Social Journalism in Primary School
I REALLY HOPE our creative five year old (in the photo) continues developing her skills in social journalism. She's a real storyteller who deserves a channel to an audience.
I might help a local primary school develop such a channel next month but I'd like the project to be measured by the outflow of content that it sends to the touchscreen newsfeeds of parents, teachers and relatives. Our kitchen table and sitting room floor is filled with clever and playful content that would bring smiles to Mia's grandmothers. When that content is viewed as part of a larger aggregate, it becomes a megaphone for joy.
I want to enable young primary school students, some who cannot read, to share observations about their world. And I want their friends, some living eight time zones away, to respond to those observations in social channels. I want to empower young students to record and share short video clips that capture discovery and creativity. And I want teachers on other continents to sit up and notice the energy I've seen with the young and Irish in my life.
I'm starting some of the adventure in an educasting channel. You're welcome to listen or to subscribe at http://audioboo.fm/channels/642468.rss and learn how we used the Xoom to snap Mia in action.