Project 3: "School Newspaper On-line"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Rosemary Foley
(rtfoley@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: St. Stephen's Elementary
P.O. Box 5300
Stephenville, NF
A2N 3M8
Tel: (709) 643-2927
Fax: (709) 643-6120
Grade Level: 4, 5, and 6
Project Start and Finish Dates: January to June, 1998

  Project Overview

For the past few years our students have produced a school newspaper, complete with pictures, which has been printed by the Western Star. If we get Stellar School status, the students will be able to put the newspaper on-line. Ms. Foley has both the newspaper and the computer experience to make this a very successful learning experience.

  Curriculum Connections

Learning Outcomes:

Language Arts:

  • Newspaper quality writing will be taught and expected, and creativeness is encouraged. Students will conduct interviews, and read other newspapers to learn the types of items, columns and pages that they wish to include. They will have to evaluate items to see which ones they want to use, and they will have to edit, using such things as the spellcheck and language textbooks.

Technology:

  • Use of Computer, Internet, scanner, digital camera, newspaper layout, keyboarding, tape recorder, and light table.

Mathematics:

  • Precise measurement of columns, word counts, picture sizes.

  Resource Connections

Producing a professional quality newspaper require more than a passing acquaintanceship with all the technology involved. The students will have to be precise and through in enhancing photos, tailoring text to fit certain spaces, using the scanner, and posting the material. The experience will greatly add to their technological knowledge and capabilities.

  Evaluation

The most obvious evaluation will be by the readers of the newspaper. If the job is well done, the paper will be enjoyed and praised by the readers.

The students who participate will show increased awareness of the power of language to tell stories, sell products, make a point, and persuade people of your point of view. This will be evident in their use of language in all subjects.

Teachers will witness more willingness and readiness to use technology in other subjects and projects.

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