media literacy grows through middle school video in brooklyn.

 

For our Spring 2009 session at PS 32 with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) "a social service and youth development agency serving vulnerable New York City children and families", we continued our production work with a new group of kids who brought their own ideas and excitement to the video making process. Along side the GSS staff and the students, we scripted, planned, videotaped, and edited a video on the themes of "growth" and "identity" for their end of the year performance, "Grow Mania".

Special thanks to TMS Interns Caitlin Nagle and Kate Rosenbloom, Ed.M. candidates at Columbia Teachers College Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education (more on them soon...), as well as local documentary filmmakers Jacqueline Arias, and Jason Hutt, and GSS's own Rodolfo Mills for sharing your time and knowledge to your collaboration with students!

the details

Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a "A social service and youth development agency serving vulnerable New York City children and families". In the Spring of 2007, we began working in their afterschool program and summer camps at PS 32 in Brooklyn.  To date, our work with GSS has involved collaborative video production workshops with middle school students, and professional development training with staff.

the process

For the 2009 8-day session, we continued our production work with a new group of kids who brought their own ideas and excitement to the videomaking process. Alongside the GSS staff and the students, we worked to script, plan, videotape, and edit a video on the themes of "growth" and "identity". The video was screened at PS 32's end of the year performance, "Grow Mania" along with live dance, hip-hop, and skits.  

Each student involved in our production reflected on the concept of growth, personal growth, the growth of friendship and identity, and how we view ourselves and others. Students were encouraged to critically think about authorship and identity: "who am I?", "where do I come from?", "what and who do I know, and who will that make my 'point of view' different from someone else's somewhere else?"  The production also included a "meta-documentary" that helped put student-produced vignettes in the context of the big ideas of identity and growth, while also exposing audiences to decisions students made during production.  

Through discussion with the students during the production process we helped them think actively about the messages they create and recieve through video. The goal was to expand and build on their Media Literacy skills, using core principles of media literacy education to frame teachable moments that arise throughout production.

The Media Spot looks forward to future collaborations with GSS in the summer and fall which we will post about shortly on this site!

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