My summer experience with the academies

Usually during the summer I take multiple trips and sleep everyday away, but not this summer. This summer I had my teachers calling me many times asking me to help them out. I was asked to come back to school a couple times and talk in front of people about my experiences in the Academy of Digital Design and Communication. Once I came with a couple of other students and talked at an in-service for teachers about using the parks for instruction. We talked about how my class had participated in an amazing project with our partner, Stones River National Battlefield. In the eleventh grade we study American History and American Literature. Our teachers planned a project in which we made several different civil war videos in our Broadcast Journalism class using what we had learned in our other classes. When the videos were completed, we held a film festival to showcase the videos and the students in our academy were able to text in their votes for best videos in several categories.

Also towards the end of the summer my teacher called me and asked me to spend an entire day filming a teacher in-service meeting. I gladly accepted. I had to wake up at 6 in the morning and meet my teacher at the school at 7. This actually was a great learning experience, mainly because I didn't exactly know what I was doing and didn't do as good of a job as I would have liked. I learned that I have to have time before I start filming to discuss with the people in charge and figure out EXACTLY what they want from me, what camera angles I can use, and what the video is going to be used for. I also learned that maybe for a teacher those meetings are interesting, but from an outsider’s point of view they are like watching C-Span for eight hours straight.

But seriously, I did learn a ton from that meeting and from talking in front of teachers about our project. I'm really glad my teachers like me enough to bother me during the summer and ask me to help them out.

Barrett D., Academy Of Digital Design and Communication

McGavock High School