SchoolNet News Network gives students a chance to share their
ideas on the Internet. On Thursday, July 8th ,Beth Ryan, the
coordinator of SchoolNet News, conducted a seminar called And
Now the News... Journalism in the classroom.
"The goal of SNN is to bring media, journalism and the
Internet into the classroom to teach students communication,
research and analytical skills" Ryan said. SNN is a national
online journalism project, developed by STEM~ Net and sponsored
by Canada's SchoolNet. SNN teaches students how the media works,
and allows students to publish and broadcast their work online.
A new edition of SNN is published each month on the Web. The
site is continually updating their stories, photos, video and
audio segments, and they are always looking for ways to improve
their site, says Ryan
"This is not about the Internet. It is about a new way
of communicating. The Internet is just a tool" says Ryan.
The program motivates students to express themselves to a wider
audience. Students learn to think critically and express their
thoughts in writing. They use technology as a tool for communicating
ideas and news.
One participant of this year's Hook, Line and Net conferenceDebra
Sparkes- Mercer said "I am very interested in bringing this
back to my teachers. I would also love to have Beth Ryan speak
to my school."
On the web site, just look at the In the Classroom section
for ideas on bringing SNN and journalism into the curriculum.
Also if your students would like to have individual attention
from an established journalist, sign them up for SNN's Media
Ryan believes that the SchoolNet News Network can be a valuable
tool for educators. It will capture the students' attention and
engage them in the learning process. It will give students the
skills and knowledge they need to function in a technologically-