My First Media Adventure
Having spent several years working in a photography studio, I am no stranger to standing behind a camera and looking at the world through a lens. Capturing a scene from different angles is an art form and a skill that I developed over time. After many years, I began handing cameras over to children and a new appreciation for multipleperspectives emerged. If you have ever wondered what the world looks like through a child's eyes, you will enjoy this video that highlights some of the images that have been captured during Screen Savvy Kids' media adventures with young children.
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A Balanced Approach to Raising Screen Savvy Kids
When making decisions about the role that technology plays in their children's (and their own) lives, it is important for parents to have support and guidance.
The following tips provide guidance for parents to make informed decisions about the role that media plays in shaping their family's lifestyle.
- Raise awareness & lead by example.The very first step to becoming media literate is becoming more aware of how pervasive media is in our lives... READ MORE.
Digital Artists Club
When I first designed Digital Artists Club, I wanted to give students the opportunity to explore and evaluate a variety of digital tools while expressing their inner artists. I was thrilled to have the course run for the first time in 2014 at Worcester Think Tank. Each week, students delved into a different topic including: digital photography, logo creation, and stop-motion animation. Some of the photos captured from that first session are highlighted in this video. READ MORE...
Why Media Literacy is so Important for Children Today
Could you go 24 hours without the internet or your cell phone? Media and communication technologies play an important role in our daily lives, but many of us worry about the impact that it has on our children. Not only are we concerned with the amount of time children spend in front of a screen, but we are also concerned about the content they absorb.
Media literacy allows children (and families) to become more aware of both intended and unintended media messages. Children learn to create and think critically about these media messages. These skills allow children to take control of the media that surrounds them, rather than letting it control them. Here are 10 reasons why media literacy should be on your radar. READ MORE...
Imagine, Design, Create: An Introduction to 3D Printing
This workshop was a collaboration between Screen Savvy Kids and Worcester Think Tank. Students were introduced to 3D printing with a focus on expressing one's self through the graphic design of original objects and logos. Using a media literacy framework designed to engage students' critical thinking and communication skills, classes frequently used storytelling and storyboarding to compliment objects and designs created. Students in the class were introduced to computer aided design (CAD), 2D and 3D perspective drawing, 3D printing methods, and basic geometric principles such as perimeter, area and volume. READ MORE...
Intro to Video Production: Creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Intro to Video Production: My First Movie at Screen Savvy Kids Camp
Digital Storytelling for the Holidays
In this workshop children ages 6- to 9-years-old create their own digital stories about the holidays! The workshop focuses on developing students' communication and critical thinking skills, while exploring digital tools for creativity and self-expression. Students learn about internet safety by creating their own avatars and they are reminded about keeping personal information private when they share their stories and artwork on their blog. The samples provided in this blog post are from a workshop run during and after-school program at an elementary school in Central MA where students wrote about their family traditions. READ MORE...
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