Project Look Sharp Seminars Announced for the National Council for Social Studies San Francisco Convention, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16 – 17

Though Media Literacy Week may be ending soon, Project Look Sharp is not slowing down in the slightest. Executive Director Cyndy Scheibe and Director of Curriculum Chris Sperry will be presenting three different seminars on Thursday through Friday, Nov. 16-17, for the National Council for Social Studies convention in San Francisco, CA. All seminars will be conducted in the Moscone Center, West 800 Howard Street in San Francisco and a Project Look Sharp booth with informational bags full of handouts and helpful pamphlets will be organized for those seeking additional materials.

The first meeting, titled: “Transform Your Teaching Through Inquiry-Based Media Analysis” will be led by both Dir. Scheibe and Dir. Sperry in room 3020. The day-long event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., offering educators of secondary to high school level instructions on how to practice the dynamic art of constructivist media decoding that teaches all students life-long habits of critical thinking through questioning media content, sourcing, credibility, perspective, bias, and more. The specific social studies content for this intensive full day training will ultimately be based on the specific subject area content for the participating teachers.

Two participants will facilitate brief (5 to 7 minute) media decoding activities – with the other participants acting as students.  Each of the activities will be followed by about 15 minutes of debriefing amongst the group, identifying challenges and opportunities. During the second half of the morning, practical models for CMD activities in the social studies classroom will be presented. This will include reflections on live CMD activities led by the presenters and videos of classroom practice.  This will be accompanied by an introduction to the theory of CMD, key frameworks for questioning and tips for leading CMD activities, and initial definitions. At the end of the day, each participant will demonstrate their learning by presenting a brief integration plan for their teaching.

Additionally, selected participants from the 2017 NCSS summer institute in media literacy will participate in this clinic as leadership coaches – supporting clinic participants to develop media decoding activities and plan for the practice decoding sessions.  The coaches will work with the support and supervision of the two lead presenters.  Members of NCSS must pay $35 to attend this pre-conference event and nonmembers, $50.

On the following Friday, Dir. Sperry will be presenting two seminars. The first, “Understanding the Middle East through Inquiry, Simulation, and Media Literacy” will take place in room 2016 and run from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.. The content is aimed towards educators of secondary to high school level and will instruct on how to motivate engagement, train perspective taking, and address conflicting truths while teaching critical thinking, core knowledge, C3 skills and life-long learning to all students. Teachers will walk away with skills, knowledge, inspiration, and classroom ready materials for using simulations, student research, and media analysis in any social studies curriculum area.

From the start, participants will be responding to questions about content, interpretation, evaluation, and reflection using documents such as the introduction to Disney’s Aladdin (to analyze representations of the Arab World), excerpts from divergent encyclopedia entries on “Islam” (to teach content and analyze language, perspective and voice), and paired newspaper front pages (to teach the history of the war in Iraq, critical thinking skills and evidence-based reading). The workshop will engage participants in rigorous document-based analysis and application of knowledge. The group will reflect on the pros and cons of an inquiry-based approach to teaching social studies and address participant concerns (e.g. time, covering content, using potentially harmful images). Handouts on theoretical frameworks for constructivist decoding and other Middle East related materials will be provided as well. Registration for this event can be accessed through this link:

The final seminar on Friday, also taught by Dir. Sperry, is called “Inquire, Analyze, Evaluate: C3 through Contructivist Media Decoding” and will be held in room 2022 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.. The content is aimed towards educators of secondary to high school level and the fast-paced interactive workshop will present proven pedagogy, practice and materials for engaging all students in complex moral reasoning, civic dialogue, and critical literacy skills through analyzing content-rich media messages. Dir. Sperry will use questions to provoke thinking about social content (in media documents) and the process of leading media decoding activities.  He will then model the use of dynamic and diverse media (video, print, visual, etc.) to engage secondary students in rigorous document-based analysis and application of knowledge in US history and global studies. The group will reflect on advantages and challenges of an inquiry-based approach to teaching social studies and Dir. Sperry will share a wealth of resources including hard copies of key theoretical frameworks and free online resources.

Registration for entire conference on Friday as well as the separate pre-conference seminars on Thursday can be accessed through this link:

https://members.socialstudies.org/events/Register.html?Action=Register&ConfID_W=145

Different discounts for conference registration are available for NCSS members as well.

For more information on this session, visit:
https://www.socialstudies.org/conference/full-day-clinics/transform-your-teaching-through-inquiry-based-media-analysis

To learn more about all the NCSS pre-conference and conference sessions, please visit: https://www.socialstudies.org/conference/clinics

For more information and materials about Project Look Sharp go to projectlooksharp.org.

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 Presents a Variety of Activities for Media Literacy Week Nov. 6-10

Media Literacy Week is coming soon (November 6-10) and Project Look Sharp has prepared a variety of new materials and professional development services for anyone interested in learning more about integrating media literacy into teaching. As described by NAMLE, “the purpose of Media Literacy Week is to raise the visibility of the importance and power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.” Project Look Sharp, as in years past, will be an integral part of the event, offering online discounts, webinars, and features.

