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TBird Times EduCon


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As presented at EduCon 2.1, January 2009

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TBird Times EduCon

  1. 1. School Newspaper 2.0: Students Using Participatory Media to Build Community January 2009 | Educon 2.1 | Philadelphia
  2. 2. A vision of students today
  3. 3. A vision of students today
  4. 4. A vision of students today
  5. 5. A vision of students today
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. … in here?
  8. 8. What does that have to do with a “newspaper/media club?”
  9. 9. I believe… <ul><li>Technology is everywhere, </li></ul><ul><li>Stories are everywhere, and </li></ul><ul><li>Our community needs (and wants!) to hear them. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of all, I believe… </li></ul>STUDENTS have something to say .
  10. 10. What is a “Newspaper”? <ul><li>“… a written publication containing news, information and advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called newsprint.” - </li></ul>
  11. 11. What is “Multimedia”?
  12. 12. So, what’s a Multimedia Newspaper?
  13. 13. Writing Videos Photos Podcasts Member Profiles All can view but only members can edit All student produced. All the time.
  14. 14. The Vision … about everything happening at school.
  15. 15. <ul><li>News, short stories, sports coverage, features, and more … in multiple media formats: </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Essays </li></ul><ul><li>Original Artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>More </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tools:
  17. 17. Tools: … among others.
  18. 18. Students and Staff Participate
  19. 19. Every member has a profile page *THEY* customize…
  20. 20. … and, together, we learn how to make sure it is SAFE and well designed.
  21. 21. Our goal: do something that’s never been done before…
  22. 22. Produce, publish and maintain an online multimedia newspaper unlike anything ever created* by a middle school. * as far as I know. ;-)
  23. 23. <ul><li>Feature Rich </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar Metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Can be made COPPA compliant </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul>Our Weapon of Choice: Ning
  24. 25. Current Status <ul><li>12 middle school student members (6-8 active at any given time) </li></ul><ul><li>10 adult/school staff members </li></ul><ul><li>41 forum postings/articles, countless comments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice column </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horoscopes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School events coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webcast series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>14 student profile pages </li></ul><ul><li>9 student-produced videos </li></ul><ul><li>43 photos including original digital artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Twice-weekly after-school meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible from home </li></ul>
  25. 26. What’s Working Well <ul><li>Ning platform </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Participation by active members </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of content </li></ul><ul><li>Use of digital tools </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of “real world” Internet safety </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymity / COPPA compliance </li></ul>
  26. 27. What Could Be Better <ul><li>More school-related content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans: profile of a student with Downs syndrome, retirement montage videos, more sports event coverage, more teacher interviews, more feature articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ability for non-members to comment </li></ul><ul><li>More student participation </li></ul><ul><li>More emphasis on writing </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 29. Image Credits