Sunday, September 13, 2009

We Interrupt This Blog for This Public Service Announcement

crossposted @ Mrs. Kolbert’s Class Blog

In class we are studying hurricanes and my students will begin to create preparedness brochures and Public Service Announcements. I think it will be a great learning opportunity for them to condense all they've learned and prepare a few points to share and help others. I'm not sure how familiar they are with PSAs but they most likely will have seen a Safety on the Internet PSA while watching TV. When I was really young, I can remember watching Smokey The Bear tell me that --only "I" could prevent forest fires.-- That PSA actually had the unintended consequences of making me feel guilty because I wasn't in the forest and I wondered who would prevent them if I wasn't there.

After we spend a few minutes discussing what a PSA is, the students will be divided into small groups, storyboard their ideas, write a brief script and shoot their videos. I own two Flipcams and have asked my students' parents if they have any they'd be willing to loan us for the project. At some point, I hope to raise some money to buy 5 or 6 for the classroom to do projects such as this.

Below is a PSA some of us might remember. Do you know of any PSAs and if so, what did you learn from them?


MrsE said...

PSAs are a great project for students. I bookmarked a couple of resources you may not have seen:
and from Kathy Schrock (you probably have seen this page)
and the top ten from Time (not sure what grade your students are so some of these may not be appropriate),28804,1920454_1920455,00.html

Erica Fritsche said...

This sounds like a great idea. I work in a school with limited funding and was wondering how you plan to raise the money for the flip cams. These seem like a great tool- light weight and easy for the kids to use.