Sox Sperry Interviewed by Green Local 175

Project Look Sharp’s, Sox Sperry guest interviewed with Green Local 175 in Utica on March 17th. Green Local 175 is a twice-weekly environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. They air Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday from 9 to 11 am on WPNR 90.7 FM.

Listen as Sox Sperry shares some insights about Project Look Sharp on Green Local 175: Sox Sperry on the Radio

Project Look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking through media literacy in school curriculum and teaching. 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.

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Project Look Sharp’s, Sox Sperry to Present Webinar on Energy Choices

Project Look Sharp’s next webinar is coming up quickly! “Media Constructions of Energy Choices: Empowering Students to See Through the Smoke” is Project Look Sharp’s next webinar. Join Project Look Sharp’s curriculum writer, Sox Sperry on March 19th from 7-8 pm to explore how to seek and use media sources to deepen critical thinking practices regarding authorship, purpose, credibility, and economics.

Sox Sperry will offer Middle School, High School, and College Science and Environmental educators didactic techniques and curriculum materials to support a deeper understanding of how to address biases in energy choices media documents.

The three curriculum kits directly related to energy topics that Sox Sperry will reference are as follows:

  • Media Constructions of Chemicals in the Environment
  • Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water and Agriculture
  • Media Constructions of Resource Depletion

These kits are available online at http://www.projectlooksharp.org

 

For additional information and to register please visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=puivi6cab&oeidk=a07eakmmxfuff242821

You may also reach us at www.projectlooksharp.org or contact Project Look Sharp at (607) 274-3471. Sperry’s webinar will be available on projectlooksharp.org for those who cannot participate at the live event.

Project Look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking through media literacy in school curriculum and teaching. 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.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance, and Music.

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Chris Sperry Brings Media Literacy Workshop to OCM BOCES, Syracuse

Workshops facilitated by Project Look Sharp continue throughout the Syracuse area. On January 22nd, Chris Sperry Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, and 35-year veteran humanities and media teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, New York, organized an interactive workshop promoting media literacy in the classroom.

This workshop at OCM BOCES in Syracuse targeted the role of library media specialists and referenced resources for immediate application in K-12 classrooms and focused on constructivist decoding of diverse media documents. Theoretical frameworks and practical models for integrating including Project Based Learning, media and information literacy, Common Core literacy standards, and the new C3 framework for social studies were discussed.

For more information visit http://www.projectlooksharp.org/commoncore

Project Look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking through media literacy in school curriculum and teaching. 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.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance, and Music.

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Project Look Sharp’s Chris Sperry Presents at NCSS Boston

On November 21st, Project Look Sharp’s Chris Sperry, attended the 94th NCSS Annual Conference in beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts. The NCSS Conference is the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. The event allowed people to gain new ideas, resources, and skills while being engaging and exploring rich and varied learning opportunities. More than 3,000 people across the United States and the world attended the conference to share the most current knowledge, ideas, expertise and research in social studies education.

The conference was held from November 18th through the 23rd. Chris Sperry presented on: Understanding the Middle East through inquiry; simulation and media literacy with the theme of building 21st century skills. Chris’ presentation was structured for secondary level to high school teachers with a disciplinary area of global connections.  During the fast paced, interactive, and dynamic workshop, Chris was able to engage participants in reflection and modeling of an inquiry-based classroom methodology tied to new C3 standards.

By the end of the presentation, participants were able to understand the relationship of social studies Common Core Literacy standards, specifically in reading, and the C3 framework. Chris also taught participants about resources to support immediate instructional needs including hundreds of lesson plans with all materials needed, theoretical understanding. Ongoing staff development such as books, videos, and websites were also included. The workshop resulted in participants to be inspired through engaging classroom analysis of rich media documents. This interactive learning experience was a great success with high levels of interest and engagement.

Project look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking through media literacy in school curriculum and teaching. 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.

