Following from Mr Massa’s visit, we changed our lesson format to organise the classroom like a real News editorial room, with students and teacher taking the roles of Chief Editor, Section Editors and Reporters. During these sessions we discussed the various events that were taking place within the school community, their newsworthiness, the angles that could be interesting for our audience, and finally decided which Reporter would go after each news to write their report. We kept a log with simple objectives and minutes of our sessions (for a glimpse of our logs, click here https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1PdGqRLCvlSRnlSRlpUOW9JNnc ).
In our first Editorial Session, we decided on the following Sections and potential news stories:
|Section||Event of interest||Reporter|
|Home||Choose one from each section|
|Visit from reporter
Graciela Torres’s retirement
|Band class performs in kinder
IB art exhibition
Choir and Band festival
|Art & entertainment
|Punta Chica concerts
Middle School play
Senior School play: Juliet & Romeo
|Science & technology
|IT Robotics competition
OMA Maths Olympics
Year 8 Geography field trip to Puerto Madero
Year 11 Science field trip to Puerto Madryn
|Community Service trips: Delta, Cachari, Santiago del Estero
Student Voice and Action
Real Fire Evac at Punta Chica!
Hockey/rugby tour to Uruguay
Primary and Kinder sports
Shop prices – inflation
From then on, the Editorial Sessions took place with the different Sections working in groups on their individual articles.
Planning sessions involved discussion of the following questions:
- What do I already know about the event?
- What are the interesting aspects of the event?
- Audience: Who will be interested in this particular piece of news?
- What do I want/need to find out about the event?
- Who can give me the information?
- Who will I interview and what questions will I ask?
Students took notes, commented on one another’s work, made decisions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UBVDWB29aPJpSAh1PvmfsL-D_BsqVaAFMT00aUb7JKc https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x3Yfc2jL-1ef-j41OFpF1h2LeNF7qJj_DqpYPxLEEu8
At the same time, in ICT the focus was on the actual design and construction of our Site, in the following stages:
ICT: Analyze different News Sites
Students were asked to visit at least three different News Sites. They had to experience the Look and Feel of each site with special attention on visual effects, layout and navigation features.
Examples of students work:
ICT: Design a News Site
In their editorial groups student discussed possible layouts, colours, fonts, logo, etc for their News Site. They later presented their design proposal on a slide to the rest of the class and received feedback from their peers. The purpose of the activity was to come up with an agreement about the final design of the class News Site.
Proposals by year 8 CI