Collectively, we are in thrall to media - because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave.
We're Opening Our Doors
During the week of July 19 - 23, 2010, the Powerful Voices for Kids program opened our doors to more than 70 educators from around the city, around the nation, and around the world. People came for one afternoon, or a couple of days, and some even stayed for the whole week. They are sharing their ideas on our online community blog. Also check out the many photos from the event here.
In this innovative approach to professional development, participants gathered to learn more about the theory and practice of media literacy education. Each afternoon, they spent time observing 85 children and 13 teachers enrolled in the Powerful Voices for Kids program who were developing their digital and media literacy skills in project-based learning activities. Participants had a chance to learn new instructional strategies, deepen their understanding of how to use digital media, popular culture and mass media for learning, and create their own messages with some simple multimedia tools freely available online.