What’s new in the classroom, you might ask? In this year's revamped School Publications class we have made the change to a paperless environment by going completely digital. Instead of paying for a monthly newspaper, we are now entirely internet based, as well as student run. The goal of the School Publications class is twofold: to become better writers and to save the environment. While the school newspaper is a thing of the past (though Mr. Redden does not like the use of the word “thing”), the district web page is experiencing a face lift and we students have some say in the choices that have been made concerning the content of the district website.
During second and eighth hours, the students of the School Publications class have been working very hard to update the school’s webpage. While it takes some getting used to, managing articles online has become an everyday routine. Rather than worrying about out-of-date articles, strict publishing deadlines, and the cost of printing a newspaper every few weeks, we can get the current news to students, parents, faculty, and community members of Brownstown in a timely matter. Although there are only seven students working on the district homepage, we are managing the workload that is being given to us.
In contrast to common belief, we have a voice in what has been happening to the website during these first few weeks of school. By using Google drive we are able to see what other members of the class have chosen to write about and take pictures of. In order to make our picasa web albums, we get to use another feature that Google has to offer, Google plus. When the students of School Publications get together in class we brainstorm article ideas, possible photo albums, and review or edit each other’s articles. Mr. Redden calls this “a collaborative process” and to become better writers we need to work with him and one another.
Regardless of what you might think about a writing class, remember when picking your class schedule next year it’s about you and the classes that are best suited to your abilities. If you are the type of person that likes to use technology to manage a website, take photographs, be creative, or maybe you’re just proud of your journalistic talents, then sign up for School Publications!
by Ashley Holmberg
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