Palm Beach County Schools Turned On To TV

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Education Network (TEN) has kicked off the first semester of its Bright, Energetic Students of Television and Technology (B.E.S.T.) initiative that is designed to increase student involvement with the District’s television production activities. One of the highlights of the effort is the student internship component which currently involves two high school students who spend time at the station every other school day.  Rigo Beltran and Alyson Murphy, both from Atlantic High School are students who already have TV production courses under their belts.

The two have worked on a couple of TEN projects including one shot at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts called Arts, Civics, and Engagement (working title) which is currently in the editing phase. The finished project will be uploaded to the District’s Home page, as well as on the B.E.S.T. webpage and is expected to be used in various professional development presentations. The two were also involved with a production about the District’s recent Technology Conference which typically requires the involvement of most of the station’s professional staff because of the size and nature of the conference.

Amanda Orndorff, coordinator of TEN’s B.E.S.T. program, said the students are involved with all levels of production. “From script-writing to shooting to post-production—these students are working with TEN staff and having a hands-on experience with all of it which they can put on their resumes,” she stated.

Other aspects of B.E.S.T. involve going to schools to present to and meet with students, helping students with school-based productions, and getting students to TEN for field trips and group visits. Ms. Orndorff recently visited Christa McAuliff Middle School’s TV Production Club and then invited members to visit the District station where they watched on a bank of monitors as a TEN professional directed a production.  In another instance, the TEN crew shot a show on location at Suncoast High School and some of the school’s Production students helped with staging and running cameras.

The B.E.S.T. coordinator who has been on the job since November said the station will soon launch its own version of youtube. TENtube will be a site on the station’s webpage that will spotlight student productions from public schools all over Palm Beach County.  In addition, a new show called Spotlight on Student Films features schools that have been recognized for their productions. The most recent schools highlighted were Seminole Ridge High School and Canal Point Elementary School for their respective award-winning productions.

Opportunities will be available for additional interns. Ms. Orndorff said the station is seeking third or fourth year TV production students who have demonstrated trustworthiness, a sense of responsibility, and the capacity to be self-starters.  For more details, contact Ms. Orndorff at 561-738-2761 or email Amanda.orndorff@palmbeachschools.org.

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