In Hallsville High School, one of the teachers, Mr. Proffitt, has taken something we all see during campaign season, and made it a part of his curriculum this year.
Each student group (about 3/group) has chosen a Presidential candidate and one of their scandals or key issues. For example, one group chose Chris Christie and how it was rumored that he spent taxpayer money on food. Another group chose Trump and used his immigration comments.
The students had to create a 30 second rough-sketch of a commercial. Many of them are using clips from speeches or other commentary. They are using Tweets, images, text, or other media, to portray their message.
After their commercial has been approved, most used Adobe Premiere, a video editing program. Students quickly have learned how to navigate the software, asking for help when needed. Some Photoshop was used for creating some, shall we say, interesting images of candidates.
What I really enjoyed about watching this project, was the fact that sophomores in high school were learning who the candidates were, delving into their issues, and finding out how these commercials are so easily manipulated.
My next goal is to try to find an audience of high school social studies students to watch and give feedback on the commercials. I have reached out via Twitter and am hoping for some bites on that.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom