This year we are starting with a new project, centered
on a project run out of the high school library that is building
on Somerville High School's on line portfolio initiative.
Our new Lab Coordinator Kelsey Jarboe, will work with
teachers to develop on line portfolios and we are
assisting in developing an on line journalism project
with the high school.
The partnership has allowed the school to offer a TV and Media Production classes, which past media lab coordinator, Craig Leach
teaches and continues to teach after being permanently hired by Somerville High. In addition to several individual projects, students in the class collaborated on a school news program, a short film and a collaboration with the Music Technology class. The class explored issues pertaining to New Media culture with exercises based on MIT's New Media Literacies curriculum. In addition to the class, Craig worked with a the art department (cartooning and photography), creative writing, AP government and US history, music technology, biology, Spanish and French classes on student video projects.
Integral to the TV and Media production class at SHS
has been an online workspace developed by HOME
using Drupal. The website gives students access to
course materials such as the syllabus, assignment instruction and due dates anytime, anywhere.
Students are required to post their work, which
includes project outlines, scripts, research material
and their finished video projects. The site also allows students to interact with their teacher and peers
within an online space.
Boston Something - Student News
For the news show students did stories of local interest, which included Boston's Duck Tours, skateboarding and a historic water powered mill that still operates to this day.
The fall media class culminated in a collaborative short film project. Each student in the class wrote a script based oh his or her own idea. The class then voted to determine which script to produce together, with students taking on roles of camera, sound, editing and acting.
Several organizations expressed interest in partnering with Somerville High in order to offer classes, internships and more to the students. These include Educational Channel 15, Somerville Community Access Television (SCAT) and Somerville Voices.