W.E.B. Du Bois, a chartered small high school in Milwaukee, WI, has a communication and technology focus to engage students’ interests and develop 21st century skills. The school employs an integrated and project-based curriculum to teach the use of various media including television and radio broadcasting, digital video and editing, digital photography, desktop publishing, and web design. The school also requires 100 hours of community service to graduate, a result of its secondary focus on social justice. The students maintain a yearly electronic portfolio of work in the areas of the humanities, math and science, and electives. These portfolios culminate in a senior year presentation portfolio that can then be used for college or job applications.
Night at the Video Store
This is the award-winning movie during the editing stages. Enjoy! The final, fully edited version is a part of Dominique’s senior portfolio.
Dominique’s hand-drawn story boards
About the teacher
Karen Ambrosh teaches Media Literacy, Video Production, and Multimedia & Design courses at W.E.B. Du Bois High School. She has her Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UW-Milwaukee. Karen is the president of the National Telemedia Council, an organization that is dedicated to promoting a media literate global society and produces The Journal of Media Literacy.