A clever eighth-grader in Baltimore, Maryland, is using his Mac computer skills and video technology to create a new way to get his school newsletter home to parents each week, according to
a Baltimore Sun article.
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Glenwood Middle School’s Joey Spurrier, 13, is using Apple technology to send weekly news home via an online video newscast that he writes, films, produces and packages. What once would have required a TV station and a broadcast license to produce, “we can now do with an iMac computer and a video camera,” technology resource teacher Tom Miller, who supervises Joey’s work, told the Sun. “If a parent’s on vacation in Hong Kong and they have an Internet connection, they can see what’s going on in our school.”
Spurrier uses his iMac, iMovie, QuickTime, Macromedia’s Fireworks and Dreamweaver, and a digital camera to create his mini-newscast. The online video is unique in Howard County, possibly in all of Maryland.
“It sounds like a unique feature,” Barbara Reeves, the State Department of Education’s director of instructional technology, told the Sun. “I haven’t heard of anything like it. It’s very imaginative and industrious of this student to do it.”