Digital era ushered in in classrooms

2017-03-09 06:00
Learners of the Knysna High School during a group work exercise hosted by WeCan24 while training learners. .

Learners of the Knysna High School during a group work exercise hosted by WeCan24 while training learners. .

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School newspapers in the Western Cape will receive a digital boost in March which will ensure that they can post five-star articles, videos and photographs on an on-line platform that can compare favourably with the best in the country.

Internationally decorated digital school-news network, WeCan24, will train teachers who are the editors-in-chief of school newspapers, free of charge to write for digital audiences.

They will also receive training on how to set up editorial teams that can win trophies, and how to adapt their journalistic skills efficiently for readers of an on-line platform.

The training will be hosted by the WeCan24-team in the Nasdak-venue at the Media24 Centre in Cape Town on the 14th and 15th March from 14:30 to 16:00.

Traditionally, schools’ news platforms were printed papers, but, as is the case with main-stream media, school newspapers have undergone a digital revolution. WeCan24 help those schools to master that digital revolution and to move seamlessly from print newspaper reporting to journalistic voice notes, news articles and videos on an on-line patform.

WeCan24 offers editorial teams of schools the opportunity to post their top-news on the WeCan24 quality on-line platform. Learners can share articles, video’s and voice notes of their school on WeCan24.

“WeCan24 is a safe and funky place where children yield power. Here they can compare their written skills with those of their contemporaries,” said Adrie Jurgensen, project manager of WeCan24 and group manager: community projects of Media24.

A teacher must still be involved by giving learners advice and by posting a school’s news on WeCan24.

While learners are the heartbeat of a school’s editorial teams, the success of a school newspaper or online-platform is still determined by a passionate teacher.

Consequently, teachers or anybody working at a youth organization, is invited to an information session on the WeCan24-platform on Tuesday 14th March and Wednesday 15th March.

It will take place at the Nasdak-venue on the 26th floor of the Media24-centre in Cape Town.

Want hoewel leerlinge die hartklop van ‘n skoolredaksie is, hang die sukses van ‘n skooloerant- of webwerf meestal van ‘n passievolle onderwyser af.

The teachers attending the course will also receive a comprehensive manual to empower their editorial teams.

There is room for 100 course attendants and teachers just need to attend one of the sessions.

“These type of sessions and the ground-breaking leadership on how to effectively utilize the digital platform on WeCan24, may signal the birth of 21st century apprentice-journalists who might develop smartly and become the editors and executive producers of top-platforms within the next 15 years,” Jurgensen said.

Teachers or people who works at the youth organizations and who want to book places for the information- and training session, can contact Gerald Petersen at 021-4062549, or gerald.pietersen1@media24.com.

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