Mobile Media Cart Brings Flipped Classrooms to PSLA

     Published on 6/19/18   Tagged under:    District News    PSLA @ Fowler   

This is a photo of a teacher and student looking through the lens of a camcorder.Students and teachers at PSLA at Fowler now have the ability to use a mobile media cart to bring technology into the classroom, thanks to a grant funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation.
Technology teacher Ed Levine said that in past years, a Schramm grant allowed the school to purchase audio equipment. This year’s Educational Foundation grant enabled the school to add video equipment to the collection and make it mobile.
“Now it’s a complete, portable unit that teachers and students can use for whatever they need,” Mr. Levine said. “We can plug it in and record anywhere, making technology as accessible as ever.”
Social Studies teachers hope to use the cart for recording student presentations – like TED Talks – and allowing students to reflect on their public speaking skills. Media Communications students are looking forward to using the cart for sports broadcasting. Students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are using the cart to create tutorial videos as a resource for students who may have missed a lesson. In the Forensic Science program, for example, students are working to create a tutorial about how to do fingerprinting.
Cosmetology instructor Karen Riche has been one of the first teachers to take advantage of the mobile media cart, working with one of her students – who is also studying Media Communications – to create videos of class content.
When completed, Cosmetology students will have the ability to watch tutorials on everything from how to use salon chairs, how to clean stations and how to use products to styling techniques like curling, braiding and coloring, as well as facials, waxing, makeup and more.
“I love the flipped classroom model and the concept of incorporating technology into the classroom,” Ms. Riche explained. “The videos will allow our students to review techniques or procedures at any time – before they come to class, on their phones, at home, in the library. They’ll help students tighten their skills.”
Eventually, Mr. Levine said he hopes to acquire additional funding so the school can expand the project to include a studio setup, complete with a green screen and backdrops. Thank you to the SCSD Educational Foundation for funding this innovative project!