1) To kick off the week, Project Look Sharp’s Director of Curriculum Chris Sperry will be leading a webinar titled “Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking” on Monday, Nov. 6, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST. In collaboration with Common Sense Media, Sperry’s webinar will engage participants in analyzing classroom models of inquiry-based media analysis to explore pedagogy and practice. He will present classroom-ready strategies and free online resources from Project Look Sharp – applicable to all grade levels and subject areas – for integrating constructivist media decoding activities into curriculums. In this webinar, he will address questions such as:

  • How can we motivate and teach our students to continually and habitually ask key questions about the constructed nature of their mediated worlds?
  • How can I fit media literacy into my curriculum when it is already so packed?
  • How can I use media analysis to teach to my core content and standards while also teaching critical media literacy skills?
  • How can I have my students grapple with controversial topics in a thoughtful, honest and civil way that encourages thinking about their own biases?

Sign-ups for the webinar can be accessed through:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/commonsense20171106/

 

2) Next, Executive Director Cyndy Scheibe will be hosting free online “office hours” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST.  This is a great opportunity for educators who:

  • Are looking for ideas on how to integrate media literacy approaches into a specific topic or curriculum area at a specific grade level
  • Want feedback on an idea for using media literacy in your classroom
  • Need advice on how to assess whether media literacy is working with students
  • Want more information about using inquiry-based approaches with students
  • Want to learn more about Project Look Sharp’s new activity-based curriculum materials

https://projectlooksharp.org/blog/2017/11/01/cyndy-scheibe-holds-online-office-hours-media-literacy-week/

 

3) The Media Literacy in Every Classroom Quick Reference Guide published by and available on the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) website will also be sold at a discount during the entire week.

The laminated, full-color guide covers the basics of media literacy, the process of becoming media literate, insights, and key questions for analyzing media messages, along with almost fifty specific classroom integration strategies. These strategies include examples for social studies, health, STEM, English, and the arts. Through this quick reference guide, teachers will also be able to integrate media literacy into research projects, classroom assessments, and making real-world connections – giving students the tools to think critically for themselves.

ASCD is honored to partner with NAMLE to celebrate the 3rd Annual U.S. Media Literacy Week from November 6 – November 10. During this time anyone with the promo code can receive a discount of 10% off the list price of this QRG.

http://shop.ascd.org/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=201079485&Media-Literacy-in-Every-Classroom-(Quick-Reference-Guide)

Use promo code MLW2017

 

4) Project Look Sharp will begin employing its new search feature function on its website to allow ease of specification in curriculum discovery. To further the website’s user-friendly aspects, Project Look Sharp will also begin sectioning off different curriculums in lesson collections and playlists.

  1. a. Enhanced Lesson Search on our Website:

We have added a new search feature on our website. This search allows you to target individual lessons and activities for age/grade level, subject area, and offers many more options in the advanced search.  https://www.projectlooksharp.org/search.php

Recently we have published activities on sustainability issues that can be quickly downloaded and taught within a single class period. These “quick implementation activities” are accessible through the Search feature.

  1. b. Lesson Collections

We now offer sets of lessons collected by theme. The thematic collections are lessons taken from a variety of our curriculum kits, and which also include shorter activities.

These can be accessed via our top menu bar from our homepage.

Here are our recent collections:

Do you have a theme you would like Project Look Sharp to create? Email looksharp@ithaca.edu with your suggestions!

 

5) Our Curriculum Writer, Sox Sperry, will open registration during Media Literacy Week for our first online professional development training, which will cover how to facilitate challenging topics in the classroom.

Learn more about Project Look Sharp’s opportunity for educators to participate in creating new curriculum activities through our collaborative activity project to design short, high-impact “activity projects” that leverage your teaching and allow you to share your lessons with a community of peers.

http://www.projectlooksharp.org/learn/

 

Finally, Project Look Sharp’s Design Intern Liana Glaser’s entry recently won NAMLE’S Media Literacy Week emoji design contest and her submission will now be used as the official Media Literacy Week emoji. To use the emoji, type the Twitter hashtags #medialitwk, #mlw17, or #getsmartonline and the emoji will appear.

 

About the Presenters

Cyndy Scheibe, Executive Director and Founder of Project Look Sharp, is the co-author of the book The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (2012, Sage/Corwin). She is also a Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College where she has taught courses in developmental psychology, media research, and media literacy for more than 25 years, and serves as the Director of the Center for Research on the Effects of Television Lab and Archive. A dynamic speaker and workshop leader, 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 Ph.D. in Human Development (1987) from Cornell University.

Chris Sperry, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, has taught middle and high school social studies, English and media studies for over 30 years in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history and articles about integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum. He is the recipient of the National Council for the Social Studies 2008 Award for Global Understanding, and the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy.

