My 104 seconds of fame
This story aired at 7pm on my local news station, 11Alive:
You can read the full story here: Angry Birds…in the classroom?
It was great fun to spend 90 minutes today working with reporter Matt Pearl who spent a tremendous amount of time interviewing me about how I used Angry Birds in my physics classes.
- Social media is changing local news reporting just like it is changing education. Matt discovered this story from reading one of the many blog posts that picked up the story a few weeks ago, and he was tweeting about it before, during and after the interview.
- Technology is making news reporting one very lean operation—Matt did everything from directing the interview to setting up all the shots and lighting to, I assume later editing and logging the final video and written story for production on both TV and the blog all under a pretty tight deadline. How can we get our students to think in similar ways? Wouldn’t it be cool if students didn’t just write a paper on Hamlet, but instead learned how to turn that paper into a blog entry, and then direct a short staged video interview of Hamlet to understand his psyche?
- In any process like this, I’m always amazed by the amount of work that goes into even the tiniest finished product. Putting together even the shortest video requires a big investment of time and research. This seems like a great lesson for students.
- I’m also struck that the most important part of producing stories like this seems to be the decisions made in editing, something that is often completely neglected in school—and writing blog posts quickly on the fly. 🙂
- Even though I’ve taught a journalism class, I’ve never been the subject of a television interview, and it is fun to see hints of how a story might come together during an interview, and then see how it actually does come together in the end.
- I could really use a nice wireless microphone—those things are sweet, and it would solve all my problems with trying to record my own class, if I could pair it with a good room mic. Suggestions?
Some thank you’s:
- A big thank you to Rhett Allain, who totally inspired me with his original post on Angry Birds.
- Thanks to my School and Director of Communications who did so much to help organize everything during the shoot.
- A HUGE thank you to my in-laws who were willing to babysit my daughter at the last minute today when 11Alive called around 10am to ask me to do the story today.