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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