Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

speaker, video crew and switcher camera view

The Telecom crew livestreamed portions of the fifth annual Newport News Public Schools iNNovate Conference August 3.

The event is a gathering for teachers to "explore the latest trends, ideas, and strategies in education," according to its website. It was held at the Woodside High School Auditorium. Attendees could choose to be in person or virtual.

Participants were able to attend sessions about innovative teaching methods, using technology in the classroom, student engagement, and more.

Telecom livestreamed the opening remarks and the keynote speaker, Nancye Blair Black, who is an educator, speaker, author, and consultant. The video is available on the NNPS Telecom Student YouTube channel.

Telecom's streaming crew produced the event as a multi-camera production using their ATEM switcher, which is a small, portable switcher.

The crew was made up of NNPS-TV staff, an alumnus of the Telecom program, and a current Telecom student (the latter two happen to be brothers).

Telecom alumnus Brandon Hedgepeth directed, while Telecom Supervisor Ray Price was producer and camera operator.

Current Telecom student Ryan Hedgepeth of Woodside High School also served as a camera operator.

NNPS-TV Broadcast Engineer Mansoor Ahmed handled the engineering duties.

The Telecom team is often able to support the production needs of NNPS beyond school board meetings, football games, and graduations, and also beyond television, to include video recording and livestreaming. The iNNovate conference livestream is a perfect example of how they are able to serve the school system using their equipment and expertise.