Ithaca, NY- Every year in Napa, California, an event called PBL World takes place, or Project Based Learning. Here, educators gather to empower a new generation of students through alternative project based learning techniques. This event is sponsored by the Buck Institute for Education, and allows educators to learn new techniques in project design, assessment, and management of curriculum through workshops and training sessions.
On August 5-7 2014, OCM BOCES will emulate this convention in Napa in Syracuse New York at the Syracuse DoubleTree. Here, teachers and leaders are encouraged to attend workshop sessions facilitated by Buck’s Institute Faculty where they will learn about bringing project-based learning into their classrooms. Keynote speakers such as Sam Chaltain, a founding director of the Five Freedoms Project and Director of the Forum for Education and Democracy will start out each day, followed by shorter breakout sessions.
Part of project-based learning relies on a focus on critical thinking skills, as a part of the 4C’s of the program. On the afternoon of Thursday August 7th, Project Look Sharp will be hosting a break out session that explores development of critical thinking skills through media decoding and analysis.
According to Chris Sperry who is conducting the training: “I will introduce the theory and practice of media literacy integration tied to PBL theory with examples covering K-12 and multiple subject areas. In the 2nd half of the workshop we would explore one project-based model for high school global studies/ELA that incorporates in depth research, use of new technologies, critical thinking and a week-long simulation (related to the Middle East) all through the lens of media literacy integration into PBL. I will incorporate reflection on pedagogy and decoding of media documents throughout the interactive workshop with time for Q&A.”
Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in multiple subject areas. They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.
Those that are interesting in attending the event can visit http://www.ocmboces.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=2423 for more information, as well as access to the registration pages. For staff from OCM BOCES districts, the cost will be $375, and for districts outside OCM BOCES, the cost will be $450. You can also follow the action on twitter, with the hashtag #PBLNY.
For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at email@example.com.