Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Finally the first assignments came in which were mock interviews so that the students can get a good feeling for interviewing other people. Creating questions, finding a good location, using the green screen were all features that the students struggled with at times. Editing video on the IPad also was a challenge as lots of students hadn't ever tried editing video before. One of the criteria I assigned was adding in a voice over which many students again had a lot of trouble figuring out how to do it. All of these problems though seemed to figure themselves out as long as I gave them time to play around with it and showed them a few little tips.
The main struggle for the class was teamwork or groupwork. In many cases in my past group work ended up where students either divided up the work or just worked on a whole project together at the same time. Usually one or two members of the group take the lead and organize everyone else and sometimes even just do all the work. With this assignment the students were really dependent on each other and often had no control over the other students. Students said they wanted to film and then struggled to keep the camera still, or the ones who wanted to interview but couldn't remember the questions really started causing problems within the group. At the same time those students who like to take control and just want to do it all, couldn't just do that. We started with defined roles of each group member but then for some groups they couldn't just keep to one role and needed to help out in other areas. Creating this mock interview really created a situation where teams had to learn how to work with different personalities and not just in a superficial way. They successful groups began communicating and compromising; listening and helping to finish the job. Arguments and frustration arose during the assignment but they slowly started building tolerance for each other and began using the skills that each member had.
Our news stories have now been assigned and I decided to keep groups together for one more assignment before I mix them up so that they can show me that they have learned about the people the work with and attempt to make the next assignment run more smoothly.