You Can Make It If You Try!
This is indeed the home stretch students and in the tradition of Philly's favorite, Smarty Jones, I expect each and every one of you to cross the finish line victoriously. However, there are several things that you must do to ensure that victory. Below is a sketch of what it will take for ninth grade students at New Media to make it to the winner's circle.
The third and final semester of our Humanities/Technology seminar will consist of a synthesis of Blogger, pbwiki, Flickr, Audacity, Google Docs, Google Reader, jumpcut and eyespot.
All New Media students will be required to work with these tools to produce at least one multiimedia project per week. To accomplish this, you must develop a handful of useful strategies to assist you in gathering and uploading images, recording and editing audio and ultimately produce self-contained multimedia reports that represent the topics we cover over the next two months.
It is imperative that you utilize your class and project time wisely. There should never be a dull moment when a student has nothing to do in the classroom. Your narratives, reflections and dictation transcriptions must be delivered to me via Google Docs. I will not accept any reports that are delivered in any other format.
For the benefit of those student who still are unsure how to use Flickr, Audacity, jumpcut and eyespot, in addition to our normal activities - dictations, video critiques, current events and reflections, next week, I will demonstrate how to best use these dynamic web based applications to ensure that your multimedia reports are as vibrant and sparkling as you intend for them to be.