My name is Kevin McNulty (my resume), and I teach English 11, English as a New Language and Mass-Media Studies at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. I began my tenure at Penn High School in 1998, and have been advising the Penn News Network since 2001. PNN got its start in the mid-nineties, and you can find us at work everyday at pnn.phmschools.org.
In my role as the teacher-adviser, I also manage the television studio, advise the Penn News Network (PNN) organization, make professional development films, and help teachers and students mass-communicate better.
Since 2001, I have realized that a television program and all the work that goes into it provides a great mechanism to teach language & communication. Though project-based learning was not yet in my repertoire in ’01, I knew that was the basis for instruction in that space.
I began reading about broadcast journalism and started to build on an already-successful program
by adding an introductory class. With that group of students, we broadened the curriculum to include hands-on learning modules as well the more theoretical, like developing one’s media literacy. We also began making the move from an analog production to digital, which provided its own project-based learning opportunities.
By 2005, I introduced the Seminar in Film Literature and Recording Arts Class in a new lab, and through that class we made independent films such as music videos, PSAs, mini-documentaries, and short narrative films. That year we hosted our first of nine film festivals. Since then, we have added a telecommunications class, which is a production class that focuses on shooting daily segments for students, teachers, and the administration.
In the summer time, the PNN Studio stays in production by hosting a media camp. The media camp uses a cross-age mentoring model to allow for current PNN students to work with middle-schoolers and second-language learners both in the field and in the studio. In the
summer of 2016, the media camp is becoming the media academy as it is joining the ranks of the Summer Language Academies of Penn High School.
By combining mass media and ENL, the goal is to create an ENL Strategies class that feels more like an elective than a compulsory language enrichment class.
In addition to teaching students…
I also facilitate teachers in using technology. I have taught graduate classes in productivity software, web design, and instructional technology integration. Currently, I work with teachers in using learning management systems such as Canvas, by Instructure.
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