Sox Sperry, Curriculum Writer, began his career as teacher and curriculum designer in 1974. He is author and co-author of Project Look Sharp’s document-based history kits: Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns and Media Construction of the Middle East, Media Construction of Chemicals in the Environment, Media Construction of Resource Depletion, Media Construction of Endangered Species, Global Media Perspectives, Creativity and Aging Through the Lens of Film, Media Constructions of Martin Luther King, Jr, Media Construction of Peace and Media Construction of Social Justice.

For more information on Project Look Sharp and its staff, please visit projectlooksharp.org

 

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 Holds “Online Office Hours” for Media Literacy Week

Project Look Sharp Director Cyndy Scheibe will be hosting online hours on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. from the following link: https://ithaca.zoom.us/j/972961669

Content will be aimed towards viewers who:

  • Are looking for ideas on how to integrate media literacy approaches into a specific topic or curriculum area at a specific grade level
  • Want feedback on an idea for using media literacy in your classroom
  • Need advice on how to assess whether media literacy is working with students
  • Want more information about using inquiry-based approaches with students
  • Want to learn more about Project Look Sharp’s new activity-based curriculum materials
——– FULL CONFERENCE INFORMATION FOLLOWS———
Project Look Sharp is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Cyndy Scheibe’s “Open Office Hours for Media Literacy Educators”
Time: Nov 8, 2017 7:00-9:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://ithaca.zoom.us/j/972961669
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,972961669#  or +14086380968,,972961669#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923
    Meeting ID: 972 961 669
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
    H.323:
        162.255.37.11 (US West)
        162.255.36.11 (US East)
        221.122.88.195 (China)
        115.114.131.7 (India)
        213.19.144.110 (EMEA)
        202.177.207.158 (Australia)
        209.9.211.110 (Hong Kong)
        64.211.144.160 (Brazil)
        69.174.57.160 (Canada)
    Meeting ID: 972 961 669

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“Iron Jawed Angels” Showing and Discussion at Cinemapolis Nov. 1st

Join us for the film showing of Iron Jawed Angels and a vigorous discussion afterwards about the film’s messages, accuracy and relevance led by Executive Director Cyndy Scheibe of Project Look Sharp. The event will occur at Cinemapolis on November 1st, at 6:30 p.m. and while admission is free, a $5.00 donation will be graciously accepted as well. The History Center of Tompkins County hosts the event, and for more information on them, call (607) 273-8284, visit thehistorycenter.net, or email community@thehistorycenter.net. Their address is 401 East State Street, Suite 100, here in Ithaca, New York.

About Iron Jawed Angels
Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Katja Von Garnier. The film stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O’Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt. The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s and follows women’s suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. It received critical acclaim after the film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

About Cyndy Scheibe
Executive Director and Founder of Project Look Sharp,is co-author of the book The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (2012, Sage/Corwin). She is also a Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College where she has taught courses in developmental psychology, media research, and media literacy for more than 25 years, and serves as the Director of the Center for Research on the Effects of Television Lab and Archive.

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 Creates New Collaborative Activity Production (CAP) Initiative

With support from the Park Foundation, Project Look Sharp has created a new, online media literacy tool to bring the organization and educators closer together. The Park Foundation’s grant will allow those who have previously used Project Look Sharp’s tools for simple media literacy curriculum integration to involve themselves in a unique, collaborative process in developing activities for others. Though the user submission feature is currently in beta testing, many lessons already exist in this program.

An example of CAP set “Throwaway Culture: To Buy or to Reuse?” is linked below. This example contains four short video clips of commercials to analyze and information on food waste for context. From these materials, educators may base a media literacy activity for their curriculums. The example is linked here: https://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?resource_id=402

To view a list of CAPS resources, see: https://projectlooksharp.org/blog/2017/10/04/master-list-caps-resources/

For more information on Project Look Sharp please visit: projectlooksharp.org.
Further questions may be sent to Curriculum Designer Sox Sperry at: soxsperry@twcny.rr.com


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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The League of Women Voters and Tompkins County Public Library Present: “IS THAT REALLY TRUE? FACTS OR FAKE NEWS?”

IS THAT REALLY TRUE? FACTS OR FAKE NEWS?

DATE: Monday, October 23, 2017, 7-9pm

PLACE: Borg-Warner Room
Tompkins County Public Library

101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY

PANELISTS:
• Michael Engle, Library Research and Learning Services, Cornell University

• Chris Sperry, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College

• Neill Borowski, Executive Editor, Ithaca Journal

With the increase in social media use, the broad range of media outlets claiming to deliver the news, and the finger pointing about what is and is not true, it is important for citizens to evaluate the reliability of what we read, see and hear. Please join us for three perspectives on building media

literacy. Ample time will be provided for Q/A and discussion.

THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED.

Printable Flyer:

LWVTC.Fake News-rev (pdf)

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