Teaching Examples


Four presentations about journalism education
March 1, 2007, 12:21 am
Filed under: education, journalism, online, teaching

So you’ve been wondering what’s happening? Missing my usually frequent posts in an infrequent week? Well, I’ve been at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla., since Sunday, enjoying a stint as guest faculty at the Convergence for College Educators seminar.

As always when I do some guest presenting, I posted a page of links — and in this case, a PowerPoint presentation too. The PowerPoint is titled “Transforming the Journalism Curriculum,” and you can also view it without downloading it at SlideShare.net.

I will be adding a couple of extra things to the links page over the weekend if I find time.

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For some reason, I got a “500 error” when trying to get the slideshare link.

Comment by Murley

Now and then, SlideShare goes down less than gracefully. But it usually comes back up right quick. It’s a cool service!

Comment by Mindy McAdams

Hey, Mindy — good slides, thanks.

Something that I think would be an interesting experiment is to have students do an assignment covering a story with text, photo, video, and audio using only off-the-shelf equipment — inexpensive pocket digital camera, an iTalk, etc.

I got the idea after hearing Courtney Hollands, formerly of WickedLocal, talk about how when her paper started a videoblog they did the first segments with an expensive high-end rented digital videocamera — and then realized that once they compressed everything they may as well have used a consumer-level camera.

Or — bonus — produce a video/slide segment where the endpoint is a video iPod.

I agree with the recommendation on Audacity. It’s less easy to recommend a basic video editing suite, since there isn’t a cross-platform one. I use Sony VEGAS on a PC. I like it; it’s got pan & scan and decent text element creation.

Comment by Lisa

Hi, Lisa! That’s a perfect idea. I’m all in favor of encouraging students (and working journalists too) to experiment with whatever they have on hand.

Comment by Mindy McAdams

Nice slides Mindy.

I might just send them round to some of my more entrenched colleagues and see if the debate moves on without my face attached to it Oh, and thanks for letting the cat out of the bag about how much time we have learning the technology before we teach the students. : ) Still, it goes to show that if you know what you want to do with the stuff, you can learn how to do, what you want to do, pretty quickly.

I agree with Lisa. low-fi stuff is a great enabler in class. Movie maker and a few mobile phones can work wonders. Key that in with other online resources like Eyeshot or HeyWatch and it’s all there for nearly free.

I think your inclusion of map stuff is also key. Web enabled reporting bookends nicely with the production technology. I’m using stuff like Google Docs to create a shared spreadsheet to get students to collect data on crime in their patch and use Flickr to save pictures of the locations. Add some free google maps and the students have a great headstart.

Comment by Andy

Thanks, Andy! I will check out Eyeshot and HeyWatch. And thanks for mentioning Google Docs — what a great idea for a shared spreadsheet (and FREE too).

Do you know of any good spreadsheet tutorials? We have the NICAR tutorials, but you have to be a member to get those, and I can’t see our students rushing to sign up for membership.

Be sure to look at Atlas, the FREE mapping software. It’s pretty neat!

Comment by Mindy McAdams




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