A school of global communicators

Not only does our school have a whole new look thanks to extensive renovations, but we are now known as  Oakdale: A School of Global Communicators!  Our entire school is participating in developing their communications skills  and taking up their role in the world community.

As part of this school wide push our experienced reporters are playing the role of mentors to their classmates. They are charged with the mission to help anyone learn to write an article for the Oakdale Eagle by answering the 5 W’s : Who, What, Where, When and Why.

This is also the first issue developed with our new partners, a communications class at the University of Alabama. We had two great students come help our students edit their articles. Also the entire UA class is developing a new look for the Oakdale Eagle because our school is now Oakdale Elementary, a School of Global Communicators.


Getting back into blogging

My, this  has been topsy turvey year and we have had to adapt our journalism program to keep up.

We have new reporters who are just getting starting learning the ins and out of blogging, so for the next few weeks they will be posting their responses to various prompts. They will also have a chance to practice customizing the way their blog looks.

All encouraging comments will be appreciated.

Learning to stay up on current events

This has been an eventful week for our state and our students are trying to keep up with current events by reading our local newspaper, The Tuscaloosa News when we meet in the mornings.  Miss Spencer and I (the co sponsors of the Oakdale Eagle) are encouraging our student reporters to post their own views on events that happen beyond our school community.

Hopefully  followers of our blog will see our student reporters writing more about current events.

Lots of good work today

We got a lot done in journalism in afterschool today. Not only was there writing going on (special shout out to Jayden for his article), but there was also some real progress in peer editing.  Carliyah, Vajayla, Avi’Anna and Kelsey were putting our special editing pencils to good use.

We got our youngest reporter Te’Anna (1st grade) on her blog and we discovered that one of our reporters (Aaliyah) knows a lot more about customizing our blogs than even the teachers . Miss Spencer asked if she would teach all of us so..Next week she (Aaliyah ) is going to do a mini-workshop for us so we can all learn how to do it!

Miss Spencer and I decided that our reporters had so much talent they should teach us more.  We’ve already booked Centurion and Tristan to teach everyone about using online drawing programs two weeks from now.

What is your special talent? Do you think you can teach us?


Experiments in UA

When we went to the UA the photographic people showed us a experiment using light.First,here are the materials that you need : box, tissue paper,flashlight ,and tape those are the materials that you need.Next take the box and cut a hole in the back and square in the front.