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Audio-Video program receives grant for new equipment

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Hands-On Experience - Audio-Video Technology teacher Mark Littles explains the multitude of uses his newly acquired equipment yields, and how it will enhance his students’ classroom experience. “One of the best things about the equipment is that it is mobile. We are now able to pack everything up and travel to performances and games, which gives my students more opportunities to use it,” Littles said.

by Jarah Cotton, Staff Writer

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Last Semester, McEachern received money as a part of Education Sports Entertainment (ESE) Networks’ Georgia Audio-Video, Film and Technology grant.

Through their collaboration with technologically focused companies, such as Windows, Sony, and Telestream, ESE Networks intends to use their resources and experience in the audio-video industry to provide Georgia students with access to up-to-date equipment.

Recipients of the grant receive a ‘Studio in a Box’ designed to allow them to produce first-rate video. They are also granted access to and storage on the ESE Networks platform for up to two years.

“The company actually built us a website,” Audio-Video Technology teacher Mark Littles said. “They gave us some really high-quality equipment that will allow us to produce high-quality works.”

ESE Networks also provides training at the site of the delivery, and makes online training available to all schools receiving equipment.

Technology quickly becomes obsolete, which is why it is crucial that audio-video tech programs receive adequate funding to update their equipment regularly. Students interested in pursuing this career cannot be adequately prepared for the workforce if they are taught using antiquated technology.

“Technology gets out dated pretty quickly. He has had his stuff for three years so it was time for an upgrade,” assistant principal Krystal Wattley said. “The new, state-of-the-art equipment should greatly enhance his program.”

The new equipment will primarily be used for the production of McEachern Live, a newscast Littles and his second and third level students work together to produce monthly, and for live streaming sports activities.

It has been difficult for students to adapt to the stark differences between the technology they previously had access to and the new equipment they have just acquired. Advanced technology and software are challenging to learn how to use, making them a unique teaching tool.

“It gave us access to more professional editing software and tools,” senior Antonio Cabrera said.“It was a process for us to learn how to use them, but it was worth it because we are now able to do a lot more that we were with the old stuff.”

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