Stratton MicroSociety Project

Students operating video cameras in studio.

Students become proficient in video camera operation.

Photo by Michael O. Thomas

Illinois Public Media is helping students and teachers at Stratton Leadership & MicroSociety Magnet School in Champaign create, maintain and staff their 21st Century Digital Media Center.  Their Center allows them to run their own video production studio, anchor newscasts, write and videotape stories, edit video and publish content on their website,

WILL's Kimberlie Kranich helps students edit video.Stratton’s 21st Century Digital Media Center is part of their microsociety and is one of 23 businesses, services, centers, organizations  or non-profit agencies run by students Mondays-Thursdays the first hour of the school day.  WILL staff created the curriculum for the Center, aligning it with state standards for technology competencies for 3rd through 5th grade students.   WILL received a grant from Unit 4 Schools to support Stratton for the 2012-2015 school years.WILL's Henry Radcliffe directs students in the studio. By the time WILL’s involvement ends, the students and teachers will be able to run their Media Center on their own.