Terra Vista Middle School students learn video techniques at multimedia camp

Seven students from Terra Vista Middle School spent a week learning at Texas Tech’s Double T Multimedia University.

Students learned about lighting, video shooting techniques, audio levels, producing a podcast, editing video and designing websites.

“All these students are at my class at Terra Vista in broadcast media,” said Whitney Manning, a TVMS teacher. “They already know how to use the camera and a little bit about editing.”

Now they know how to use both Macintosh and PC computers, as well as lighting and podcasts.

“I think that what they learn at the camp and in the class is beneficial,” said Manning. Media students learn social skills, but also have to develop the nerve to approach people and ask questions. Those interviewing skills are also important for their futures, she said.

“Having that nerve is great, knowing how to talk to adults in social situations,” she said.

Students in her classes may think of it as a possible career down the road, she said, but some may be able to use it to work at a television station while putting themselves through college, she said.

“Getting this experience early on in middle school is going to help them with job opportunities,” said Manning. The skills will benefit them in many jobs.

This was the most students Manning has had attend the camp, she said, noting that last year Tech did not hold the camp because of the economy.

Three of the students, Marissa Pena, Alyssa Molina and Paden Ortega, will be freshmen at Frenship High School in the fall.

“I’ll be excited to see what they can do in high school,” said Manning.

But she said she’s particularly excited to see the other four students back in her classes as eighth-graders next year, including Kennedy Kinder, Blake Locknane, Alicia Williams and Sabrina Badillo.

“They can lead the pack,” she said, noting that they can help their peers to master the skills they learned over the summer.

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