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Keywords: webcam, news, announcements, create, read,
Subject(s): Video, Technology, Writing, Reading, Information Skills, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Journalism
Grades 3 through 12
School: Pine View Middle School, Covington, LA
Planned By: Jodi Hernandez
Original Author: Jodi Hernandez, Covington
Students will synthesize information to create daily or weekly announcements for school or class.

~ Classroom computer
~ Webcam
~ NewsMaker Software
~ Headphones with microphone (optional)
~ Website to broadcast video

1. Students must first be taught about plagarism and properly citing sources of information.
2. Instruct students on how to use NewsMaker software, including writing the script and settings.
3. Allow each student to practice using the software and webcam in order to familiarize them before they must create an announcement. Create a rotation schedule for students responsible for announcements.
4. Depending on information normally broadcast during announcements, teach students how to find information needed for announcements. For example, our school sometimes announces "This Day in History". Teach students how to locate information and give credit to person or group responsible for information.
5. Create announcement and allow students to critique movie in order to improve in the future.
6. Upload video to school or class website and publicize link.

ISTE's Educational Standards for Students Addressed:
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Procedures for using webcams and posting announcements will vary by school district and individual school. Adhere to local policies and obtain permission from administration before proceeding. I also recommended to creating permission slips for parents and require them to be signed before allowing student to work on announcements that will be broadcast.
Every time announcement is created, discuss ways to improve announcements, including adding more special effects.
Links: Technology Standards
Materials: Video Cameras, English/Language Arts
Other Items: 1 Logitech webcam C500, $50 each, total of $50.00
1 NewsMaker Software, $varies each
1 Headset, $30 each, total of $30.00
1 Class computer