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The Pedagogy and Production of Media Literacy

Julie Smith during small group discussion at Media Literacy Week 2012
Julie Smith during Media Literacy Week 2012

The Education Community Engagement Committee of GMLP is hosting the Gateway Media Literacy Partners Mini Conference: Pedagogy and Production at Cooperating School Districts on June 7 from 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

St. Louis educators Don Goble (Ladue School District) and Julie Smith (SIUE and Webster University) will keynote this event, followed by two different session times (9:30-10:20 and 10:30-11:20) with various resources, programs, and ideas shared from area experts in the field media literacy and K-12 education, like:

•  Bill Bass, Parkway School District
•  Linda Dougherty, Northwest School District
•  Mitch Eden, Kirkwood School District

In addition, a media panel will also participate in the discussion from 11:30-12:10. Those participants include:

•  Jasmine Huda, KMOV
•  Alvin Reid, Nine Network, 101 ESPN

GMLP strives to empower citizens to think critically about media messages. Anyone who wants to learn more about media literacy, and network with local media literacy educators and professionals is invited to participate the Mini Conference.

Preregistration is requested by May 24; seating is limited to 60 attendees. Cost for event is $10 (cash) at the door, which covers breakfast and printed materials. For questions regarding the Pedagogy and Production Mini Conference on Media Literacy, contact GMLP ECE co-chairs Rebecca Morrison or Mary Pat Gallagher. Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP.

Show-Me Movie Making in the Classroom

Movie-Making in the Classroom: Creating Digital Stories & Photo Essays
Three Days: July 18, 20 & 22, 2011 at CSD’s tele
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
$369 CSD member; $459 non-member
(Two Graduate Credits Available)

Wondering if movie-making is too difficult? This class is for you! Help your students create their own digital stories by experiencing the process yourself.  This three-day workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of movie making. You will have an opportunity to choose one of three easy (and free) software programs to use: Windows MovieMaker (PC), iMovie (Mac), or PhotoStory 3 (PC).

The class is a cross between a writer’s workshop and a movie-making symposium. Bring a story to share, or select from one of the stories provided. Participants will walk away with their own 3-5 minute movie and lots of ideas about how to help students create one.

(Remember that each year the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts hold the Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest for students in elementary, middle and high school. Categories include:

  • Show Me Something New
  • Show Me a Story
  • Show Me a Challenge
  • Show Me Your Community
  • PLUS this NEW Category! Show Me Your Creativity)

To Kill A Mockingbird Videoconference Series

RoundTrips is proud to announce our newest Language Arts series “Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds.” This series consists of three videoconferences in December and January related to the timeless story of To Kill A Mockingbird. More details, including national & state standards, program format, and related learning materials are available at the CILC web exhibit for each program. You can choose to enroll your students for one program, two programs, or all three. Enrollment in any one program will also earn you a DVD copy of all three programs.

These videoconference are just part of a St. Louis celebration of To Kill A Mockingbird that occurs this year during the St. Louis Big Read. Project partners include Washington University in St. Louis, sponsor of the St. Louis Big Read and Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre at Washington University, producers of a new production of the play. Information about the St. Louis Big Read can be found at http://bigread.wustl.edu/. Information about Metro Theater Company can be found at http://www.metrotheatercompany.org/. Information on Edison Theatre can be found here: http://edisontheatre.wustl.edu/.

If you wish to enroll in any videoconferences, please contact us directly.  If you can’t join via videoconference, then consider viewing the live online streaming of each program at http://www.hectv.org, or, if you are in the St. Louis region, watch live on HEC-TV Charter Communications cable channel 26.  Online & TV viewers will be able to e-mail questions to us during each program. Archived versions of each program will be on http://www.hectv.org and DVD.

Program 1: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds:  Setting and Character
Date: December 11, 2008 | Times: 10 to 11:00 a.m. or 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
What was it like to grow up in Monroeville, Alabama with Harper Lee? How did the town influence the setting and characters for her famous novel?  Bring the setting and characters of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird to life as you learn from individuals who grew up with the author and still live in Monroeville today and also interact with the director and actors involved in a new theatrical production of the novel.  Take a virtual tour of Ms. Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Learn of the town’s history and culture. Find out about her family and the individuals of the town whose experiences are reflected in the novel. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in them learning more about the town that greatly influenced the writing of this modern classic? If so, then we hope you can join us for one of our two programs. More info can be found here.

Program 2: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds: Themes of Social Justice
Date: December 16, 2008 | Time: 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird seems just as relevant to a discussion of social justice today as it did when first published in 1960. Issues of race, gender, discrimination, tolerance, acceptance, poverty and community permeate the fabric of the novel and the fabric of students? everyday lives. If they had a chance to discuss these themes, what would your students want to say? What themes and issues raised in the novel resonate most with them? How are those themes and issues illustrated? How do they see those themes and issues being played out in their lives today? Have your students explore the themes of social justice in Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird as they interact in a student-to-student discussion facilitated by educators who have taught the novel and the director of a new production of the play. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in students expressing their interpretation of the novel and how it speaks to them? If so, then we hope you can join us for this program. More info can be found here.

Mockingbird-Wash-UProgram 3: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds: From Page to Stage
Date: January 13, 2008 | Time: 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
How do you translate the timeless themes, locations and characters of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird to a theatrical production? Find out by joining us live from the stage of the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. View a scene from the production. Meet director Carol North and members of the design team to discuss how the show came to life from the first phase of design to the final phase of implementation. View the lights, the costumes, and the scenery. Ask your questions of actors about how they formulated and performed their character. How would you choose to illustrate the themes of the story through a stage design and directorial point of view? Compare your ideas to those of the Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre staff staging this new production. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in your students better understanding the work of theatre professionals and how a story is translated through their eyes to the eyes of an audience member? If so, we hope you can join us for this program. More info can be found here.

Lights, Camera, Action, tele

Movie-Making in the Classroom: Creating Digital Stories & Photo Essays   
– Two Graduate Credits Available –
June 23, 24 & 26 |  9 am-4 pm each day
$298 CSD member; $447 non-member 

Help your students create their own digital stories through by experiencing the process yourself.  This three-day workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of movie making. You will have an opportunity to choose one of three easy software programs to use: Windows MovieMaker (PC), iMovie (Mac), or PhotoStory 3 (PC).  The class is a cross between a writer’s workshop and a movie-making symposium.  You may bring a story to share, or you can select from one of the stories provided.  Participants will come away with their own 3-5 minute movie & plenty of ideas about how to help students create one of their own! Register at www2.csd.org/tele. You’ll get a confirmation letter roughly two weeks before class starts.

 Also, the tele still has openings for the July 15 Classroom Projects Using Digital Cameras class. CSD members only pay $125. Sign up at www2.csd.org/tele. You’ll get a confirmation letter if you have successfully registered for the class. Didn’t get a letter? Contact Joan Forrest at 314-692-1259 or jforrest@csd.org.