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Infusing Technology = Authentic Audience

Written By: Paula Neidlinger - Jan• 22•15
IBS Finalists


How Do You Infuse Technology and an Authentic Audience?

Developing a progressively technology-rich curriculum, such as a school radio station, requires a growth-mindset and a proactive leader.  This year, through a shared vision and unique plan for students and teachers,  a new class was added to our curriculum, Interactive Media.  This class has empowered students to innovatively craft their own digital learning experiences through discovery and creation.  The class components include the following:  a student-led radio station -”Storm Radio”, PTV2 News Channel, Web Design, Social Media, News Reporting, Video Production, and School News Podcasting. Through discovery and creation, students have become the focal point of the classroom, as explorers and designers.

One of the greatest benefits of 21st century technology infused classrooms, is the integration of authentic audiences.  Launching a student-led radio station has enabled our students to reach listeners worldwide with “live,  local” shows produced solely by students.  Most importantly, we have a Global audience.  No streaming servers to support or drain on facility bandwidth, which is a concern in most school corporations.  All that is required is a Mac and an Internet connection.  We are able to keep listeners engaged with recorded programming – recorded and scheduled by us during our class time, or live, during dances, lunch, sporting events, and before and after school, all assisted by Backbone auto-rotation software and our Backbone Mentor, George Capalbo

How are we funding our station?  Currently, we have secured six sponsors from our community.  Students have produced commercials for each of our sponsors, which we run throughout the day and night. Additionally, we were able to utilize technology monies for our initial investment with Backbone. Although we have a TV studio, our radio is run from a mobile cart, which enables us to move around the school as needed.

Indiana Standards addressed:  

  • 8.ML.2.1: Identify and analyze persuasive and propaganda techniques used in visual and verbal messages by electronic, print and mass media, and identify false or misleading information.
  • 8.ML.2.2: Analyze and interpret how people experience media messages differently, depending on point of view, culture, etc.
  • 8.ML.1: Critically analyze information found in electronic, print, and mass media used to inform, persuade, entertain, and transmit culture.
  • 8.SL.1: Listen actively and adjust the use of spoken language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.


The IBS High School Golden Microphone Trophy Award FINALISTS have been announced, and five groups of Lincoln Junior High students have made the finals.  Over 200 IBS Golden and Silver Microphones will be presented at a gala ceremony at the Hotel Pennsylvania PENNTOP Ballroom overlooking Manhattan from the 18th floor, Friday, March 6, 2015, thru Sunday, March 8, 2015, in New York City.

Storm Radio, is one part of the Interactive Media programs at  Lincoln Junior High, which is a new program at Lincoln this year.  The radio station is 24/7 Internet Radio with the call tag – STORM RADIO- “Ride the Waves.”  The radio station is Internet based, so it’s available through the TuneIn App on IOS devices, the LJH DigitalStorm website-, and the Internet – through the TuneIn app.  Students research, write, create, and broadcast daily and provide 100 percent of the programming.  Lincoln is currently the only junior high radio station broadcasting 24/7 in the United States.  The radio has been on-air since September.  Additionally, this is the first year participating in the IBS awards, as Storm Radio is part of the IBS network.

The following LJH students are finalists in the high school division, as there are only high school and college divisions at this time.

03: Best Spot News

– Storm Radio, Lincoln Jr. High, Mooney’s Ice Cream On Location – Trenton Arvesen, Nikki Laucis and Britney Klotz

04: Best Campus News

–  Storm Radio, Lincoln Jr. High, Daily School News – Macy Carter and Elexus Whiteman

11: Best Sports Talk Program

– Storm Radio, Lincoln Jr. High, NFL + Local Sports Talk – Korey Kopetski and Adam Hunter

12: Best Sports Update

–  Storm Radio, Lincoln Jr. High, Plymouth Local Sports – Kelsey Owen and Carly Poczik

–  Storm Radio, Lincoln Jr. High, Sports Talk On Location – Shawn Frantz and Soren Houin

The 75th Annual IBS New York City Conference is focused on New Trends in School/College Radio/TV/Webcasting and will be held at Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Madison Square Garden and PENN Station in New York City, New York, March 6-8.  The conference will Feature over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions and tours, and 1,400 attendees from all over the world!

How are you infusing technology and an authentic audience?

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