Mattawan Early Elementary technology teacher, Nick Travis, has been producing the Little Wildcat News since 2013. Second grade students visit the Library Media Center to record the school news, which airs the next day. The two anchors, with script in hand, are ready to announce the lunch menu and school activities. The weatherperson then gives the forecast using green screen technology. Mr. Travis combines this footage using templates he created in iMovie. Some second grade classes connect their writing skills into the creation of their own scripts. The second half of the year, first grade and kindergarten “take over” the news. Special guests make appearances, such as Principal Moore promoting character education. Photographs of students working in their classrooms to events such as the school wide Walk-a-Thon are showcased, including footage from Mr. Travis’ new drone. Teachers also provide student classroom content. With generous support from MEEPA (Mattawan Early Education Parent Association) and MPEF (Mattawan Public Education Foundation), Mr. Travis has been able to purchase the video equipment and subscription to Vimeo which is where you can find the Little Wildcat News Channel. Broadcasting Little Wildcat News has given students and teachers a platform to publish student work with an authentic audience, enhancing the sense of community at the school. One new feature has been “Sign of the Day,” during which a student who is hearing impaired provides a daily sign language lesson. As a parent, I witnessed first hand how much my own daughter’s self esteem increased when she was the weather girl for the week. As the Little Wildcat News Anchors say, “Make It A Great Day Or Not, The Choice Is Yours.”
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