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Polar, United help North Border school start television channel

 

This fall, the students of North Border School District, in Pembina and Walhalla, have become the latest student body in North Dakota to start operating a school activities television channel. Polar Communications, Park River and United Communications, Langdon, teamed up to get the two school buildings equipped, and students and teachers trained in editing content for TV production and uploading it to Polar’s and United’s TV networks.

A training session on television program production was conducted for North Border High School students and teachers at Pembina in preparation for their launch of the Eagle Vision school television channel. Peyton Cole, standing, a University of North Dakota student, assists students during the training session. COURTESY PHOTO
A training session on television program production was conducted for North Border High School students and teachers at Pembina in preparation for their launch of the Eagle Vision school television channel. Peyton Cole, standing, a University of North Dakota student, assists students during the training session. COURTESY PHOTO
 

The channel is called Eagle Vision. On the Polar Communications cable television lineup, Eagle Vision is Channel 75; on the United Communications cable TV lineup, Eagle Vision is on Channel 575.

Eagle Vision is the student-produced broadcast of these activities, and more: school announcements; special assembly features; band and choir concerts; athletic events and calendars; lunch menus; and homecoming highlights.

North Border School Superintendent Dr. Paul Stremick says the Eagle Vision television project fits well with multi-media classes the school offers, and with student interest in video production. There is one of these classes in each of the Walhalla and Pembina school buildings. Part of the coursework is operating and producing content for the Eagle Vision broadcasts.

“Our goal is to have the kids film, edit and produce our broadcasts of school activities that are taking place,” Stremick says. “In talking to the students, the great thing is they’re excited about this. It’s a hands-on, project-based learning experience, and they get to apply a lot of what they are learning in their technology class.”

North Border School had a celebration kickoff of Eagle Vision broadcasting in early October, to coincide with homecoming weekend. Leading up to this launch of the channel, Polar Communications and United Communications held an August training, in Pembina, for students and teachers, in broadcast filming, editing and finishing television programs.

“Both Polar and United have been great to work with,” Stremick says. “They have provided us with equipment in both school buildings.”

Eagle Vision is the eighth local school channel Polar Communications has helped establish, and added to its cable TV lineup. For United Communications, Eagle Vision is the first school TV channel it has helped establish for its television lineup.  

Stremick adds that in-school television broadcasting has been central to the North Border educational experience for some time. The school participates in the Northern Red River ITV Cooperative, which provides distance learning opportunities to member schools via telecommunications connectivity. 

“This is the way for us to get our students a lot of the classes that are at the bigger schools –not only required classes, but college credit classes, too,” Stremick says.