News, Views, and You
Issues in the news concern us.
Is there something we can do?
News: What’s new?
Views: What are yours? What are your peers?
You: What is your voice? What avatar will represent your digital signature?
Question the News
What’s going on in the world? our State? our Town? our Community?
What have you heard or read about?
What are you concerned about, interested in, or wondering about?
What are your peers considering?
With a concern you have, what do wonder? — need more information? wonder what happened next? looking for a solution?
Survey the news stories here (links below), searching for news of interest, concern, or wonder to you. Add 2-5 to our padlet (left side).
As you read the padlet, write your code name on the events of interest to you so you can form a team that considers its chosen issue.
With your team, read the news events you have chosen.
What do wonder? — need more information? wonder what happened next? looking for a solution?
Read and discuss together in class.
Start a document (wiki page, google doc, padlet) on which to discuss.
Include in your discussion/notes:
What are the views of others in the community or world about this event/issue?
What do you think about the event/issue?
What do your peers think?
Create Your Views
What did you consider? discover? decide?
How did you reconcile your ideas, your peers ideas, and those of others?
What do you consider most important to the issue/event — its effect, a solution, a suggestion, more research?
Think how to explain your new ideas, suggestions, or solutions on this issue/event to others.
Create your analysis and share your link on the padlet (right side).
Options to Publish:
Google presentation, document, drawing
Wiki page with information, graphics, etc.
Comic (we use BitStrips) of analysis
Video Discussion with peers
Include in your presentation:
Explain your new ideas, suggestions, or solutions on this issue/event to others.
Choose a format (see options) and texts (text, video, graphics, images, diagrams, charts, etc.) that best explain your message.
If you have a solution to the issue, make it a call to action — emphasize it.
Be sure your voice is heard through your message. Include an avatar in your creation so each member of your team includes a distinct component, using your avatars as signatures to that component.
Creating an Avatar:
Since we do not identify ourselves with a photo, and we still want a PICTURE that represents who we are, we create an image that represents us, and “avatar.” You may have avatars in Facebook and, of course, you have them when leaving comments on blogs. You see them when you make comments and the blog you are visiting chooses one for you. Please consider our expectations as citizens in the public venue: use our netiquette guidelines. Avatars are a representation of yourself. Check out this post about avatars.
Create an avatar to represent your online identity, remembering that you are creating a positive digital footprint.
Use one of the websites below. Most important is remember to save as a jpeg file if using Edublogs.
You will need to know how to take a screenshot and resize your image. [Change the largest number height or width to 97 pixels per inch.] For help, click here.
To make an avatar, choose a link below,
Help: If your team needs help, let’s meet as a group to discuss your needs early on.
Documentation: Your work should demonstrate your shared purpose, your thoughts on the content, your collaboration, your voice, and an understanding of your audience.
Project: During our initial discussion, we’ll consider timelines, possible options, expectations. During our final discussion, we’ll reflect on our goals, our quality, our next steps. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your individual learning goals and curate your project.