2016-11-17 / Life in Leelanau

Cub reporters keep little Lakers informed

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE second grader Alivia Ankerson was one of two students featured as a ‘student spotlight’ on Little Laker TV last week. GLEN LAKE second grader Alivia Ankerson was one of two students featured as a ‘student spotlight’ on Little Laker TV last week. The “Laker Space” in the elementary wing of Glen Lake School is where magic is made and documented by students for all the world to see.

“Little Laker News” is recorded three times a week and is posted on the school website as well as You Tube.

“They’re doing something neat, giving information and celebrating success,” said second grade teacher Carrie McClure, who oversees the Little Laker project. She learned of similar programs while attending a conference put together by the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning.

Each week, interested students sign up to be part of Little Laker News and using the Apple iMovie program, record announcements, current events and student “spotlights” in which the youngsters are recognized based on the recommendation of teachers.


MEMBERS OF a Glen Lake Robotics Team were interviewed by a classmate for a piece that appeared on Little Laker TV. Pictured (from left) are Tyler Brown and Jamie Blondia and interviewer Bryce Cundiff. MEMBERS OF a Glen Lake Robotics Team were interviewed by a classmate for a piece that appeared on Little Laker TV. Pictured (from left) are Tyler Brown and Jamie Blondia and interviewer Bryce Cundiff. Earlier this month, grade schooler Imogen Thompson manned the computer, recording different pieces which were then put on the school website and the worldwide web.

Second grader Alivia Ankerson was one of two Little Lakers featured on the student spotlight.

She stood in front of a green screen and read a statement prepared by teacher Carrie Schichtel which identified her as an “All Star” writer. Another girl read a statement by her teacher recognizing her as a “hard worker” who goes above and beyond what’s expected in the classroom.

Other Laker news includes general and birthday announcements.

In other segment, fifth graders Bryce Cundiff, Ollie O’Neill and Levi McClure took turns interviewing members of one of four robotics teams from Glen Lake Elementary who participated in the Vex IQ Robotics Competition in Elk Rapids, Nov. 5.

There was some real news there.

The team — comprised of Jamie Blondia, Tyler Brown, Cooper Bufalini, Tyler Bixby, Charlie Williams and Dylan Cundiff — came home with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) award.

Their project was “Robots to Cure Cancer.”

“We picked this project because it is common and touches many people in our community,” Bixby said. “We spent a lot of time researching robotics and cancer.”

McClure said the benefits to students are many.

“In addition to improving reading fluency, it gives them a reason to be proud of their accomplishments and that the whole school knows about it,” she said.

YouTube also includes a 2:33-minute piece by two members of “Team Five Laker News” in which they interview Joe Hobbins, Glen Lake director of building and grounds, about recent improvements to the school campus.

In the interview posted Oct. 27, the youngsters took turns posing detailed questions about the type of grass planted on the grounds. They also gave Hobbins a platform to announce the importance of limiting activity on the new turf until the root system is established.

Since the end of September, Little Laker news visited more than 500 times.

“It makes you happy that you’re telling people what’s happening,” participant Kendall McNitt said. “It’s fun thinking about being on the school website.”

Little Laker News can be accessed by clicking on the link, located on the lower left of the Glen Lake Community School website: www.glenlakeschools.org.

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