LEROY — Panther football fans who weren’t ready for the season to end can relive great moments from the 2006 season with a few clicks of their computer mouse.
High school students in Rick Brown’s Graphic Design and Publications Class compiled the “big plays” from each game into their own podcast, “Panther Rewind.” Fans can view the podcasts online or download them onto a portable device, such as an iPod.
To create Panther Rewind, Brown videotaped from the sidelines during Panther games. Two of Brown’s students, Rodney Henson and Brett Bruning, downloaded the video and selected the featured plays. Both Bruning and Henson were starters on the team, so both had a good idea about the plays they would select before beginning the editing process.
After Henson and Bruning edited the footage down to about 10 minutes, coach B.J. Zeleznik added narration. Henson and Bruning also added captions, transitions and titles. From there, the podcast was uploaded to the Internet for fans to view.
Brown’s students began the LeRoy Schools Podcasting Network last spring, and Panther Rewind is just one of many segments featured. Other podcasts include school events such as homecoming and madrigals. Brown said he created the network “to give the public another way to see what is happening at the school and what the students are involved in.”
Brown said the podcasts are good projects for students because they allow for “creative control, such as editing, soundtracks, transitions, titles, and additional material such as interviews and voice-overs.”
For some students, participating in the podcasting network has helped them select a career. Henson is a senior and said he plans to major in graphic design in college.
Bruning said he’s always enjoyed video projects, but hasn’t really thought of making it a career.
Instead, the best part for him is knowing his projects are on the Internet, being viewed by people all over the country.
That, said Brown, is part of what makes it valuable for students.
“It gives the students a learning experience that doesn’t end with a teacher’s evaluation. The final product is out on the Internet for everyone to see, so there is a huge amount of accountability.”
Panther fans can access the podcasts through the school’s Web site, www.leroy.k12.il.us. The podcasts also can be downloaded for free from the iTunes music service.