Speech: Communicating in the Digital Age (Grades 8-12)
at Home Run Ministries 2014-2015
Teacher: Mrs. Giselle Ates, RN
Text: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie
Objectives: Students will practice communication skills including sending emails, leading groups, presenting oral reports, evaluating and making videos, websites, and blogs, and creating, using, and posting on various digital communication accounts, apps, and social networks.
Class Dates & Times: Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30
Holidays: Thanksgiving: Nov. 24-28; Christmas/Winter Break: Dec. 17, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014;
Spring Break: March 9-13; Easter Monday: April 6
To receive grades for some of the digital communication projects, students must create a few free digital accounts, participate in the 8s HRM Facebook Group, and send emails and friend requests using their accounts. They may use their real name or create a pseudonym that they consistently use for the class.
Inappropriate conduct or communication using any digital medium will receive one warning; repeated violations will result in an automatic 0 for the course.
Do NOT use any copyrighted material in videos, posts, or on website.
All four categories below will be averaged together to create midterm and semester grades.
Late work will lose 10 points per class. (If you know you will be absent, turn it in early.)
Types of Grades:
1. Weekly Worksheets and Quizzes will be averaged to comprise 1/4 of grade. Worksheets are open book and must be completed independently before class. Quizzes cover handouts and discussions.
2. Weekly Independent Digital Communication Projects (DCPs) comprise 1/4 of grade. These projects include written evaluations with oral presentations about what they read, watched, or completed; most of these require eight sentences summarizing the activity and providing opinions about it, and reactions to it. Some DCPs will require using free computer and mobile apps like Penzu, Vine, and My Fitness Pal, social media like YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr, as well as emailing or commenting online. Students will need their own email and a mobile device (smart phone, tablet, or laptop) in class and at home.
3. Team Communication Projects (TCP): Two team projects project per semester will comprise 1/4 of grade. Students will work with team members creating unique videos that demonstrate their creativity, leadership, communication, and team-building skills; they will have 20 minutes during most classes to work on these projects. All videos must follow the guidelines in “The Do’s & Don’ts of Making Videos.” All videos must be posted on the 8s HR Facebook page, YouTube, and personal websites. Students will evaluate their own work as well as the work of their team members and the other teams’ videos. Consent forms must be filled out by every person depicted or mentioned on videos.
Video 1: a 1-2 minute video introducing yourself
Video 2: a 2-3 minute persuasive video
Video 3: a 3-4 minute creative video; this may be funny or dramatic; it may feature pets, pranks, hidden cameras, skits, or music
Video 4: a 4-5 minute educational video; this must teach something—either demonstrating how to do or make something, or providing beneficial information using visual aids
4. Exams: Midterms, Finals, and Website (and book) scores are averaged to comprise 1/4 of grade. Midterms and final exams are comprehensive. Students will create a website and add pages, blogs, videos, pictures, and other content throughout the year; they will have 20 minutes during most classes to work on these and receive help as needed. Optional: some students may choose to create and publish an e-book in addition to their website.