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1-8-12 GCA Students Share Campus Experience Live Online
Photo caption: GCA students work behind the scene to stream events for family and friends who are unable to attend in person. Run primarily by students, this ministry is a great ministry tool for a boarding academy.

Georgia-Cumberland Academy’s (GCA) IT department, also known as the Computer Helpdesk, records and streams several events live over the Internet for family and friends. Basketball games, week of prayer, drama, choir, and band performances are some of the events streamed. The Computer Helpdesk, mainly student employees, has a crew at each event to setup and operate cameras, run a video switching board, and mix the audio on a soundboard.

This marks the fourth year GCA has streamed campus events. However, it took a little while to reduce the process to a science. The first couple of years involved a lot of testing and experimenting with different software and equipment until the most efficient method was found. IT Director Ernest Staats said, “Streaming started as a novelty and has now become a depended on ministry that we do here at GCA.”

The streaming ministry allows family to connect with their students even when they can’t attend events on campus. On Sunday, November 11, Mark and Barbara McKinney were not able to attend the National Honor Society induction service that their son, Caleb, was a part of. Mark was still able to see the service streamed online and says, “Thank you all for allowing us to virtually be there.  The program was very spiritual and a great example of GCA at its best.”

"The streaming program provided by GCA is professionally done and extremely beneficial,” added Marsha Claus, parent of GCA junior Eric Claus. “With family living all across the country, the opportunity to watch streamed activities helps them feel a closer connection with Eric and his school life."

The streaming service has extended beyond the family and friends of GCA students. Georgia-Cumberland Conference events held on the campus of GCA have also been streamed, most recently the Choir and Bell Festival Concert. Over 190 friends and family recently logged on across the conference to watch their elementary students perform at the Friday evening service.

To view a schedule of upcoming events at GCA and to watch the live streaming, please visit http://live.gcasda.org.

Alex Brady, GCA Senior and Computer Helpdesk worker

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