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European Newscast

Students will work collaboratively to learn about other cultures through internet research and then produce a newscast


  • To integrate technology classroom lessons and their social studies learning.
  • To learn about other cultures through internet research.
  • To have students work collaboratively and effectively in groups.
  • To understand the basic preparation/production of a newscast.


  • Students were assigned groups and then they chose the European country that they wanted to do a newscast on.
  • Students were given laptops to research their country on-line. Students had to research three topics (weather, current events, on this day in History) and their three chosen topics (Sports, Cultural Holidays/Festivals, Entertainment etc.).
  • Students gathered all of their research and then prepared written news scripts including speaking roles for every group member.
  • We reviewed basic camera work (angles, lighting) with the class. They had learned this in their technology classes.
  • When the scripts were finalized, we filmed and produced the newscast in front of a classroom audience.
  • After the filming we viewed and critiqued the groups overall performance as a class.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SS.A.1.3.2
  • SS.B.1.3.3
  • LA.A.2.3.5
  • LA.B.1.3.1
  • LA.C.3.3.3
  • TH.A.1.3.1
  • TH.B.1.3.1
  • VA.A.1.3.3
  • VA.B.1.3.2

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and software problems that occur during everyday use.
  • Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  • Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and to develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.


  • Laptops
  • Digital Camera
  • Video Projector
  • MS Word
  • MS Powerpoint

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