With their phones and our paper, Marshall Middle students make the news
With a phone camera, Marshall Middle School student Larissa James-Labranche films Aidan Siler's sports news broadcast for a project. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
When a middle school English teacher wanted tools for a memorable lesson, she reached for mobile devices and a month's worth of Fauquier Times editions.
Recently, Rebecca Burtram's English students took on the roles of budding reporters, filming broadcast news segments drawn from articles written in the Fauquier Times.
The idea, Burtram said, was to introduce her students to research and interpretation. Different people can watch the same event and come to different conclusions about it, she said.
She wanted to show her students how a presenter's beliefs can affect what information they present – or how they present it.
For research material, Burtram said she chose the Fauquier Times because it was both relevant and readily available.
“It's fun for them because it actually means something to them,” Burtram said. “They're learning about stories about the world they live in.”
Over the past few weeks, they learned about businesses growing and changing in Fauquier County. They followed sports news – and stories about the school board's decision to allow mobile devices in public schools.
For the complete article, and an in-depth look at Fauquier Schools' new mobile device policy, read the Wednesday, Oct. 2 edition of the Fauquier Times.
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