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.