Howland, OH -- We live in a world where information is always at our fingertips. With just a few swipes or clicks of a button, people are able to access just about anything from anywhere, including, now, a front row seat to Howland High School’s sporting events and activities.
Students in Brian O’Dell’s high school multimedia class are gaining hands-on experience in broadcasting as they live-stream the district’s activities through Maximum Media Sports and WiredIN. The ball was set in motion last year by O’Dell’s students to offer this experience. After testing equipment, hours research and fine tuning a workflow, Howland High School’s multimedia class was not only able to offer this opportunity to students, but also offer this service to the Howland community and beyond.
“We are excited about the people who have followed our broadcasts since our first game. The amount of views we get are just a taste of what we want to accomplish with this. I have had a couple of coaches and athletic directors from other schools compliment us on how this has allowed their communities to watch from home when they weren’t able to travel. I have heard nothing but positive feedback so far,” said teacher Brian O’Dell.
The students are responsible for showing up early to the activities and athletic events, setting up the cameras and broadcasting equipment, researching the events and teams, reviewing the rosters, preparing the pre-show, interviewing key stakeholders, coaches and players and developing graphics for the broadcast. During the athletic events, students also provide play-by-play and color commentary.
“That fact that our students are completely in charge of producing these shows says a lot. The time they put in each week to get ready and the time they spend doing these live productions shows the dedication they have to the class and the success of the program. They are trendsetters and I believe this will only get better as the productions continue. The experience these students are receiving is second to none. You can talk about this everyday in a lecture or by showing videos, but experiencing it and having the ability to make decisions on the fly, solve problems that occur during the event, and believe me they happen, these are the pieces that make these students more valuable. I can only teach them so much. They learn the rest by actually doing it,” said O’Dell.
Follow along for all of the action on YouTube at Howland Broadcast or follow @HHS_Mu1timedia on Twitter.