At this summer's National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference in Philly, I co-directed Modern Media Makers (M3), a film production camp which brings together high school students from around the country to collaborate on films that illuminate themes in media literacy education from the youth perspective.
In the process, I got to help lead a workshop to connect students' own definitions of media literacy to the NAMLE Core Principles of MLE*, and co-facilitate "guerrilla-style" film production work of some talented teens filmmakers.
The kids impressed us with their ability to work in mixed teams with people they'd never met to communicate the essence of media literacy themes through traditional film genres picked from a hat in the 48hr film project tradition.
My own practice as an MLE production facilitator benefitted greatly from working closely in guerrilla-fashion with co-directors Annelise Wunderlich, a fellow board member at NAMLE, and educational director at ITVS, and Henry Cohn-Geltner, an old buddy of TMS, who's now running MLE workshops at WHYY in Philly, as well as two inspirational production-based media literacy educators Kara Clayton and Emily Bonillia.
For all of the details, documentary video on the process, q&a with the youth filmmakers, an interactive graphic organizer connecting youth perspectives on MLE to NAMLE's core principles, and the 4 student productions, visit the Modern Media Makers (M3) Archive: Project Philly 2011 post on NAMLE.net!
* For those of you interested in interactive tools for creating graphic organizers, check out the Mind Map we made during our workshop on the left