Here are Some Assignment Options for Broadcast Students in Distance/Online Learning Environments

As many schools and districts move to an e-learning format, this leaves production-based classes without their studios, equipment, and software. This doesn’t mean learning stops. The key is to give students options. 

Continue telling stories

Of course, we want students to report the events around them. They can do this on their devices and post to their social media accounts. They can edit on their phones or online using software like WeVideo. A student can tag the teacher in all of his or her posts for their grade. In an ideal world, our students will want to continue producing.

BUT…not all students have the same drive or family support. This is where flexibility and other assignments come to play. 

  1. Ask students to be “the judge.” Give students links to examples of scholastic journalism and ask them to evaluate the pieces. Some examples of scholastic journalism can be found on the NSPA website. You can assign individual contest entries or Pacemaker winners. You can give a student any prompt, but I ask my students to give specific strengths and weaknesses and then ask them to evaluate how they can apply what they viewed to their own work using this form.
  2. I ask students to view a local news report and deconstruct what they viewed using this form. You can assign specific videos or even CNN-10. This is a basic recall activity, but it gets students consuming media and evaluating how they can apply what they see to their own work. 
  3. Get students to plan, shoot, and edit a 6 shot, 6 word story. Don Goble has tons of resources on how to create one. They are quick and easy. Students will be able to be creative and still practice some basics of media production.

A.J. Chambers

Andrew "A.J." Chambers, CJE, is the Convergence Media director at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC. He is the RNE-TV Live broadcast and The Saber online adviser. He has been teaching for 13 years and is a National Board Certified educator in Arts and Communications. He serves on the board of the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association and Southern Interscholastic Press Association. He is a JEA mentor and SC mentor. He was named the 2019 JEA Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Adviser of the Year and a 2016 JEA Special Recognition Broadcast Journalism Adviser of the year. His goal is to guide students toward their individualized path of storytelling.

A.J. Chambers has 1 posts and counting. See all posts by A.J. Chambers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.