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Nearly ten years ago we set out to give our students a voice through student-led broadcasting with just one computer and the internet.

Equitable Student Broadcasting

Pittsburgh, PA
With no television studio, no allotted class time, no budget, and one second-hand computer, we set out to create a student-run broadcast each morning for our students. Because of all of our constraints, we found innovative ways to use resources, organize our team, and develop ownership with our students. If your school isn't broadcasting, this is something you should and can do too!
Introduction

What is Equitable Student Broadcasting

“It is a safe place where they can take risks, express themselves, and learn to fail forward.”

Kristopher Hupp, Director of Technology & Instructional Innovation

For the past decade, the start of the academic day at Cornell High School begins with a familiar line, “We’ll see you in the halls.” It all started when two teachers decided to try to live stream our morning announcements. We had some old equipment that was previously used to broadcast through the school using old coax cable that desperately needed replacement. We didn’t have a studio or a budget to replace the equipment, but we were able to find a second-hand computer, a microphone, and a camera. A lot has changed with streaming video since then. With sites such as Twitter and YouTube, this is something you can easily start doing today!

Excitement is in the air each morning in a way that just doesn’t happen in a traditional class. Students rotate jobs such as producer, director, on-air talent, etc. Our program attracts a diverse team of students who are there because they are interested in broadcasting or learning to use a camera or new technology or who just want to tell a story. As Victoria, one of our freshmen puts it, "It's sometimes a disaster, but it's always a fun disaster. We always make it work somehow. It's fun to work in a fast paced environment." 

CHS-TV has never been a class at Cornell. Our students give up their breakfast time to prepare and deliver a morning announcement program that includes all of the happenings at school along with lunch, weather, student-created commercials, and sports reports. We had really limited resources, especially in the beginning, so we had to rely on our students to identify causes of problems and finding the best resolutions. Our students have taken ownership of this project in a way that is really unique. They have developed an innovative mindset and are constantly tinkering with lighting, shots, graphics, and how the team is organized. 

Over the years, the stories change to reflect the interests of our students. Several years back, our students produced a series called, "This Day in Pittsburgh History," with the help of The Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Steeltown Entertainment. More recently our students have been creating more personal stories through interviews of students and teachers in our high school.  

Because of the success of the program, our students and teacher have developed relationships with outside organizations to help improve the broadcast. We have received countless grants to purchase computers, cameras, and microphones. The school built a dedicated space that is now used as a studio. We have a new journalism course that we have partnered with Point Park University and Steeltown Entertainment to offer. Steeltown sends a teaching artist two days each week and our students are able to earn three college credits.  

Even though a lot has changed in the past ten years, new students, new teachers, and new tools. The culture in the studio has remained much the same. Our studio is a place where students can come and learn about broadcasting while learning a little bit about themselves. It is a safe place where they can take risks, express themselves, and learn to fail forward.

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Innovation Overview
10 - 18
Age Group
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Children/Users
1
Country
2010
Established
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687
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Tips for implementation
You will need a group of students and teachers who want to tell a story, learn new things, and are empowered when solving problems. A device (computer, tablet, or phone) with an internet connection.
Connect with innovator
Dr. Aaron Thomas
Kristopher Hupp
Patricia Dahmen
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Learning & Leading Through Technology - February 2014 - 35
Come Join CHS-TV
TheCornellCHS-TV on YouTube
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01
Organize Your Team
If you are starting your school's first broadcasting group, you will need to find a team.
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Live or Pre-record
First, decide if you want to develop a live or pre-recorded broadcast system.
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Editing the Video
Whether you decide to broadcast live or go pre-recorded, there are countless ways to edit the video.
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Distribution
Once you are ready to broadcast, you need to decide where you want to send your video.
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Develop Partnerships
Now that you have your broadcast running, look for ways to provide more opportunities for your students.
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Develop Curricular Connections
Digging deeper into how your students use the new skills to support their learning.
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