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June 16 2011


"Flash Mob on South Street" - video games or how to connect kids with news

Niemanlab ::  "Flash Mob on South Street" : Students ranging in age from 9 to 11 years old spent time learning more about these flash mobs, and with the help of their teacher, John Landis, they created video games to tell this story in a way and through a medium that kids can relate to. Youngsters made video games, and educators found that "hands-on activity helped kids to process news reporting. It also gave them ways to tell this story by integrating their perspectives as they aimed it at fresh audiences."

How to connect kids with news - continue to read Renee Hobbs, www.nieman.harvard.edu

November 27 2009


Saving the world is serious fun all over again

Dr. Adrienne Burk convened an amazing conference last month on behalf of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to speak on one of the panels. The conference was called Witnessing the World: New Possibilities for Citizenship and Social Change, and while it was an intimate group, there was a wide range of speakers. The day ranged from discussions about the ancient Greeks’ definitions of witnessing all the way to multimedia presentations about citizen journalism as a tool and technique for progressive social change – some day, I’m going to write more about these presentations but the honest truth is that the ideas presented were so complex that I’m still wrapping my head around them.

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