Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Case Study: Learning through Media Production: (Products Focus: Desktop Computers)

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Case Study: Learning through Media Production: (Products Focus: Desktop Computers)

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After four years of planning, grant writing, technological purchases and hard work, Essex High School's (EHS) Student Media and Art (SMART) Computer Lab in Essex Junction, Vt., will be fully operational, serving the school's 1,600 students in grades 9-12. The vision of the media lab program began five years ago thanks to forward-thinking administrators. "The superintendent and others have been strong proponents of this program from the beginning, and we all have been working together to see it come to fulfillment," says Victor Loya, an instructor at the SMART Computer Lab. "All along, we had a clear vision of what we wanted to build in terms of the technology and learning outcomes."

Because Loya managed his own video and animation business, he was familiar with nonlinear editing as well as lofty price tags for higher-end systems. After much due diligence, he bought 17 systems from 1 Beyond, a manufacturer of native digital video (DV), broadcast-quality multimedia and video-editing systems, based in Boston, Mass. "The company was very open and helpful in terms of which systems would be best for our school," says Loya. "I went to their office, test-drove a system, and decided for myself which system would meet our unique needs. I found the packaged programs to be robust, yet easy for the students to learn and use."

With PCs that are networked and equipped with native-DV editing and animation software, the lab will allow people to create videos, CD-ROMs and other multimedia projects for a wide range of scholastic activities. "We could afford many more 1 Beyond systems with the same broadcast quality that you find in other higher-end, more expensive systems," says Loya. "This allows us to give more students access to the tools they need to create their vision."

Last year, EHS offered movie and media classes, but students had limited editing time, with only one expensive competing editing system available. …

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