But where do we start? Simple ... research and asking questions. I took our questions to the NZ Teachers facebook group asking for advice on what worked for others and what types of equipment they recommended. The response was fantastic and made us aware of some choices we needed to make; should the TV station air at a certain time of day or could we record for teachers to choose a delivery time to suit their class routine?
At this point we realised we had a delivery method in the Microsoft Office 365 Video Application. I had been using the Video Application to store our assembly music lyric videos on the music channel, as it allowed the entire school access to practice singing whenever it suited their routines. The same could be applied to the OPTV channel.
So now it was time to give it a good old fashioned kiwi go. So using the tools we currently had available at the school, cameras and video cameras we took footage of the next event at school - Pasifika Day, celebrating the various pacific cultures represented in our school. This was an ideal project to start with as not every student could partake in every activity offered, so the ideal way to share was through OPTV.
On the 7th of September 2015 we completed our first upload to the OPTV channel and also held our first school wide viewing at our school assembly. The reaction from our students was so positive as they saw themselves and could also see the activities they had missed out on from our Pasifika Day. There were lots of comments and excitement around the new OPTV channel.
To keep that buzz going we took the opportunity to take footage during a visit from Kelly Sports the next day. In addition to that I enlisted the help of a number of students as interviewers. This added to our clips appeal and we used a mixture of still images and video again to create something to share with the rest of the school. While this video showed some of our equipment limitations it still highlights what we have achieved in a short amount of time.
Students were then able to log into their Microsoft Office 365 accounts and show their parents what we had been up to and the feedback again was positive. We can track how many people are viewing our clips and that has been so much fun for the OPTV team.
Highs: Creating our own message to the All Blacks. The positive way the students reacted to each other on screen. The confidence of our interviewers and film makers.
Next steps? Publicise the OPTV channel and get our views increased. Utilise the OPTV channel to enhance some of our school notices. Getting more people involved to share the journey and ensure all of the various stories around the school are told. Upgrade our equipment and build a studio. Watch this space.