Category Archives: CTEC Institute

Winter 2013 Show & Tell

Digital Signage: Presented by Jeff Krohn (Lockport):

Clip of the Week: Presented by Breda Murphy (Oswego East):

Community Commercial: Presented by Kent Meister (Mundelein):

Pixar Assignment: Presented by Joe Macchia (Neuqua Valley):

Shot Variety Exercise: Presented by Scott Larson (Batavia): Video

Smartphone Group Project: Presented by Steve Douglass (Lake Forest):

Lyons Township Media Curriculum: Presented by Bill Allan: Video

Authentic Experiences: Presented by Frank Rice (Shepard): Video

Meeting – March 5th

The next CTEC meeting is Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00pm at Glenbrook South High School. To RSVP for this meeting, please go to this link by Thursday, February 28th @

Dinner will be provided at this meeting. Members are encouraged to arrive between 4:30-5p. Please bring all CTEC video festival forms and fees with you to this meeting. There is no fee to attend this meeting.

2013 Winter Institute Day

The 2013 Winter Institute Day is on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Metea Valley High School from 9a-2p

To register for the Institute Day, please visit . Registration deadline is 3pm, Thursday, January 31st.

Agenda for the meeting:

If you are NOT a current member of CTEC and are planning on attending the Institute Day, please follow the directions on this document to submit your payment:

The 2012 Fall Institute Day is on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Lyons Township High School from 9a-2p

To register for the Institute Day, please visit .

Agenda for the meeting:

If you are NOT a current member of CTEC and are planning on attending the Institute Day, please follow the directions on this document to submit your payment:

The 2012 Winter Institute will take place on January 30, 2012 at Waubonsie Valley High School from 9a-2p.

Agenda details can be found on this handout:

To register for the Institute (by January 25th) go to this link:

For directions to Waubonsie Valley High School:

The 2011 Fall Institute will take place on October 25, 2011 at Lake Forest High School from 9a-2p. Details regarding the agenda and registration will be forthcoming via email.

Please see the attached for the agenda for our Spring Institute Day.  It will be Monday, February 7th from 9a-2p at Lyons Township High School.

Please register via this link by February 1st:


Directions to Lyons Township High School:

Welcome from Steve! Introduction of our hosts, Gary Prokes and Patty Sarkady. DVDs from last year’s video festival are here (if you didn’t pick them up). Overview of our agenda for the day. Everyone split up to begin the mingling.

Everyone takes 1 minute to do introductions to whole room.

After introductions, we’re moving on to our table discussions. Discussion topics are lead by a leader at each table. One question, 5 minutes.

Highlights of Relevance Topic:

- Making the school more aware of program, getting involved as a communication link between school and community, promoting school activities, become a part of the fiber of the school

- Making counselors more aware of program, getting the word out to the kids

- Kids actively filming at school -> visible to other students, builds interest in program, make product for feeder schools (middle/elementary schools)

- Doing projects for administration, keeping them happy. Paying kids for special projects. Use of cable outlets, online outlets, newspapers, promo videos for program – maximize publicity.

- Serving the school (DVD yearbooks, etc.), get products into the hands of students, word of mouth, positive feedback from community cable channel, etc.

- Clubs: growing a club, programming and community service, sports coverage, etc.

- Improve quality of product -> show administration value to school


- We do outside programming for the school and the community. Funding from Perkins grants (if Tech Ed), cable agencies, DVD sales, and donations for volunteer production work.

- Donations from community, club sponsorships, working for sports teams to make videos

- Selling DVDs, club projects, funding from club also supporting class. The IT department helps out the club/class with equipment and producing programming, looking at advertising for revenue

- Split between being funded by district and grants. Getting stipends to do clubs and productions, DVD sales, iHigh

- Some people working longer hours outside of school to grow program, negotiating some pay for extracurricular hourly work for district, public access shows, using jumbotron for advertising, etc.

- Clubs, DVD sales, Perkins grants, funding from district.

