Sox Sperry Publishes article in “Green Teacher” Magazine

Sox Sperry, the Program Associate at Project Look Sharp, has recently written an article for Green Teacher magazine entitled Sustainability Education and Media Literacy. This article looks how the topic of climate change can often provoke deep emotions in students, and suggests that instead of shying away, [teachers should] use these media literacy activities to foster discussions of what the future holds.

Tim Grant, Editor of Green Teacher summed it up pretty well. “We are very pleased to publish this article in the Fall issue.  [Project Look Sharp] is one of the very few that integrates media literacy and sustainability and have produced high quality education materials that reflect the integration. In your article, you also made the point that it is important to connect to the emotional lives of students when raising the large issue before us. To my mind, this elevates your article above the usual approaches taken by most enviro-curriculum authors.   As a result, we have little doubt that a great many of our readers will be talking about your article for months and years to come.”

Strong words of praise! You can read the article at the link below.

Sustainability Education and Media Literacy (pdf)

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Chris Sperry Publishes Article on WWI and Constructivist Media Decoding

Chris Sperry, the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, has recently written an article for Social Education Magazine entitled WWI Through Constructivist Media Decoding. This article looks at teaching about WWI through interactive decoding (analyzing) of propaganda posters from different countries. It lays out the theory and practice of media analysis for teaching critical thinking, questioning strategies, media literacy and core social studies content.

Some of the main topics of the article include: Constructivist Media Decoding, The Curricula of Adolescence, Teaching Key Concepts of Media Analysis, and Diversifying Our Use of Media Documents. The article focuses on dialogue between teachers and their students, and comments from three high school students on using media decoding in social studies.

This article is aimed towards a target audience of secondary social studies teachers. Chris Sperry believes that the article “enables Project Look Sharp to make social studies teachers aware of our work and free online resources and promotes the theory and practice of media literacy nationwide to a critical audience.”

The print article can be read in full in Social Education Magazine, a publication of the National Council of Social Studies. Or via the PDF link below:

WWIarticle(pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

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Environmentalism: The Media Ecosystem

The Ninth Annual Media Literacy Week will be held November 9th through the 16th.  During the week different workshops and activities will be held discussing an array of topics. On Wednesday, November 12th Sox Sperry will be conducting two workshops at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. His first workshop, “From iPad into the Fire: Talking About Climate Using the Tools of Media Literacy” will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. His second workshop will pick up at 12 p.m. and run until 2 p.m. This workshop is called “Environmental Front Lines: Learning to Read the World Right Where We Live.” The target audiences for Sperry’s workshops include K-12 and higher education educators in communications, sciences, and educations; higher education students in communications, sciences, and education; and community members interested in media, science and public policy.

Sox Sperry is an award-winning media literacy educator of Project Look Sharp. Sperry is well known for enviro-focused media literacy efforts: Media Construction of Sustainability: Food, Water and Agriculture; Media Construction of Chemicals in the Environment; Media Construction of Endangered Species; Media Construction of Resource Depletion. Sperry has studied local environmental issues and will use some of them for media literacy curriculum integration examples and possibilities.

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 Webinar: Teaching about the Middle East through Media Literacy

On Thursday November 6th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST, Chris Sperry, Project Look Sharp’s Director of Curriculum and Staff Development will be conducting a free webinar event about the Middle East through Media Literacy. Chris Sperry has had many years of experience with teaching high school students about the Middle East.

During this webinar, Chris will explore the role that Media Literacy, Project-Based Learning and lesson design can play in motivating and engaging all students in deep scholarship, critical thinking and personal growth. Viewers will be introduced to lesson models from the Project Look Sharp curriculum kit, Media Construction of the Middle East, a video demonstration of the classroom media decoding process, a sample of a student simulated Middle East peace conference, and how teachers can teach key content while addressing common core standards in social studies and speaking and listening. This webinar will be interactive with live chat, video demonstrations, polls, and a Q&A at the end!

Register now at http://tinyurl.com/MiddleEastCurriculum

 

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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Cyndy Scheibe of Project Look Sharp Presents – Reading the World: Constructivist Media Decoding and Citizenship

Cyndy Scheibe of Project Look Sharp Presents – Reading the World: Constructivist Media Decoding and Citizenship

On Friday October 10th, Cyndy Scheibe presented on behalf of Project Look Sharp, in the Wang Conference Center at Stony Brook University. Cyndy presented a topic called, Reading the World: Constructivist Media Decoding and Citizenship. This fast-paced interactive workshop used models for integrating media analysis across the curriculum from kindergarten through college. Inquiry-based media decoding has the potential to engage all students in the process of learning Common Core literacy skills, exploring controversial issues from multiple perspectives, and developing life-long habits of inquiry about credibility, sourcing, bias, and other key citizenship skills. The activities demonstrated how educators can use engaging media documents, coupled with key questions and targeted probing,and taught both core content and critical thinking skills, using examples from health, science, social studies and ELA.

Cyndy Scheibe is the Executive Director and Founder of Project Look Sharp and co-author of the book The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (2012, Sage/Corwin). She is also Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College where she has taught courses in developmental psychology, media research, and media literacy for more than 25 years. She was a founding board member of the National Association for Media  literacy Education, and is author of several articles on media literacy education and practice. She is a contributing editor to many of the media literacy curriculum kits developed by Project Look Sharp, and co-author of the Critical Thinking and Health kit series based on media literacy for elementary grades. She received her doctorate in Human Development (1987) from Cornell University

 

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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Using Media Decoding and Production to Invest Learners in Sustainability

Ithaca College Alumni, Kelsey Greene (’12), presented on behalf of Project Look Sharp at the NAAEE conference in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday, October 9 from 2:15pm to 3:45 in the Ottawa Convention Centre. In her interactive workshop she used Project Look Sharp’s sustainability curriculum kits to model how educators in formal and informal learning sectors can teach about relevant sustainability issues through deconstruction and production of diverse media texts. Project Look Sharp offers two kits on sustainability. They included: Media Constructions of Sustainability and Media Constructions of Sustainability: Fingerlakes. Each kit provides multiple lesson plans that explore how sustainability has been presented in the media. Each kit created by Project Look Sharp incorporates media literacy and critical thinking. This session encouraged learners to become active agents of change in their community through media production.

Kelsey Greene interned with Project Look Sharp for two semesters while attending Ithaca College. One of her larger tasks as an intern was working on the Finger Lakes sustainability kit. Kelsey went to the 2011 NAAEE conference in Raleigh with Chris and Sox Sperr; two staff members of Project Look Sharp. Kelsey has continued to work in the media literacy field since graduating from Ithaca College in 2012 and is currently attending the University at Buffalo for my M.Ed in Education.

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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