Please sign into your weebly account, and navigate to the new website you created on Monday!!!
You might have noticed I'm not here today. I started feeling really sick after school yesterday and by the time I went to bed I was losing my voice and coughing pretty bad. I just needed a day of rest. I'm already feeling better this morning (I was able to sleep in!).
Since I need to be there to shepard you through the next stage of your new journalism website, today can just be an approved websites day. No youtube. Please stick to links that are on my homepage. I will see you on Friday. Please use the comments box below to send me well-wishes and beg the universe to make me feel better :-)
Yesterday we did a brief activity watching a couple of videos to get you thinking about the way's in which you can start using technology to make an impact in the world!
For all intents and purposes, when I say "our world," at first, I only mean our school. We are going to target all of our current work towards informing and changing the minds of your classmates and teachers. We will expand outwards from there.
Here is what I want you to know right now:
1. You are about to begin making a website that will be visted by hundreds of Camino Nuevo Students and Staff.
2. The purpose of your new website is to report and share your opinions (and the opinions of others) about current and important NEWS that is taking place all around the world. You are now a reporter and an opinion writer!
3. The news you report on should be important! I really don't think it would be a good use of our time and efforts right now to be reporting about Celebrity Gossip and Video Games. Those are entertaining topics, for sure, but those are things you might already be reading and talking about with others. This new website of yours needs to be bigger and more impactful than that.
Today: I want you to visit 3 news websites and record notes about topics that you are interested in reading more about. I have a worksheet on my desk you should walk over and get right now that you will use to write down topics you find that you are interested in. You should actually READ the articles. When you finish reading one you found interesting, write a summary on the worksheet you took from my desk. I included an example of what this should look like on the worksheet. You have until 3:15 to read and write these summaries out. I was only able to fit 4 summary slots on the front of the worksheet. Please flip the page over and write ONE more on the back. NO. YOU CAN NOT WATCH NEWS VIDEOS TODAY. YOU NEED TO READ :-)
Today we are going to begin a project that will last until the end of the semester. We are going to use our powers of web design and content creation to make a difference in the minds of students and staff at Camino Nuevo.. You may have noticed the big red-lettered poster I keep in my classroom.
The meaning of this poster is very powerful. It means: don't just use technology to absorb what others have written or created. We should use technology to create our own content. Find things that are important to us and the world, and raise awareness and start conversations about them.
Today you are going to create a NEW website. One that is DEDICATED to the ideas on my poster. Every time you create a new blog post for your website, it must do one of the blue-lettered tasks (raise awareness, start conversations, etc). The issues you choose to write about will be up to you. However, the issues you write about must be bigger than just things you are interested in. The issues you choose must affect people. You might choose to write a post about the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest. You might choose to write a post about pollution and climate change. Maybe you write about immigration. Again, what ever you choose to write about is up to you.
I have NEVER had students do this EXACT project before, so I don' t have any really good examples for you that have been created in the past. However, I do have examples of student websites in the past. I will show you some today, and guide you through creating your new site.
You will today start to do some research and begin designing your website. Please get ready for me to share my screen with you.
Link to example article