Most classes at Carver are creating videos, audio recordings, or podcasts. These creations are an integral part of being a digital learner, but our school lacks the materials and spaces needed to accommodate all of the recording projects that are taking place. For the 2018-2019 school year more classes will be requiring public service announcements and other recordings as part of their curriculum. Carver has a room which would be an ideal space for a media lab where students could record videos or audio recordings but currently there is no extra equipment available to outfit the lab. In order to make the media lab a reality, recording equipment is needed to outfit the lab. This project would benefit all students at Carver by giving them a quiet place to accommodate more students when they record, but also give students the opportunity to gain additional 21st Century technology skills.

  • Planned Use for Funds: The funds will be used to purchase items needed to transform an empty room into a media lab. Sound recording booth sound boxes will be used when students need to record an audio recording or podcast. The condenser microphones will be used for recording both audio and video projects. The Chromakey Green Screen kits will provide green screens for students to use in video production as well as frames to hold the screen and lights for improved video quality. The acoustic tiles will be used on the walls to filter out some of the noise from the surrounding classroom as well as keep the sounds of recording inside the media lab.
  • Need Represented: This project would fill the need of students who must record for their class or opt to record for a class project, but are limited by the lack of quiet places in our school to record. Students will also learn valuable technology skills they will be able to use in future classes. Video creation also allows students to grasp, visualize, and explain difficult concepts. The creation of videos and audio recordings is something that most students find to be engaging. Video and audio recording also requires life skills such as collaboration, planning, understanding of subject matter, technology, and communication skills.
  • Academic Impact: The outfitting of a media lab would allow students to complete video and audio recordings required for their classes. Carver also has a large ELL and Special Education population who will benefit from using video and audio production in order to help grasp and explain subjects that are difficult to understand. When students create video and audio recordings they are engaged in their learning and are empowered to create and innovate, learn how to revise, and learn how to be a creative communicator.
  • Student Population: Carver has 775 students. Fifty-nine percent of our population receives free and reduced lunch. We also have a large ELL and Special Ed population.

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