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We use the word “team” to designate a loose and informal association of educators with whom we work (if you’re interested in becoming “family,” subscribe to our regular email updates). The word team is particularly meaningful to me because it implies such fascinating and motivating principles as competition, goals, timeboundedness, diversity of skills, unity, etc., and there is truly no way we can accomplish our task of creating meaningful hybrid courses, and eventually a hybrid high school, without a large team effort.
Now, this week, we had a new development: a sponsor! Make that two sponsors! Sponsors are people who come through with gifts of resources and support and this week, we had two big developments.
Technology Innovation Services checked out to us a JVC HDPro camera, a lighting kit, and two wireless microphones so that we can have a higher quality image on our Live Show. This translates directly into increased student learning because our show is co-produced by students.
Our upgraded camera does not work without a special interface, which Bryan researched and learned about, like the one made by BlackMagic. We did not have one of these special interfaces, however, in a “phone a friend” or “use a lifeline” moment, I called over to John Schreck in Publications, who is something of a livestreaming guru, having trained up a squad of students in Riverside to livestream high school sporting events. As a matter of fact, John is making magic happen again here in Santa Ana. John stepped in and saved the day on Friday by volunteering to loan out his Black Magic MiniRecorder interface so that we could stream live on Friday with our TIS-sponsored camera.