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701 West McCabe Road
El Centro, CA 92243
The activity involves development of a digital yearbook by 8th-grade students for a school with approximately 540 students. Students apply to the project and are selected based on their ability to work in a group‚ learn new material‚ interact with adults‚ potential to lead‚ and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner with minimum supervision. Students are expected to learn new software programs and to become familiar with the various processes used to create digital publications. The yearbook is a photo account of the year's events augmented by written descriptions or short essays.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 11
Range of Student Ages: Thirteen to fourteen years old
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: No
What is the academic content of this activity?
In math‚ students learn about photo pixel density and acceptable publication densities. Scanners‚ digital cameras‚ and other methods of receiving digital imagery are often not equal or understood by the end user and must be converted to be considered compatible with high-end publication printers. Students must also be familiar with other units of measurement such as picas and points. In literacy‚ students write about events covered in the yearbook.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Students involved are expected to create a product representing the students‚ staff‚ volunteers‚ and school activities of McCabe that will be well received in the community. Participating students are also expected to meet deadlines and to contribute to the success of the publication. Students work closely with adult staff and are given assignments that they are expected to complete with little or no supervision. The common goal of the group fosters the development of strong relationships between all those involved.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
The entire layout‚ its order of presentation‚ the evaluation of potential material to be included and the way events are covered are primarily left to the discretion of the student team assigned to the project. Students are assigned various categories to cover and report on through photo journalism.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Student leaders monitor the pace and development of the yearbook and provide guidance when appropriate. All students involved are expected to work closely with staff members while covering events that chronicle the history of the school year. Students are encouraged to make and defend decisions which they feel will appropriately impact the school's yearbook publication.