for the first few weeks, my digital journalism students and i read about and discussed online journalism and the various ethical issues and technical opportunities that surround it.
during the next few weeks, my students - including austin, brigid, emilia, jacob, laura, and miles - began blogging and flickring, recording various events and spaces across the USF campus.
today we began to map our progress.
if you click on the map above, you will be taken to the "real" map (hosted on laura's blog), where each pin can be clicked to find a blog post, flickr set, or other assorted material related to the geographic section of campus.
we're just beginning but already it's offered some excellent learning opportunities.
* by linking to our individual work through the collective blog, students can easily read each others' blog posts and look at each others' flickr sets and hopefully learn from one another. learning happens in many ways but my favorite is when students learn from students.
* it's nothing new for journalism students to think of campus as their "beat" but google maps' visualization of campus, where every building, every field of grass, every tree can be zoomed in and zoomed out, gives students a whole new perspective of the campus they think they know so well.
* the mapping software we are using, atlas, makes collaboration - between students, between classes - extremely easy. what's preventing the students enrolled in my class from working with other USF journalism classes taught by teresa moore and michael robertson?
* this project is totally scalable. today, near the end of class, the students and i were admiring our creation. then i clicked on the toolbar on the left side and began zooming out - first USF, then haight ashbury, then golden gate park, then san francisco, then the bay area. i let that sink in for a bit and then said something like "once we finish USF, let's make our beat golden gate park. and after that, let's make it the city."
i have high hopes for digital journalism in general and my digital journalism students in particular.