Technology in the classroom has advanced in many ways in even the past few years. In elementary school, we were taught by chalkboards, slide projectors, and whiteboards which were cost effective and in many cases, the most advanced utensils for learning that we had. With computer desktops provided at one per class and even then it ran slowly and required constant work from the single IT worker and not too effective at improving the technological understanding of the class as a whole, schools sought out a better way to teach everyone.
Channel One News was basically a school-wide television channel made possible by the creation of networks of televisions. Each class would tune into channel one at the beginning of the day for about twenty minutes for updates about the school, that days lunch, the Pledge of Allegiance, and current events at the state and national level. Next, they had selected programs taught by students about topics whatever was scheduled and appropriate for class that day. Students applied to be part of the Channel One Team as an extra curricular club. They were selected based on their performance and understanding of certain topics and their ability to understand critical concepts of their prime subject. Most of the time the upperclassmen such as seniors in high school or, in most cases at the elementary school level, teachers would record a class-long program. They selected topics pertaining to the curriculum at the time. Students would operate all recording equipment and would switch their jobs such as camera or microphones and soundboards to improve knowledge of the entire process.
I think that this is a great way for students to learn at all levels because it helps for the largest amount of students to learn from their peers as opposed to just listening to a teacher for the school day. It helps students to be more adapted to broad technologies and show that there are many ways to learn and will be more adjusted learning at higher levels. In college I found that no professor teaches in the same manner as another, they each have their own style and with Channel One News, along with regular teaching, I found myself better off than my fellow students. The students in the programs should find themselves even better off than most because on top of already being identified as an exceptional student, they get taught the basics of mass communication, are put in a high pressure, high potential experience and usually find a supportive group that encourages learning and understanding.
Channel One is also a good alternative because it provides a service to the teachers in the school that uses it. Teachers will be able to plan more quality or in depth classes because the general/basic topics would be taught on the program and the teacher would be there to help with any questions. In many cases students would use the program as an introduction and the teachers would elaborate. This saves time and pressure on teachers and in a lot of cases. If a student missed a class, they would be able to watch the recorded program and be able to get a brief review and hopefully be caught up. With Channel One, you can help ensure that students and teachers are learning the same curriculum and should all be at the same level of academics.
Since the installation of the Channel One News in Colorado, many schools have adapted their style of teaching and Channel One News has been developed into an actual television station to mass produce current events and still teach topics in Math, English, History, and Science. With the large improvement in technology, schools and home-schooled students can be on the same page and can improve the greater expansion of knowledge in school districts nationwide.