Our students have produced a Daily Announcements show for about 3-4 years now. It was a transformation from over the intercom announcements from adults with some student cameos to what it is today:
This year has presented an issue though, this year the time that was built into the schedule previously (for announcements to be played) was taken away.
In an effort to solve the missing time slot and need for announcements our principal decided to take some time while students are filtering into the class before their first hour to show them.
This adjustment never took. In years past we would average 40-45 views of the announcements by the end of the day. This year we've averaged about 16 a day.
So today, I asked the producers of the announcements: "What solutions can you come up with, to ensure that kids are getting the information they need?"
Solution 1: Live stream the announcements and force projectors and computers to come on.
Not quite feasible with our equipment, but I liked the thought process and discussion that brought these ideas up. The kids were sharing their experiences from visiting other schools and a few shared how t was done at their Elementary schools.
Solution 2: Announce via the intercom it's time to watch the announcements, as a reminder to put it on.
A great and easy idea to implement, I'll give it a try and see how it goes.
Solution 3: Use the various Social media tools we have to ensure that the information the kids need is getting to them.
A great back up in order to achieve the goal of informing the kids of important info that they need as well as connecting with them in the places they already use on a daily basis.
So we've 2 solutions we can implement starting tomorrow, and one we can investigate further, especially if the first two do not solve our problem.
I'm always impressed with their perseverance, determination, and always seeking solutions instead of wallowing in the uncontrollable.