Friday, September 26, 2008


Fifty People, One Question: Restored from Benjamin Reece on Vimeo.
September 26, 1008~ Perusing my reader I came across this interesting video on Libraries & Life a blog by Dr. Curtis Rogers. It was originally posted on vimeo by Benajamin Reece (the creator of the clip). What would you ask for? It does make you think..we have all had those discussions before about "What do you want out of life?" or "What is my purpose" but what about today?? What do you really want to happen today?

Now the teacher/technology coach mode kicks in..what about replicating this type of activity with middle schoolers? What would the outcome be?? Would they ask for something different? I will add this to my wish-list of things I would like to do with students and hopefully it will come to fruition.

However, for today, I want...success..I want all the students at my middle school to experience one moment of success in their life. This is what I want for today!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Morning Announcements

September 16, 2008~We have officially begun our journey with a morning announcement team. Our goal is to be the morning news crew but we are taking it in small steps. The students met today and brainstormed on what a morning news program look like in a middle school setting. Ultimately, they would like to enlist everything but perhaps it is easiest to start slow and work up. Currently, the announcements are made via the paging system. The announcement team will continue using the paging system until the news program is up and ready. It will be a "live to tape" program, with taping on the day before. Our media center specialist has been wonderful in partnering with us and is going to share with the team the "how~-to's" on broadcasting out to the entire school. As of right now..students will be using Microsoft PowerPoint, a Logitech Web-cam and microphone to get the project running.

If you have a news program in your school, do not hesitate to contact me and share some insight. We are in a learn as you go situation and would love to hear some words of wisdom as we embark on our new journey!