POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – High school students should always have a pencil and paper…but how about a drone?
Poland Seminary High School is giving students the opportunity to practice with the remote-controlled aircraft in a video production class.
“We flew the drone around the football field. It went really high up. You could see all around. It was really cool,” Poland Senior Eric White said.
Poland High’s video production course is a brand-new class at the school this fall, with a brand-new studio and brand-new computers.
“We had seen what other schools had done with their broadcast studios,” Teacher Patrick Williams said. “And we thought that would be a good thing for us to start incorporating into Poland.”
Williams said even though teenagers are familiar with smart-phone cameras and video apps, they still have a lot to learn.
“I tell them this the first day, if you’re going to put something out there, it might as well be the best work you can do,” Williams said.
“He’ll teach us how to do something, and he’ll be like ‘Make a movie out of it,’ or ‘Make a commercial out of it,'” freshman Carson Magni said.
While trained experts fly the drones, the students can run the drone’s camera and use the footage for their projects.
“The coolest part is that with each video, you get to tell a story, and that’s not something that I get to do otherwise,” senior Abbey Lea said.