Lights, camera, action: Grant gives Lufkin students broadcast experience

Lights, camera, action: Grant gives Lufkin students broadcast experience
Students at Lufkin's Brandon Elementary School participate in a grant program called Lights, Camera, Action. It teaches students how to use technology to produce a broadcast. (Khyati Patel/Multimedia Journalist)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Each year, Lufkin ISD teachers are awarded special grants for showing innovation in the classroom. This week, we’re showcasing a handful of those educators as they prepare to present to the public how they used those funds to help their students succeed.

Jo Martin is the library media specialist at Brandon Elementary School.

She says the Lights, Camera, Action initiative is a team effort with instructional technology and the three 5th grade teachers who teach gifted and talented students.

“We started this Lights, Camera, Action for the students to be able to explore different areas of social media and global media and learn different skill," Martin said.

The new set up for the program includes an equipment production set where about 20 students work together and take turns doing the various production jobs, including anchoring a newscast, script writing and editing.

Students at Lufkin's Brandon Elementary School participate in a grant program called Lights, Camera, Action. It teaches students how to use technology to produce a broadcast. (Khyati Patel/Multimedia Journalist)
Students at Lufkin's Brandon Elementary School participate in a grant program called Lights, Camera, Action. It teaches students how to use technology to produce a broadcast. (Khyati Patel/Multimedia Journalist)

“They’re collaborating. They work on a team drive and they work on it at their leisure,” Martin said. “They are learning so many skills, editing skills, team work, collaboration, technology skills, and speaking skills.”

Martin said the program is also giving students a look at possible careers.

"One student actually said ‘I didn’t know I was going to like script writing, but now I love it. I think I want to do this when I grow up,’” Martin said. “So it’s exposing them to something that they never would’ve ever experienced before and that’s very exciting.”

Right now, the students record their finished product once a week and then broadcast it to students. Martin said once they get past the practice and learning stage they will post broadcasts on the school’s website and work to go global.

Martin said Lights, Camera, Action is also important because it’s getting the rest of the student body interested in the work -- not just those who are a part of the program.

Students at Lufkin's Brandon Elementary School participate in a grant program called Lights, Camera, Action. It teaches students how to use technology to produce a broadcast. (Khyati Patel/Multimedia Journalist)
Students at Lufkin's Brandon Elementary School participate in a grant program called Lights, Camera, Action. It teaches students how to use technology to produce a broadcast. (Khyati Patel/Multimedia Journalist)

“Our future goal is to train the fourth graders so that when they come up they can do it,too.” Martin said. “We have all this great equipment, and we’re very excited. But the excitement is the expressions on the kids faces whenever they see the broadcast when they get to take part in it. They are excited and that excites me.”

On Thursday, Jan 31., Lufkin ISD will hold a Grant Showcase to allow students, teachers, and potential donors to see how donations directly impact students at Lufkin ISD. The Lights, Camera, ACtion proram will be one of the projects presented alongside four other projects from varying grade levels.

The Grant Showcase will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center at 5 p.m. and the event is free to the public.

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