Combining two of my loves

I love two things in this world. Well, I actually love a lot of things, but for the sake of this blog post, I’m going to narrow it down to two.

Number one, hands-down, is spending time with my family. I have a lot of amazing people I consider family.

The second is my job. I know I sometimes take for granted how lucky I am to have a job I love. To get up every morning at five, get to school at seven and not leave until all tasks are complete, provides a sense of happiness I can’t explain.

Today, I sit in my classroom. The building is totally empty. I’m rocking some sweatpants, no shoes, my space heater pointed directly at my feet. The rain is coming down outside the window in front of me, and I’m getting to use a class I’m taking for journalism to help promote my students’ upcoming show. It’s a pretty perfect day.

This week’s assignment required me to work with interactive tools: a map, poll, and timeline. I was able to use all three as a means of showing the community how hard my kiddos are working towards their performance of Mamma Mia!

The MAP…

I used the map to show businesses we work with every year. I’m loyal to those businesses who treat us well, and I try to work with local businesses as much as possible.


This may be simple, but I have several students who’ve never acted before. This poll is a chance for the community to become familiar with the new actors and support them.


This timeline shows where our season began, featuring some fun photos/videos. They’ve been an awesome group and I’m proud of them.

I had a blast with this assignment, definitely my favorite so far. I can see the wealth of opportunities it will provide my journalists in coverage for their stories. The biggest problem, and something I will need to work on, is the need for several sites to have an account/paid subscription.

The map was a lot of fun to make, and I liked how much personalization Google offered. Viewers can click on each location, see a photo, and read a description. I’m anxious to discuss the possibilities of this tool with my journalists. I went over the three location requirement on this assignment. I took most of the photos myself (six out of the nine), but it was not possible for me to take my own photos of everything.

The timeline took a lot of time to complete, then I realized I needed a subscription if I wanted others to be able to see it. I paid for the smallest subscription possible, and I will see if it’s something we like as an option for the classroom.

Overall, all three tools were fun and easy to create (although time consuming). Simply following the prompts given by each program allowed for easy completion.

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