Welcome to my site!
My name is Ty Stuyvesant and I created this site as an aid for the students I teach and the educators I work with.
Much of my focus is about teaching 21st century skills and using technology and student creativity to communicate information in authentic project-based learning situations. As educators its our job to preserve, protect and foster students natural desire to discover and learn.
A few years ago, a film class would of been studying creators or directors of film. And that’s still very important, but now we have the technology advances that we can easily make our own films. Don’t get carried away though, don’t rely on the new shiny camera to make you the movie, A good story come from lots of stored knowledge and understanding of film language, along with great skill, directing, acting, and a well thought out plan. This definitely is an art, but also a mixture of communication skills and technology knowledge will play a vital role in your success. Finally, we’re at a point technology and price point wise where students, consumers etc. can take this equipment and put videos together with great results. Even our phones are capable of filming and editing a movie!
Much of my studies have been geared towards arts at Edinboro University, where I acquired a Bachelors in Film and Video Production. Soon after I acquired a dual teaching certification in Art k-12 and technology. Throughout the last ten years I’ve spent teaching Digital media and movie making, and continuing to operate a small website based photography/Video business that creates hand crafted films, featuring artists, real estate, business’s and real estate.
For the last 6 years Ive been teaching (DM3) Digital Media and Movie Making, and two TV Production courses at Pomperaug High School. TV Production 1 focusses on introductory skills, pre production, production and post production techniques. TV Production 2 has focuses on advanced techniques of Broadcast journalism, Newscast, studio and lighting, Live TV and documentary style production. (DM3) is part of the academy initiative and focusses on creativity, communicating with video, where we work with animation, elements of design, website construction, application development, social networking, Graphic Design and Marketing to a target audience. After the first semester we put all these new skills together create a campaign, to compete in the CT innovation expo. During this time we set objectives, goals, plan out our next two months of work. During this time students take on roles that specialize in these different areas of interest. Our culminating video projects are entered into the CT Student Film Festival and displayed at the CT Innovation Expo.
I’ve been drawn to the educational field, because it’s important for me to help others. It’s rewarding to see students engaged while picking up valuable 21st century communication skills. I believe it’s essential to give the students a classroom atmosphere that invites creativity and self-expression. It’s important for students to explore and learn these skills by connecting projects to themselves and the world they live in. As a Teacher, I embrace the Core Values, Beliefs, and 21st Century Expectations for Student Learning.