I was just rooting around YouTube the other day, searching for decent high school news shows I’d intended to promote here as a way to highlight how technology has come so far in the 21st century. Much to my chagrin, a lot of what I viewed on YouTube was either two years old (or older), and looked it, or was fairly pedestrian and not clearly connected to the school itself.
Coincidentally, eSchoolNews sent out an email this morning announcing that it has launched a new video news network, Student Video Network, which will provide students interested in video production with information on the most popular and relevant educational technology stories in the news. Participating schools can then shoot a script based on the stories and choose to integrate graphics and photos into the news report.
“This is a real-world application of the technology skills they’re learning in school,” said Tom Lapping, president and CEO of JDL Horizons–the company hosting eSN‘s Student Video Network. “It will be good for school exposure, but also for students who could use this material as part of their college admissions or eventual job application.”
So far, I only see two high schools with videos on the site, but the quality is top-notch and the subject matter (gaming to school assessment information) timely. The videos don’t seem to be embeddable at the moment, but they will hopefully move in that direction.