- Studio hours are required in class (work outside of class, like a lab), allowing kids access to space after school, broadcasting sports, board meetings, seeking donations from equipment

- Mix of outside activities, some compensated some not. Propose coverage of sports/activities for a negotiated fee. Graduation DVDs.

- Education-based enterprise (doing productions for money, under the umbrella of the school)


- “Fun AND Hard”, the students have a good time doing things, having fun in class

- “Easy”, opportunities in television -> they challenge themselves. A break from the norm of the day -> a totally different atmosphere. Strengths are the products, they build trust and confidence. Unique ability to go out and film stuff -> appreciation of the privilege.

- “Fun and Easy”. Lots of kids doing projects – make sure they aren’t sitting around doing nothing. It’s a requirement (creative art, fine art, elective requirement). Freedom of being creative.

- Some kids don’t know what they’re getting into; think they’re going to be WATCHING films or TV, not making TV.

- Hands-on, more freedom than typical classroom. Creative, kids feel comfortable. More independent. Balance between filming and editing. More student choices, so they are more invested in their own projects.

- FUN! They don’t get treated like a typical high school student. They are treated like adults and given the benefit of the doubt. Teacher’s passion.

- Interesting, fun, controlled-chaos. Kids often don’t like news aspect of the course. Trying to balance the blow-off element with challenging them.

- Clubs = students choose to be involved. Sometimes this backfires because other more important stuff takes priority. Kids come because it is fun. Fine line between being fun and not getting enough done. Hook the students with the intro. class, but keep them engaged with more challenging stuff. Make the kids part of a community.


- Incorporating writing into class. Open to projects requested by other classes, departments, clubs.

- Tech institute days (Applied Arts dept.) training teachers to use the technology. Cross curriculum projects, how-to videos for teachers. Media center for making videos for teachers.

- Balancing between classes and helping staff/students out with special requests.

- Cross-club work with newspaper and yearbook. Produce program for culinary arts class. Counseling update video.

- Stressing communication skills (writing, media fluency). Working with theatre/drama program to bring TV together with acting students.

- Variety of different jobs – at RBHS, students/staff can use the RBTV facilities all day. Totally integrated; numerous classes/clubs use facilities for projects.

- Implementing reading & writing strategies in our courses.

- Social studies projects (Veteran videos), science class projects, U.S. History projects, etc.


- Comedy teaches timing and rhythm. Good practice for writing and editing.

- Hey- You- See- So- similar to an intro- body- closing

- Great Project: involves everything throughout the process- pushing the students- including story elements (things they get, but can’t identify)

- 3-5 minute doc following around a student in one day with a Flip (hobbies, family, classes they like) Producing and Editing

- High level kids doing higher level thinking-

- Advanced training Intro students- through watching, individualizing, letting them experience it naturally through project based learning

- Parody- crosses over well into other curriculum especially with English

- Real projects- connecting with local businesses to create real commericals- highly visible

- Comedy- the balance of themselves figuring out that they are not funny.

- Taking a blooper real to make your comedy

- Taking a play, breaking it up and letting the students produce their own dialogue

- Pilot through Cancel- Taking them through the whole process of how TV is created

Following the topic discussion, we had a whole-group quick discussion about engaging students and balancing the amount of lecture vs. hands-on learning. Also surveyed number of people using textbooks.


iHigh- Is it too good to be true?

Lots to love- getting paid $300 per month

LTTV- steaming through everything

DVDs- middle school productions are the most often requested

Use Ustream- it’s free, does crash, but it’s easy to use- Adobe media encoder

facebook page- launched a year ago- 1,600 “likes” combo of current, alumni and community people

Admins- part time adult and two students- delete, repeated is banned

MySpace- more for the middle schoolers


Youtube- lttvonline Youtube page

Joe Maccia- Tools to get you on the web in 10 minutes

Vimeo and

1. Sign up for

2. Sign up for account

3. verify both

4. Upload the video into Vimeo

5. Get the URL of the final uploaded video

6. Email the URL to [email protected]

7. go to your custom posterous name