Centre for Educational Multimedia

Digital Newsletters

The Production

The administrative staff are responsible for producing the digital newsletter at CSDE. The newsletter is produced once a month and relies on teachers identifying exemplars of student work and passing this onto the office staff to integrate into the next edition.

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Much of the student's work has already been promoted by teachers in the galleries of their courses in the Virtual Learning Environment used by the school.

If students are doing artwork or a really good piece of writing or something great in science we’ll put that up in the gallery. (Teacher, CSDE)

So the production of the school newsletter involves the exposure of student work to a broader audience than just the class who have already seen the work in the Virtual Learning Environment gallery.

This means the production of the newsletter comes from authentic texts constructed by students as part of their everyday classroom practice. Asking teachers to select these texts and making them available to members of the administrative staff to appears to work well in this school.

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Some teachers commented that their approach to the creation of texts was mainly in the drafts and not the products.

As a teacher, we get far more from that working document than we do from a draft or a finished product. (Teacher, CSDE)

The logical extension of the digital school newsletter would be to not only display finished products but also unpack the student learning that happened in the creation of these texts. Through clever use of multimedia texts, students could comment on the metacognitive aspects of their learning and showcase this process to students and parents reading the newsletter.

This would provide the newsletter with a strong pedagogical foundation as learning through process was privileged rather than just textual products. A focus on the process of text production would provide spaces for students to celebrate their pathways to learning rather than the simply showing off their finished product.