Good morning everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week. If you read my post this week appreciating substitute teachers, you’ll know I’ve been a tad under the weather. There’s still a lot going on. Today’s lead story is inspired by Show #27 with Annice Brave and Jeff Hudson, 20 year veteran English Teachers from Alton Illinois. While that show is mostly about their coplanning method and how they help include more minorities in their honors program, Annice mentioned a tidbit about journalism students having higher test scores than AP students and I had to dig deeper and give you more resources.
After I spent time with science teacher Kaci Heins this week on Every Classroom Matters (Show #29), I did a lot of looking into how you can integrate space into your classroom and have included a few space resources in today’s education and technology news.
I came across three pieces of interesting news yesterday: a woman was given a ticket for wearing Google Glass (even though they were off), some pushback is emerging against what some say is false hysteria over bullying caused by news media who aren’t getting their facts straight, and an FAA announcement that means you might not need to power down that ebook during landing and take off any more.
There are several interesting articles debating MOOCS as higher ed really starts grappling with a movement that they can’t quite get their hands around. And because I had so many resources from him and realized how useful Stephen Downes has been to me through the years, I’m recommending that many of you will want to get his daily updates. Another great resource is Kathy Shrock as I was reminded on my recent daily update about infographics and I”ve included some infographics resources she’s organized. Hope you have a great weekend wherever you teach. Remember to matter in your classroom – you make a difference – live it and be it!
Resources for Journalism and School Newspapers
- Welcome to Journalism Education Association
The US national association for journalism educators is the JEA. As you seek to improve and level up your journalism program at your school, this site has many resources for you to use.
“The Journalism Education Association is the largest scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. Put simply, we educate teachers on how to educate students.”
- Resolution on the Importance of Journalism Courses and Programs in English Curricula
If you need “proof” of the merit of journalism programs, look no further than the “enemy” that has been the excuse for killing many journalism programs — test scores. Read this NCTE position paper about journalism in the curriculum which states:
“It is important to note that a body of research provides data showing that students who participate in journalism programs do better on testing and college language arts courses. In Journalism Kids Do Better (Dvorak, Lain, Dickson), research shows students who take journalistic writing courses score higher on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam than students who take only AP or honors English courses. They also score higher on college entrance exams such as the ACT. “We’ve done a number of research studies that show that high school journalism is equal to or exceeds standard English [courses], Dvorak said. “Journalism students’ writing skills, their sensitivity to audience, their use of grammar, punctuation, spelling, their concern with accuracy, their use of sources — all of these things tended to be significantly higher in their performances.””
I would also argue that many students who are not reached by AP or honors courses can be highly engaged in journalistic pursuits. If you want a strong writing program, make sure you have a school newspaper. Share this with your newspaper and annual staff advisors to help reinforce the merit of journalism programs with your board of education and administrators.
- Campus Weblines: Organizing a Student Newspaper Staff
The New York Times has a handy guide for organizing a student newspaper staff including the roles and how to balance print and online “voices”. I also like the section in the guide “Using the Paper to Enhance the Curriculum.”
- How to set up a student newspaper | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional
This is an interesting article from the Guardian’s teacher network about running an independent newspaper using a Grammar school as a case study. I thought this quote is telling:
“The key to the success of the newspaper is to establish a trust relationship with the students involved so that they know the boundaries of their independence and know where their responsibilities lie. The editorial team is appointed and led by the editor in chief, a student selected by an interview with me and the outgoing editor.”
- Best College Newspapers: 2013 Ranking Released by Princeton Review : College Media Matters
As you review the best of the best, peruse the best college newspapers of 2013 as ranked by the Princeton review. Have students and prospective journalists review these sites and look at the articles that are the most engaging and active. Online media is often about the reshare – what type of stories are people willing to share and discuss. Online papers are sort of a focus group for what interests people. Hope this list gives you some discussion points for your newspaper organization.
- Lancer Link : The School Newspaper of Carlsbad High School
This is a great school newspaper that uses WordPress. You can see that they have advertisements and that this is made possible by wordpress.
- Award Winners | School Newspapers Online
This website aggregates the best online school newspapers from around the web. As you take your school news online consider and review some of the best out there and decide what works for you.
- Options for Getting a High School Newspaper Online |
Here are 3 options for taking your high school newspaper online. I like that they recorded the pitches. The three options covered include JEA Digital, School News Online, and Interscholastic Online News Network. Also note that you can set up and create your own WordPress site which may be the best, most affordable option.
- Student Newspapers Scurry to Make Ends Meet – NYTimes.com
College newspapers are met with the same challenges as mainstream media – decilining advertising and increasing online traffic are forcing attention online. Paper is out, social media is in. Organizations that don’t get this shift are going to be in deep problems. Is your school newspaper making the sift.
Resources to Teach about Space in the Classroom
Is wearing Google Glass while driving illegal?
Current Reading on MOOCs
- Rebranding: “MOOC” to “CaS” | Inside Higher Ed
Another alternative is to not use the term “MOOC” and call it a Cas”. (another hat tip to Stephen Downes for this article). I’m not sure that changing the name really will change what is a movement to learn online. Yes, it needs to be verifiable and so many things need to happen, but sometimes I find it odd how higher ed flees from anything that sounds trendy. Why not just Make Moocs better. Anyway, realize that higher ed has woken up and realized something significant is happening, how they will respond is yet to be seen. Says the author:
“The thing formerly known as a MOOC will now be called a CaS.
CaS: Course at Scale.”
- Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu | News | Times Higher Education
Stephen Downes pointed out this great resource that is planning to be the “alternative” to MOOCS.
“Open Educational Resources University course will be able to pay a fee to have their work assessed for academic credit, which would then be recognised by all the universities participating in the OERu.”
Interesting Counterarguments in the Bullying Debate
An excellent stream of useful information about Education: Stephen Downes
Google Glass Driver Ticketed for Wearing Them
- ‘I Was Very Shocked,’ Says Driver Ticketed For Wearing Google Glass : The Two-Way : NPR
A driver was given a ticket in California for wearing Google glass even though it was turned off… and yes, the drama has begun. The police officer said it obstructed the driver’s view.
“The Google Glass is a hands-free device, but that didn’t stop a California driver from getting a ticket for wearing the headset during a traffic stop this week. Cecilia Abadie, who’s in Google’s Explorer program of people testing Glass before its official launch, got a ticket for speeding — and for wearing a device that could block her view of the road.”
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Some more great infographics resources
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