When speaking with today’s youth many children do not have the communications skills needed to be successful in today’s society. The goal for this grant is to help improve students’ communication skills in order to help further their education. In order to better the students’ communication skills a weekly news crew will be established within my classroom. The students will be asked to speak about the important topics happening around them; this newscast will be videoed using equipment purchased by this grant.
The completed video will then be uploaded on our schools website upon receiving permission from parents. Before filming begins, the students will need to practice communicating with one another to ensure they are using correct vocabulary and grammar needed to sound professional and prepared. The students will also need to be sure and do their research to ensure all of their news is up to date and accurate.
Students will also be asked to fill out an application and “interview” for the newscast position; this will also be a way to teach the students communications skills. The money from the grant will be used to purchase 3 iPads, a green screen and frame, tripods for the iPads, an app, 2 microphones and lighting. I would like to use other teachers to collaborate with me to ensure the newscast is a success, and my hope is that other teachers will want to try and incorporate newscasts into their classrooms as well. By the end of this school year I want my students communication skills to be improved and I hope to see the evidence on the end of the year iReady assessment.