Web Wonder Week #5 - Newspaper clipping
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week he’s experimenting with a very convincing newspaper clipping generator.
Newspaper Clipping is an easy to use tool which allows students to generate their own newspaper stories in a matter of minutes. You can then download the clippings as an image in jpg format.
Here’s how it works: you give your newspaper a name, write a headline for your story and then type in the text of the story. Click on the Generate button and the site automatically creates your clipping.
The end product looks authentic and, as it’s downloadable as a jpg, it can be re-used easily.
How to use Newspaper Clipping in the classroom
1. Get your students to create their own short news article with a headline about what they’ve learnt during your lesson.
2. Ask your class to create news clippings about a particular topic; for example they could write about a specific historical event, save all the individual clippings images and pull them together to create a video.
3. At the beginning of a topic get your class to create a clipping to demonstrate what they know about your new subject.
4. Ask students to create a short news piece about a real event. They can then create a wall display of their work.
If you have a go at using this tool, please leave a comment letting us know how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech