Even later than last time, on Epic Blog Post News: The Epic Reveal of the Feature Article has come! Come see it in your local computer or device today! Today, one of the authors of the Feature Article Safe and Secure reveals the whole story… In a Rated G Blog post!
So, I agreed to reveal the ultimate secrets of our Feature Article for the fame and publicity- I mean so everyone can understand. I had a co-author but I did most of the work (OK, maybe I didn’t, but I definitely did my share) and won’t reveal the name of my partner because I’m nice that way.
First, we had to pick a topic. Which is hard, because with me, I can’t really make a decision but I don’t regret our choice at all. I picked School Security but my partner was overreacting that I couldn’t make a decision. Eventually I think she was just so tired that she agreed without really paying attention.
Next, we got this poster board and stuck post-its on it to begin planning, which took a bit but we did it and things were looking up so far. After that, we planned our article on a Google Slides, the same one that we have today, and you will see it at the end of the post. Anyways, we put shapes for different paragraphs and red rectangles for features like pictures or pie charts. This was simple and good because it relaxed my brain for a bit.
Then, we had to begin our research. We tried to look for documents with standards for New York State security but found about nothing. We conducted an interview with Mr. Graham, and got a lot of good information. We still had some questions after that, so we asked Ms. Keane some of our other questions. She was also really helpful. We had enough information to write an article. We also sent out a survey using Google Form to see how students felt about security.
We began writing intros, and we wrote 3 and decided to combine aspects from all 3 to make one intro, and we also looked at real feature articles to look at the intros and to help us know how we should write it, to hook all you readers. Then, we actually did the writing itself. We originally wrote the paragraphs in a Google Doc, but then we copy and pasted it into the slideshow. The font we used in the actual article is called Georgia, in case you were wondering. We were the first group to finish but we didn’t rush either, and we also included some of our information in the surveys that we used and made them into pie charts. The writing was finally over.
Our next assignment was to make a podcast, basically reading an intro and outro for our podcast and reading out the article. It was fun, but kind of simple. We had been practicing reading out loud things previously to prepare ourselves, and it was really easy for me. We got microphones from Mr. Casal (our computer teacher) and those soundproof boxes to put them in, and recorded soundlessly. The last two or three paragraphs I did were out in the open, but the audio in the background wasn’t too bad. Now, we’re giving up our secrets to the world. I’ll include another copy of Safe and Secure in this, and possibly the podcast.
Peace from the other side of the screen,