Neighborhood Activity Update
My two Urban Black Psychology sections have completed the first phase of the Neighborhoods and Community assignment, and I have been very impressed in the quality of their narratives. The first phase involves students reflecting on their communities and writing an essay that addresses the elements of their communities (i.e. housing, types of businesses), the “ethnic features,” the positive and negative aspects, and the things that they would change. Students have addressed the problems of their communities, as well as things that they value. They have already begun to think about just how "stereotypical" their neighborhoods are (relative to other urban communities). This week students should be filming their 3-minute videos of their neighborhood so that they may be viewed by one another. Right now I am a struggling a bit deciding where they should upload their videos, because I haven’t identified the best platform. You Tube? Wiggio? Vimeo? I have been researching the different platforms for more than a week and am frustrated in the lack of ease of use of some of them. The goal is for the videos to be uploaded by the weekend so that students may choose up to five to review and reflect on by early next week. Between the two classes, there will be some 40 videos to choose from. I would like to load them by borough so that students can by areas. I am trying to simplify this as much as possible, but am feeling challenged. If anyone has any thoughts, I will happily accept recommendations.