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Tech Camp 2019: Teaching Students to Think in a Media-Saturated World

Registration for RRLC’s annual Library Tech Camp (August 21st) is open and it promises to be an interesting and engaging day of learning. The keynote will be “Analysis, Reason and Reflection: Teaching Students to Think in a Media-Saturated World” by Chris Sperry from Project Look Sharp.

Project Look Sharp is an outreach program at Ithaca College that provides training and materials for K-16 educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curriculum. They excel at not only getting educators to think through the information and messages that come from 24/7 media access, but also how to turn-key those media literacy skills to students.

Chris Sperry has taught middle and high school social studies, English and media studies for over 30 years. 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.

On top of the keynote, the RRLC Tech Camp will feature breakout sessions by local librarians and educators on technological trends and instructional practices. There will also be a vendor fair, which we encourage you to attend.

Register here

Rochester Teen Film Festival

Calling all Teen Film-makers!

The deadline for the Rochester Teen Film Festival is coming up on June 10th!

WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and the Little Theatre are proud to sponsor the 2019 Rochester Teen Film Festival, a collaborative, juried media competition for youth in the Rochester region.

The festival is set for Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., when the finalists’ films will be shown at the Little Theatre in downtown Rochester.

GUIDELINES:

  • Films and videos are created by high school teens
  • All genres are welcome
  • Videos must be appropriate for school-based audiences
  • Videos cannot exceed 10 minutes

The purpose of the festival is to honor the work of urban, suburban and rural teen filmmakers and give young people an authentic opportunity to participate in a real film festival. All submissions are judged by a jury and finalists have been elected to have their films shown at the Little Theatre.

This year, young filmmakers will again have a chance to earn the Philip Seymour Hoffman Award, which honors the life and legacy of the late Academy Award-winning actor and Fairport, N.Y. native. The annual award is given to the teen whose film is chosen by the judges as “Best of Fest” and was established in association with the Hoffman family.

To find the online entry form, and to see some films of past finalists, check out the website: www.wxxi.org/teenfilmfestival

The Summer of Space

This year, on July 20th, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. WXXI is celebrating with a series of programs all about space.

Wednesday, June 5th and Friday, June 7th: “Chasing the Moon” (Watch the preview)

Tuesday, July 9th: American Experience “Space Men” 

Tuesday, July 16th: NOVA “Apollo’s Daring Mission”

Wednesday, July 17th: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”

Tuesday, July 23rd: “A Year in Space”

Tuesday, July 30th: “Beyond a Year in Space”

Wednesday, July 31st: “The Farthest–Voyager in Space”

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

On April 15th, while we were on break, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. To view the announcement, visit the Pulitzer website. Below is the list of winners for each category in the Letters, Drama & Music section.

Fiction

Drama

History

Biography

Poetry

  • Be With, by Forrest Gander (Winner)
  • feeld, by Jos Charles (Finalist)
  • Like, by A.E. Stallings (Finalist)

General NonFiction

Music

  • p r i s m, by Ellen Reid (Winner)
  • Still, by James Romig (Finalist)
  • Sustain, by Andrew Norman (Finalist)

April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day

As part of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets is celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day this year on April 18th. Started in 2002, this celebration asks people to select a poem, carry it around in your pocket, and share it with other people in person and online. If you share it on social media, use the hashtag #pocketpoem.

For more information go to the poets.org website.

Project Look Sharp at Tech Camp!

Registration is open for the Summer Librarian Tech Camp. It has gone back from a two day camp,  to just one day out of the summer. This year it will be held on August 21st. The keynote will be Chris Sperry from Project Look Sharp who will focus on News and Media Literacy.

Project LookSharp is an outreach project at Ithaca College that provides training and materials for educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curriculum. As the media atmosphere is getting more and more misunderstood, it is imperative that our students are given the skills and resources to navigate the vast amounts of false information, as well as the vast amounts of real information, and the ability to discern which is which.

Project Look Sharp always does a fantastic job and we encourage you to attend.

There is a call for proposals for 45-minute workshop sessions, so if you feel inclined to share with your colleagues a topic that might fit here, we encourage you to do this as well.

Happy National Library Week!