[Edprof] collaborative learning for editing
LJThornton at aol.com
LJThornton at aol.com
Thu Aug 30 09:42:02 PDT 2007
We're working on a collaborative project now (classes start early in
Arizona) where students illustrate an AP "problem" and solution in a Soundslides
format using images, text, sound, etc. Here's a forerunner to the idea:
(http://cronkitezine.asu.edu/spring2007/Soundslides/Ryan/index.html) (You may have to "pause"
at the "answer" slides -- timing issues.)
In this project, which was done by one person last semester, errors in song
lyrics are demonstrated. In class, he used it as a guessing game. (As part of
a review of an editing book, students had to create a five-minute quiz or
exercise inspired by the book and then give it to the class.) I began teaching
Soundslides last year as a way to work with narrative cutlines, expand skill
sets and encourage visual editing.
You could have them work in teams or as individuals with a common theme.
Leslie-Jean Thornton, Ph.D.
Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
In a message dated 8/30/2007 8:55:24 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
carlab at nytimes.com writes:
I totally agree that it can be difficult to keep students engaged in editing
classes. After seeing too many people doze off while I covered things in the
AP Stylebook, I adapted an idea from a colleague at Columbia: the stylebook
"bible study." Each student in the class was assigned a letter of the
alphabet. Then each individual had to choose an entry from his or her section and
present it to the class. The student was not allowed to just read the entry,
instead he or she had to make it part of his or her soul. They were encouraged
to be creative. Some created poems to help as reminders. The day we
presented the stylebook entries every student was fully engaged and at the very least
each student was guaranteed to remember one stylebook item.
I did a similar thing when trying to train them to sharpen their eyes for
editing. Each student had to find three errors in the paper or in a magazine
and bring them in to present to the class. You can even have the class vote on
the "best catch."
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