Students in San Diego Learn Video Production Via Instructional Tapes

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Students in San Diego Learn Video Production Via Instructional Tapes

Meteorologists repeatedly rank San Diego, Calif., as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Indeed, it has been, and remains, an alluring destination for many visitors. San Diego offers near-perfect weather, numerous sports facilities, an enchanting countryside, big-city sophistication and one of the finest school systems in the nation.

San Diego's public school system is the eighth-largest in the country and the second-largest in California. It consists of 152 schools, 109 of them elementary. The district's central distribution facility is the Instructional Media Center, a focal point for audio/visual, video and computer teaching aids that enhance the district's wide-ranging curriculum.

Multi-media specialist Kevin Buck, a television and film graduate who has been in the San Diego school system for nine years, provides media services to the entire district. One of his projects has been converting its film library to videotape. Last year alone, the district added 10,000 new videotaped programs to its inventory.

"We made a commitment to video in the early 1980s because we feel its cost and versatility would best suit education," Buck says. "We service all the schools in the district using 3M professional-grade 1/2" videotape, including T-120s, T-60s and T-30s. We specified the 3M tape because of its quality."

The Sight & Sound Series

When searching for visual aids to support a recent textbook adoption in video production, the district was given a preview copy of 3M's Sight & Sound instructional series. …