Media Studies in High School English.

TMS has worked with Littleton, CO high school English teacher Joseph Destefano since 2007 on his annual Tech Turnoff (a.k.a. “Digital Detox”). Continue reading “Media Studies in High School English.”

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List poetry blog & videos: Collaborative online writing, remixing & visualizing

Poetry Unit, List Poems, Poetry Videos

This Fall, fifth graders at PS 124 created “List” or “Catalog” poetry while learning to blog, and currently one of the classes is producing video representations of poems generated through this project.

Two fifth grade classes read There was a Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman, learning about the poet and his image-rich style of writing, and responded to 4 themes within the poem during directed free-writing sessions.

List Poems

Fifth graders at PS 124 created “List” or “Catalog” poetry while learning to blog, and produced video representations of poems generated through this project.

Continue reading “List poetry blog & videos: Collaborative online writing, remixing & visualizing”

Campers young and old frame the action at The Generation Connection camp 2012.

It is always a goal of TMS/TGC productions to expose this decision-making process within our videos to not only demonstrate the building of media literacy that goes on at camp, but to expose our audience to those lessons as well. We hope to engage viewers in critical thinking about the constructedness of all media as they watch campers make editorial choices, and also transparently share the camp video production process to those who would like to try it for themselves.

It is always a goal of TMS/TGC productions to expose this decision-making process within our videos to not only demonstrate the building of media literacy that goes on at camp, but to expose our audience to those lessons as well. We hope to engage viewers in critical thinking about the constructedness of all media as they watch campers make editorial choices, and also transparently share the camp video production process to those who would like to try it for themselves. Continue reading “Campers young and old frame the action at The Generation Connection camp 2012.”

Salzburg Academy: What does Freedom of the Press mean to You?

I just saw myself in the following video posted on the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change website — it was exciting!

Rhys makes a cameo in following student video posted during his first year as visiting faculty at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.

Continue reading “Salzburg Academy: What does Freedom of the Press mean to You?”

Capturing Camp through Digital Media – TGC Video Clips 2010.

This summer I had the pleasure of collaborating with some outstanding media educators at the 8th annual Generation Connection (TGC) summer camp in Gainesville, Florida, where we helped campers (age 8-80) use digital media to document their experiences on the camp website. The Media Spot has been working with the TGC since year one to work with participants to create documentary videos on their travels around Central Florida, encouraging critical thinking about how we can use media to shape, share, and reflect on what is important to us.

This summer I had the pleasure of collaborating with some outstanding media educators at the 8th annual Generation Connection (TGC) summer camp in Gainesville, Florida, where we helped campers (age 8-80) use digital media to document their experiences on the camp website. Continue reading “Capturing Camp through Digital Media – TGC Video Clips 2010.”

Blended Intergenerational High School Voicethread Planning in Nashville

Last fall TMS established a “blended” (in-person + online) professional development relationship to develop a Voicethread unit plan for student multimedia productions involving participation from older adults in the community with English classes of Elizabeth Smith at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, a public high school in Nashville, TN.  Hume Fogg has been recognized as a national Blue Ribbon school by the USDOE, and ranked the 49th best public school in the country by US News & World Report, which meant that the existing project plans that Elizabeth brought for us to work media literacy concepts and digital media tools into were already chock-full-of rigor and creatively designed.

Blended planning

Elizabeth and I were connected through her involvement with The Generation Connection camp (TGC), which TMS has collaborated with for 9 years. Our blended relationship began with a face-to-face meeting in Nashville to brainstorm ways that TGC, TMS and Hume Fogg could create a project that would incorporate media literacy concepts into a high school English project that involved older adults in the community as collaborators and resources for the students.  After getting a feel for each other in person, we continued developing the project over the phone, co-editing planning documents in Google Docs (left), and within Voicethread.com projects (below).

Intergenerational Collaboration within Schools

TGC’s mission is to faciliate reciprocal mentoring between youth and older adults to build community, and create meaningful relationships between often isolated groups within the same community.  We planned to match small student production groups with older adults from the community as a resource and collaborator.  The “reciprocal” element would involve students teaching older adults Voicethread skills and schooling them in social media online collaboration, which is second-nature to them, while older adults would offer their generation’s research methods, and in some cases first-hand experinece related to the projects, or knowledge of how readings of the classic novels the projects are connected to have changed over the years.  As we’ve seen through TGC  Due to the logistics of background checks, and scheduling challenges, the intergenerational collaboration did not materialize this time around, but will remain a part of the unit plan for 2012-13 school year at Hume Fogg.

Voicethread “Case” Productions around Classic Novels

Step 1: Intro project for teacher & students to get acquainted with Voicethread

Students first completed mini projects to get acquainted with the Voicethread process defending the relevance of In Cold Blood for an AP English Curriculum: Here’s the assignment (Google Doc): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GBLMfpSXWXR1nX5Fcz-I_KNRRLcmKv6lIRAPo_ky-2g/edit#heading=h.mhx9qwzgg19t

Step 2: Larger-scale projects requiring specific multimedia elements

[Elizabeth, would you like to give a sentence or two about the objective of the assignment?  And a description of the showcase you guys did at the end to culuminate?  Did you have a rubric for analyzing the work?]

Meta Documentary plan (Google Doc)

Media literacy value amplified by the assignment, made possible by Voicethread

The strength of these projects from a media literacy perspective are in the specific requirement of students to communicate and persuade through a combination of media in an online environment.  Students must decide where to get quality information to complete their “case” assignment, and synthesize that information by communicating what they learned through a combination of video, documents, and images in Voicethread.  Voicethread allowed the incorporation of whatever media the students chose to produce, and allowed collaboration to take place asynchronously as well as in person in class.  It also allows for student or teacher and peer interaactive review through the commenting feature.

 

“Speak Up!: Breaking the Barriers”, plays to a packed house at NYC Performace Space, The Kitchen

ESL students from 7 different countries worked with TMS and a theater teacher to create a stage piece that incorporated original video elements. It was performed in front of a packed house at NYC’s The Kitchen in December. The kids communicated fluently in both media, and the crowd went wild!

For the past few months we’ve been working on an exciting project with theater teacher Alison Fleminger and a class of Liberty High School ESL students from Poland, Senegal, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, & Mexico! Continue reading ““Speak Up!: Breaking the Barriers”, plays to a packed house at NYC Performace Space, The Kitchen”