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Reports, Commentary & Creativity from Eastside Media Arts Students

Post Election Podcast

Election 2016 has been one for the history books indeed. In the news business it has been what we call a water cooler Topic, meaning something people stand around the water cooler in the break room and talk and debate about.

It has been very interesting as an adult to see the immense amount of interest among teenagers throughout the entire election. The day after the election was no different.

My PM media arts students created this Podcast to discuss their feelings after Donald Trump was elected as our next POTUS.

Challenge Accepted. Say More with Less.


Saying more with less is either harder or easier depending upon how you approach it.  In some ways, I think it is harder to say something extra powerful in just six words.  For famed author, Ernest Hemingway, it was a sad tale. So few word, such a sad story.

What I love about this concept is how addictive it is. Once you get started, it’s almost like a game to say something so deep or wildly funny in just six words.  I challenge everyone to do your best. Look at this not just as another assignment, but as something to tackle like a great puzzle.

Just like slogans, a six word thought that’s really good has longevity, standing the test of time. New York Yankee’s legend Yogi Berra probably didn’t mean to create a six word story when he said “It ain’t over til it’s over”, but it has come to be said time and again with a deep meaning.

Take the challenge. Say more with less. Who can come up with  THE most memorable Six Word Story?

If you missed our in class introduction or would like to go back and watch it again, here are the links:

Smith 6 Word Memoir Ted Talk

Try a Video Blog aka VLOG!

“Expert” tips from Mario and Fava the groundhog.  Their lesson may be more  entertaining than mine!

Join the Conversation!

With the new year has come new visitors to our Get Connected blog.  The comments we have received have been refreshing and engaging which is what a blog should be about! Sharing thoughts, ideas, and creating an engaging conversation.


As our Media Arts students launch their new Blogs this week, we invite all of our new visitors to keep coming back to explore all the new sites being added to the AM and PM drop down menus.

There should be something of interest for everyone if you just browse through the sites.  Some of our students have tried blogging before, while others are trying it for the first time. Either way, it promises to be a fun adventure that will only get better with time.

Again, I thank you new visitors for checking out our site. It is so exciting to read feedback from a real audience outside our own classroom.

And if you didn’t already know, we have an open invitation for “Guest Bloggers”. If you would like to write a blog entry about something in your class or any other fun musings, submit it to me and we can add it to the Everything Eastside page.  Try it! you might like it.

~Ms. Rauch

Creative Commons Easy Search

In my endless search to find creative commons/copyright free sources I just stumbled across another. This website makes it about as easy as it gets. Simply put your keyword in a search box and Wa-La, multiple images that have already been filtered for your legal use.

Free and Clear Images to Use!

Everyone Does it. Why Can’t I?

Copyright law and fair use is not an easy subject to understand. Even the legal experts will tell you there are some grey areas. We’ve talked about it in class, but here is a quick go to guide covering the basics you need to know as you begin your on-line multimedia blog posts.

Check out this link of resources to find images and music that are available for use in your student productions.  The easiest way to get around all this confusion is to always create your own photos for use in your stories. As for music, well, not all of us have the talent to compose our own music so you may find more uses for these resources. But keep in mind we have talented composers among us, so perhaps with a little urging and agreeing to credit your source, a classmate may compose music to your specifications.

Copyright Free Resources

Enjoy your storytelling journey!

Graduation Speech: In Just Six Words

Remember our Six Word Story assignment at the beginning of the year? Here is a challenge. If you were asked to give a memorable graduation speech and tell it in just six words, what would you say?

Ready? Go! Comment below.

If you love what you come up with, enter it in the Smith Six Word Contest.


Best Advice for Life

This morning over coffee I was talking with students about schedules, pros and cons of taking AP classes and lo and behold in my inbox this great article .

25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25

There are many benefits to the classes we all take in school. Knowledge is indeed power and it enriches our lives, but as you will find it’s good ol common sense, courtesy, and practical knowledge that gets you through life.  Of the 25 on this list here are my favorite words to live by:

#25 I STILL struggle with this one. I do not know why, but to this day always have to spell check it. Since it’s on the list makes me feel better that it must be a tough one for more people than me.

#21 Yes! Constructive criticism is meant to help, not hurt. Take it and use it.

#19 Double, triple Yes! When someone takes the time to give of THEIR time, show a little respect. Pay attention. Save multi-tasking for your time alone.

#14 Always find time for things that you enjoy like hobbies and interests. It makes life a lot more fun.

#13 The Thank You note has sadly become a lost art. My mother got me writing thank you notes as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil in my hand.  Thank you notes take so little time, but mean a lot to the recipient. Especially when it comes to receiving gifts, a thank you note not only acknowledges receipt of the gift, but shows appreciation. I can not over stress the value of a thank you note. Also, send one after you have JOB INTERVIEWS…. BELIEVE ME, you will stand out as a star among other applicants if you follow up your interview with a thank you note. Highly memorable.

#12 Always. Period. always ask. Worst they can say is no., but the up side, more money!

#9 True.

#2 Doing nothing and watching life pass you by has a guaranteed outcome. Take risks, try new things. Be a life-learner. It makes the journey more fun.

Big Lex Scavenger Hunt

Still looking for an idea for your documentary or one of your last SNO stories? How about embarking on the Lexington Visitors Center Big Lex Scavenger Hunt?

Read all about it here. Get the cutout and set out to discover Lexington, win a prize and document your journey in photos and video! Win! Win! Win! Looks fun.

Big Lex Scavenger Huntbl

Ideal Jobs: Meet Your Match

What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you hate that question? Does it put you on the spot and leave you dazed and confused?  You are not alone.

You may have heard the saying that if you find something you love and make it your career you will never work a day in your life.  A great way to start getting a sense of what career may match your interests is taking a short interest survey. Ones like this put you in a couple categories based on what you like. Within each of those categories are suggested careers.

Click on the purple “I want to be” to get to the page to start the interest inventory survey.

NYT: Interest Survey

My interest categories are Artistic and Social which my past career in television and my new career as a teacher fall into.  Take the survey.  Tell  us what your interest category is in the comments.

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