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As presented at EduCon 2.1, January 2009

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    • School Newspaper 2.0: Students Using Participatory Media to Build Community January 2009 | Educon 2.1 | Philadelphia
    • A vision of students today
    • A vision of students today
    • A vision of students today
    • A vision of students today
    • A community of individuals with at least one thing in common: School is a part of their lives. BIG But where can they e x p r e s s themselves?
    • … in here?
    • What does that have to do with a “newspaper/media club?”
    • I believe…
      • Technology is everywhere,
      • Stories are everywhere, and
      • Our community needs (and wants!) to hear them.
      • Most of all, I believe…
      STUDENTS have something to say .
    • What is a “Newspaper”?
      • “… a written publication containing news, information and advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called newsprint.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper
    • What is “Multimedia”?
    • So, what’s a Multimedia Newspaper?
    • Writing Videos Photos Podcasts Member Profiles All can view but only members can edit All student produced. All the time.
    • The Vision … about everything happening at school.
    • TBirdTimes.org
      • News, short stories, sports coverage, features, and more … in multiple media formats:
      • Writing
      • Video
      • Photo Essays
      • Original Artwork
      • Podcasts
      • More
    • Tools:
    • Tools: … among others.
    • Students and Staff Participate
    • Every member has a profile page *THEY* customize…
    • … and, together, we learn how to make sure it is SAFE and well designed.
    • Our goal: do something that’s never been done before…
    • Produce, publish and maintain an online multimedia newspaper unlike anything ever created* by a middle school. * as far as I know. ;-)
      • Feature Rich
      • Familiar Metaphor
      • Multimedia Friendly
      • Can be made COPPA compliant
      • Free
      Our Weapon of Choice: Ning
    • Current Status
      • 12 middle school student members (6-8 active at any given time)
      • 10 adult/school staff members
      • 41 forum postings/articles, countless comments
        • Advice column
        • Horoscopes
        • School events coverage
        • Webcast series
      • 14 student profile pages
      • 9 student-produced videos
      • 43 photos including original digital artwork
      • Twice-weekly after-school meetings
      • Accessible from home
    • What’s Working Well
      • Ning platform
      • Google Docs
      • Participation by active members
      • Variety of content
      • Use of digital tools
      • Discussion of “real world” Internet safety
      • Anonymity / COPPA compliance
    • What Could Be Better
      • More school-related content
        • Plans: profile of a student with Downs syndrome, retirement montage videos, more sports event coverage, more teacher interviews, more feature articles
      • Ability for non-members to comment
      • More student participation
      • More emphasis on writing
      • http://tbirdtimes.org
    • Image Credits http://www.flickr.com/photos/mezzoblue/135371202/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesyu/61784469/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oudeschool/662078822/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/artgallery/1587436328/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dejahthoris/140609589/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/difei/2654449181/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_d/30859899/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-tal/2585526987/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/162546810/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybanks/298347707/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/28109157@N02/2620934647/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/trekkyandy/496564110/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alistair_israel/2056761663/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/15312650@N05/2249866870/ http://flickr.com/photos/jfahler/2641700497/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2417471256/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2406757196/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2405926359/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2195671431/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mspatt/2367994932/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2843976839/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigdilldigital/2493425414/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_kevo/2423434695/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/captkodak/2322374833/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/captkodak/321546787/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/celinesphotographer/328581080/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_marshall/260978898/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchieb/2100764207/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/48011843/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/acsamman/1264476755/