A Tale of Two Teachers

In the classroom, no longer are adults the only source of knowledge — and often they aren’t even the best. Now more than ever, kids are taking learning into their own hands.

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Pioneering together

In early 2012, Palmer Trinity School was approached by PlayOn! Sports to partner in its live broadcasting venture. At a growing number of schools, students use PlayOn! Sports to cover competitions, ceremonies, graduations, interviews, and special events. All that’s needed is reliable Internet access, a digital camcorder, a laptop, and a video-capture cord.

Learning together

David loved teaching, but he felt a sense of relief as summer approached. It had been a busy year for him and his journalism class. As part of the School’s efforts to go green and to teach 21st-century skills, students had scrapped the print edition of The Falconer, the campus newspaper, in favor of an all-online format. David tried his best to learn basic code and how to operate Squarespace, the online website builder that powers The Falconer. But he struggled with learning enough about special programming to teach how to make the site user-friendly, and its clunky design left much to be desired.

Creating together

David and Preston then redirected their attention to The Falconer’s redesign. They agreed that the site lacked appeal that made it exciting for users to post and access content. “Students want to post on something that looks cool. Something that’s different. The former iteration of The Falconer wasn’t any of those things. We needed a change,” Preston says. David and Preston developed the basic look and feel of the new website, but they soon discovered that even as a team, they lacked the technical knowledge to continue. They contacted a professional website designer, who built the site with their input.

Inspiring each other

“I got a chance to experience the nitty-gritty of being a journalist while existing in a comfortable learning environment. I felt that it was acceptable to make mistakes — which I did,” Preston says. “David and I were able to make learning through failure an invaluable component of our growth.”

Reflecting together

Preston and David continue to support one another’s personal endeavors. Now that Preston has graduated, they consider themselves close colleagues. As a final project together before Preston moved on to college, they wanted to reflect on their colearning experience. David says, “I will miss Preston’s presence in the newsroom, but I know that he will accomplish great things.”

A high school history and journalism teacher from Massachusetts.

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