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PLS Directors to speak on Iran trip after Nov. 25 7pm Screening of “Rosewater” at Cinemapolis

Professor Cyndy Scheibe and LACS teacher Chris Sperry, co-directors of Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp, will be speaking on Tuesday, November 25, after the 7pm showing of Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater about the 2009 imprisonment of a US journalist in Iran.

Scheibe and Sperry recently returned from Iran where they delivered key-note addresses about integrating critical thinking and media literacy into Iranian education at the First International Conference on Media Literacy in Iran.  In their Cinemopolis presentation they will show media, tell stories and interact with the audience about their experiences in Iran and the role of media in shaping our cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings.

More about their trip can be found at: http://www.looksharpblogs.org/?p=428

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Iran Gets Lessons in Media Literacy From Ithaca College Experts

It may be one of the last places in the world you’d expect to be interested in learning how to develop skills in critical thinking and media analysis. But when academics and researchers in Iran decided they needed help with that effort, they turned to two experts from Ithaca College: Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry of Project Look Sharp.

Scheibe and Sperry were invited to serve as keynote speakers at the First International Media Literacy Conference in Iran, held in late October in Tehran.

“The opportunity to participate in this extraordinary event came about when I got an email from the Media Literacy Research Group, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to raise awareness about the effects of media on the worldview and culture of the Iranian people,” says Scheibe. “They were organizing a conference on the topic, and in looking around for who the experts are, they found us.”

Attendees at the conference included university students, educators, administrators, other NGOs, social activists and representatives of the government’s information and education ministries.

“We tend to perceive Iran as hardline and repressive, and that is certainly a major element of their government and society,” says Sperry. “But we were there to support and work with elements in Iran — including some connected to the government — that are authentically pushing for critical thinking, for greater openness and tolerance. Our task was to present models for integrating critical thinking and media literacy into Iranian education in a way that was accessible, exciting and inspiring.”

Scheibe is a professor of psychology and founding director of Project Look Sharp, a program based in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences that provides training and support for the effective integration of media literacy into classroom curricula at all education levels. Sperry serves as Project Look Sharp’s director of curriculum and staff development.

For their keynote, the two took the stage together, putting on what they call “The Chris and Cyndy Show.” Their presentation was given simultaneous translation into Farsi as they showed snippets of media ranging from newspaper headlines about the ongoing nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran to clips from the movie “Argo,” about the escape of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis.

“First we needed to explain what we mean by media and expand their notions of it as more than just television and the Internet, to also include books, magazines, newspapers, even money,” says Scheibe. “Then we had to expand their notion of what literacy means in today’s world. So media literacy is ultimately about going beyond just reading and writing, to include creating, analyzing and evaluating media in all these different forms.”

“One thing we wanted to help them understand is that media literacy must be interactive,” says Sperry. “So instead of just lecturing to the audience, we asked questions and invited them to talk back to us as well as to one another. It was very gratifying to see their positive response.”

This isn’t the first time that Scheibe and Sperry have brought Project Look Sharp to the international stage. In 2012, they were invited by the Kingdom of Bhutan to work with educators and students in implementing a media literacy curriculum in the Himalayan nation — the last in the world to receive television.

While they were apprehensive in advance of this trip, Sperry says the only danger they experienced during it was with the crazy traffic in Tehran.

“The people who brought us there want change,” he notes. “We were conscious of not doing anything to undermine our hosts and make it impossible for them to do their work. At the same time, however, we were honest and clear about the importance of asking questions and looking at things from different points of view as being absolutely essential for any kind of media literacy.”

Scheibe and Sperry would be interested in returning to Iran to continue their work, but they’d also like to bring some Iranian students and educators back to Ithaca.

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, they will be giving a presentation on “Teaching Critical Thinking in Iran” following the 7 p.m. screening of “Rosewater” at the Cinemapolis theater in Ithaca.

Directed by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, the film tells the story of the brutal 2009 imprisonment of a U.S. journalist in Iran. Scheibe and Sperry will tell stories and interact with the audience about their experiences in Iran and the role of media in shaping our cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings.

For more information on Project Look Sharp, visit www.ithaca.edu/looksharp.

 

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