Mock Election 2016 - Edge Academy @ Essex Middle School w/ Lindsey Halman

Posted by Myles David Jewell

With the 2016 Election taking place on Tuesday November 8th, 2016, past Summer Institute participant and Essex Edge Academy teacher Lindsey Halman ran a Mock Election on Monday, November 7th, and realized what an opportunity it would be to have the students do exit interviews with each other. Some students gathered media for a behind-the-scenes look at the Mock Election, while others asked questions for video Vox Pops.

Using iPads, the students documented each class passing through the polls. As the students filtered out after casting their votes, their peers asked them about their votes and views.

Students uploaded all footage, interviews, and media to Google Drive, allowing them to later access all the media from the day and edit it in different ways into a final product or products.

To help the students in thinking about and editing their projects, I produced this short piece as an example.  

A few days later, I was able to visit again and I went through the editing process of the above short piece. We talked about the pacing, how the questions unraveled, the similarity between answers, and how there are other approaches to what I quickly completed. The students and I then spent some time workshopping their edits. Eventually, we received quite a few edited pieces, including this one below.