Multimedia & Social Innovation
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Introduction for teachers

The Multimedia module encourages students to explore topics close to them using multimedia as a tool to promote their message.

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Our new format:

We have prepared this years resources on the presumption that we won’t be able to visit schools and vice versa for the foreseeable future. With that said, if circumstances change the programme is flexible enough to incorporate visits.

Instead we have provided slides to be used in class with notes to allow the teacher to help students develop and film their ideas.

Each module takes a similar approach. The initial slides begin with a question for students to answer followed by suggested answers. 

Then a structured activity is introduced for students to introduce them to the modules concept.

Next the students will be asked to work on their own idea.

Finally the students will briefly create a video of one of themselves talking to the camera as a means of reflection and later to be used as content for editing.

As much as possible we have eliminated handouts and students will only need pen and paper to complete many of the activities.

Please feel free to modify slides as you see fit and if you have any suggestions we would love to hear from you.

 

How do the slides work?

 

We suggest you look over the slides before the class. Below the slides are notes for whoever delivers the class. In presentation mode the slide are designed so a question appears and the answers don’t appear until you click again to allow students to lead the conversations.

You are welcome to edit the slides, to do so please make a copy and use that.

 

What about social distancing?

 

Although students should still work in groups in general by appointing one note taker etc. they should be able to maintain the appropriate distance during all activities and classes. We also understand that filming etc could be difficult but we hope to offer enough solutions throughout the course.

 

What about equipment?

 

We have 30 laptops, 8 cameras and tripods and 4 microphones available for use. We will deliver and collect all the equipment and disinfect it thoroughly between groups. To borrow the equipment please email, aidan.odriscoll@dcu.ie and we will also provide you with instructions on how to use the equipment. We would ask that if possible you would keep the equipment for no longer than a week but longer loans are possible. 

 

How will teachers/students interact with DCU?

For the time being DCU is unable to host tours. If circumstances change we are ready and willing to host students. We are also available to deliver in school workshops and classes depending on school rules. 

In the meantime feedback will be given over email . We’ve set up an email account, schoolsprog@dcu.ie , where students can email any questions to us or just their work in progress and we will get back to them as soon as possible. In this way we hope to use the time we usually spend in person to help guide projects remotely. We will check the email everyday and with the help of DCU students we will aim to provide feedback in two days at most.

Finally we have included an optional question and answers session in both programmes, where students can take part in a presentation/questions and answers session with DCU students to learn more about communications, careers in communications and studying in university.

 

Will there be an awards ceremony?

 

Yes, we have scheduled an Awards ceremony for April 27th 2021. If we are unable to host the event we will look into online alternatives. It is also our hope that each class that took part will visit, meet with students, see the campus and have a chance to showcase their work in the new year or sooner.

 

Further questions

Above all we are available by email at aidan.odriscoll@dcu.ie or 0874635723 if you have any questions or suggestions.