We did something today at PBS Hawaii we've never done before. And so did teachers and students from schools throughout the state.
We made an online-only announcement of 2013 winners, from our HIKI NŌ statewide student news network. And we used OVEE, an emerging screening platform that allows people to watch a show together, from anywhere, and interact throughout the program. Each viewer can see the other viewers' comments as the program goes on, in real time. It's as if you're sharing the same sofa.
From schools on different islands came congratulations as winners were announced: "Way to rock the Leeward coast!," "Woo-hoo!", "Way to go!," "Everyone did a fantastic job. Thanks for the opportunity!"
There were 53 sites online.
The brief, encouraging remarks reflected the nature of the program--a simple announcement of awards.
But we see the vision of program-connected communities looking at content together and interacting with each over stories, issues, next steps.
OVEE is a creation, still in the experimental phase, of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The initials stand for Online Video Engagement Experience.
See media morph!
Thanks to HIKI NŌ broadcast sponsors for announcing the winners: Bank of Hawaii Foundation President Donna Tanoue and HMSA VP (and former journalist) Elisa Yadao...