• TV Production & Communication

    Blue Devil Nation TV


    Course Description:

    Students enrolled in this course will learn the history of television, how to work a video camera, the basics of videography, and video editing skills.  Students will work on live shoots and are responsible for many projects as part of their coursework.  Students will learn the ins and outs of television broadcasting by putting together productions from beginning to end.



    Students are to have a dedicated notebook, pencil/pen, and a flash drive (8GB minimum, 16GB reccommended). Students should also bring headphones to use when creating/editing their video projects.

    Since the number of digital video cameras is limited, the amount of access students have for checking out cameras will be limited. When available, students may check out equipment for use off campus.  If so, an Equipment Use Contract outlining responsibilities will be signed by student and parent/guardian beforehand.



    1. On-task - Students are to be at their assigned work area at or ready to work when the period bell sounds. It is expected that they remain on-task engaged in instruction or productively working on assignments or projects. Interaction with other students is encouraged, however interference with normal classroom procedures or things of a non-class nature, such as gossiping, is not allowed. It should be noted that students are often required to work cooperatively with others on assignments and projects.
    2. Work Area Cleanliness- The student work area including the floor is to remain clear of backpacks and trash for safety reasons. No food or drink is allowed in the class. At the end of the period, the student is to clean their work area of any tools, supplies, equipment, or trash and replace the chair under the table.

    3. Equipment Use - At times throughout the year students or student teams may need to use some specialized equipment like video cameras. Such equipment will need to be checked out prior to removal from storage. The equipment is to be restored and check-in made with the instructor before class end. On some occasions, students may wish to check out equipment such as digital video cameras, for use off campus.  If so, an Equipment Use Contract outlining responsibilities will be signed by student and parent/guardian beforehand. The student and parent/guardian will be held responsible for any loss or damage.



    Absenses - Because Wood-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School's primary goal is to prepare students for the world of work, replication of the workplace is very important. A critical skill expected by employers is daily attendance. With that in mind, the policy of this class is to strongly enforce the attendance policies for WRHS students as outlined in the Student Handbook/Planner.

    Tardies - Instruction begins as the class starts. As with absences, the workplace skill of being on time is emphasized and factored into the student’s grade.




    Grades are assigned based upon several types of assessments including in-class assignments, quizzes/tests, projects, portfolio, and professionalism.


    These include creating scripts and storyboards.


    Quizzes/Tests are given where appropriate throughout the year. Initially, a weekly quiz is given. Following the reading of the lesson for the week, students will take notes and prepare for a quiz.


    These realistic projects challenge the student to use the computer and software programs to creatively and artistically solve design problems common to the video/film professions. As an example, students film, edit, and produce a different videos.

    Like all work done in the video field, completion of projects by the deadline is crucial to an individual’s and a businesses’ success! This importance is emphasized in all project work in this class. Late student projects are assessed a 10% penalty for each day the project is late and may be considered unacceptable after one week late.

    Students are to create their own original work. Copyright violations or plagiarism or work that contains sexually explicit, drug/alcohol, gang, or other inappropriate content will cause the project not to be accepted and may result in the student disciplinary actions.


    Each student is to assemble a 'portfolio'.  This portfolio isn't a tradtional one.  Instead, you'll be tasked with performing ten (10) 'jobs' each marking period.  Jobs are extra tasks performed by a student in addtion to their normal coursework.  Some examples include, filming sports, filming interviews for Blue Devil Nation, filming pep rallys, concerts, editing content, etc.  This will count as a double project grade.

    Observation and Professionalism Grade

    The instructor takes note of and records absences, tardies, off-task periods, and non-professional behavior. A “Professionalism” assessment is based upon these criteria and factored into the overall student grade.



    Behavioral Policies:

    Internet Access

    For a number of assignments and projects, students will be working on the Internet, more specifically the World Wide Web. All students are to strictly adhere to its district guidelines.

    Behavioral Agreement

    A Behavioral Agreement is to be read, and agreed to by student and parent/guardian and returned within 5 days of start of class. Unacceptable behavior and the resulting consequences are outlined within it. Student and parent/guardian agree to this policy by signing it. A copy will be kept on file.

    Positive self-motivation and participation in classroom activities is expected in this class, and respect and courtesy is demanded in order that we ALL may have the opportunity to be productive and gain the knowledge and skills we need to be successful. This desired behavior is critical in the workplace and is strongly reinforced in this class.

    Behavioral Expectations

    It is requested from you the same courtesy, respect, and attention for the instructor and your peers, which you expect for yourself.

    Keys to Success

        • Attend Class as Scheduled
        • Be on Time
        • Be Productively on Task
        • Complete Work on Time
        • Be Respectful of Self and Others
        • Maintain a Clean Workstation



    Behavioral Contract

    Equipment Use Agreement