The Live Show

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Producing a live show was just an idea. In my experience, complicated ideas, such as producing a show, never come to fruition. However, Team 21C went for it. I’ve learned producing a live show isn’t as complicated as you might think.  Here are three things I’ve learned about producing a Live Show:

  1. Know Your Purpose

We want visibility among teachers, we want teachers to be aware of the products we are making available, we want to create a reproducible model so teachers and students can feel equipped to produce a live show as well, and we want to increase awareness and involvement for Open Campus

  1. Do Your Best with What You Have

Here’s what we have: three MacBook Pros, Wirecast, WiFi, one Tom Tom camera, one GoPro camera, and one Zoom H6 portable recorder. Here’s what we borrow: 3 wireless mics (thanks Deborah and Emil), the location (thanks Norma and Tom), and the students’ time (thanks McFadden). Here’s what we don’t have: a budget, mass amounts of time, and experience.

We are certainly not pros. It would only take a few second of watching our show to realize this. However, we aren’t trying to be anything we’re not. We know our purpose, and we do our best with who we are and what we have. Fortunately, recent advances have provided the ability to stream live content, free and easy.

  1. Have a Plan

Here are the five segments of our show:


  • Host welcomes viewers
  • Props to host school
  • Introductions of Team 21C

Question of the Week:

  • Host reveals question of the week?
  • Team Member 1: Shares answer / opinion
  • Team Member 2: Shares answer / opinion

The Products:

  • Host presents a link to the Early Access Products Form
  • Host offers brief description of product
  • Team Member 1 offers brief description of a second product
  • Team Member 2 offers brief description of a third product
  • Host reminds viewer of link to the Early Access Products Form

The Meme Moment:

  • Host introduces purpose of using Memes
  • Team Member 1 Shares highlight from a current blog post
    • Team performs The Meme Moment Jingle and reveals The Meme
  • Team Member 2 Shares highlight from another current blog post
    • Team performs The Meme Moment Jingle and reveals The Meme


  • Thank viewers for joining
  • Remind viewers to check out the blog
  • Remind viewers of link to the Early Access Products Form
  • Thank host school
  • Goodbye

We don’t plan exactly what we will say on the show, but we know exactly how to move through each of our five segments. We have been following the “get in and get out as fast as we can” method. The first show we produced was almost 20 minutes, which we all agreed was entirely too long. The last two shows have been less than 11 minutes long, which is much better. However, I think we’d prefer the show to be under 10 minutes.

One Last Thought:

During the F.I.N.D. debrief at the conclusion of our last show, the MacArthur students were excited to share what they’d do if they had a live show. Their ideas ranged from video game tutorials to life hacks. I am very confident that there would be several students interested in producing a live show, where they could somehow in someway connect their talent and their passion to course content.


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