Podcast: Students Speaking Underground

While reading through the weblog of Dan Weinstein, the winner of the Flickr Pro account, I found a post of his encouraging podcasters to try to keep them a bit more concise. I entertain no doubts at all that I tend to ramble on quite a bit, so I decided that I’m going to make an effort to keep this podcast short and to the point. It clocks in at right around 15 minutes, my shortest podcast in quite a while. After getting through a bit of news, I discuss the story out of Pebblebrook High School. The principal there shut down a school newspaper apparently due to the controversial topics being written about, so the students took to the blogs to tell their story.
Enjoy the show!

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Show notes:
Sinister Dexter: My podcast theme is Broadband Connection, by Sinister Dexter. Groove on…
Weblogg-ed: Will’s post on the subject. This is where I first heard about it.
Speaking Underground: The blog that the students have started. You can read their side of the story here.
Pebblebrook High School: The high school at the heart of the controversy. Don’t take my word for it, do your own research!

By | 2005-05-27T11:53:10+00:00 May 27th, 2005|Teach42 Podcasts|1 Comment

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  1. Flint 6/2/2005 at Jun 02, 05 | 4:06 pm

    Steve,

    You said that you would prefer to have these students blogging at the school – essentially in a controlled environment.

    Isn’t that basically what the student were doing with the school newspaper? Writing in a controlled environment?

    While I don’t know much about the story – it sounds like this would be a case of a teacher not exercising proper oversight of the newspaper. So, it’s likely that the same thing would have happened if the students were blogging instead of writing for the school newspaper.

    Also, I think that it’s probably very unlikely that these students will continue to write these stories. If the journalism class has been shut down – as well as the school newspaper – they probably won’t have the opportunities to write. Also – I’m guessing that the stories they were writing about were controversial – but issues that needed to be exposed – such as the case of the principal smoking on school grounds – or something illegal or unethical happening at the school.

    I’d be more concerned about the impact of the teacher on this whole situation. Without really knowing anything about it – I’d wonder why these particular stories were being written about.

    Sometimes I think that there are some people who try too hard to be controversial. There’s only a controversy because they have created one.

    Granted – I don’t know if this is the case here.

    Just my thoughts!

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