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DIY Digital Media Toolkit

DYI Media Toolkit

Inspired by the cool http://www.dynebolic.org CD, CTC VISTA Morgan Sully is creating a DIY Digital Media Toolkit/CD-ROM. This cross-platform CD will include a small collection of free creative tools/software for youth to manipulate images, record sound and upload/share their media. Morgan notes the tools can be used on their own or with the tutorial and resource links, including iMovie and Windows Movie Maker (for assembling projects). In this web-based version of Morgan's toolkit you cannot install the software but he provided helpful links below.

>>Click here to download the toolkit and copy/read the instructions below.

Instructions for Creating the Digital Media Toolkit
1) Create a new folder on your Desktop called 'Digital Media Toolkit'
2) Put the 'OPEN ME FIRST' HTML (included with this email) into it.
3) Within that folder, create 2 new folders. One entitled 'PC' and
another entitled 'Mac OS'
4) Download both Mac and PC versions of any of the software on the cd
and put them in these respective folders

*The software you will need can be found at:

Note that you can freely 'remix' the 'OPEN ME FIRST' file for your own programs!


Multimedia Magazine Curriculum
CTC VISTA Cara Powers recently launched her new blog and posted information about her ideas on developing a youth multimedia magazine program.
The mission is "to empower youth through creative exploration of multimedia technology as a means of communication and transmission of ideas and information." The overarching goal is "to facilitate a media canvas that will serve as a multifaceted approach to communicating information and ideas in an interactive and engaging way."

>>Click here to view the curriculum and enjoy Cara's wonderful blog.


Children's Partnership/ContentBank Youth Blogging Curriculum
CTC VISTA Danielle Martin recently posted a link to new curriculum from The Children's Partnership that includes preparation materials, step-by-step instructions, handouts, an evaluation form, and more.

>>Click here to view the curriculum.

Something other resources that Digital Media with Youth VISTAs might like to explore with youth: http://www.graffiticreator.net/

More links on the way...


New Media in the Art Classroom

New Media in the Art Classroom: Teacher Workbook
This workbook is an overview of digital storytelling as well as teacher tips for art classroom facilitation. Nettrice Gaskins prepared this document for a session she taught in early December 2005. K-12 teachers learned how to create new and interesting dynamic (time-based) stories or movies using found materials such as photos, video clips using found materials such as photos, video clips and text on the computer. They explored new media and how it related to active learning. This session was an introduction to new media as a field.

From a very young age students are exposed to technology that offers them hands-on, fast-paced activities such as gaming. In the CompassLearning Odyssey Newsletter on Best Practices in Education the author writes about keeping students motivated by providing the same kinds of engaging activities they are used to at home.

>>Click here to download the workbook.

Active Learning
There are quite a few web resources available that deal with moving young people past passive learning to active learning, to find better ways of engaging students in the learning process. But many teachers feel a need for help in imagining what to do that would constitute a meaningful set of active learning activities.

Consider these tips based on the Active Learning model/concept:
- Create small groups of young people and have them make a decision or answer a focused question periodically,
- Find ways for youth to engage in real dialogue with people other than fellow classmates who know something about the subject (on the web, by email, or live),
- Have participants keep a journal or build a "learning portfolio" about their own thoughts, learning, feelings, etc.,
- Find ways of helping young people observe (directly or indirectly) the subject or action they are trying to learn, and/or
- Find ways to allow youth to actually do (directly, or indirectly with case studies, simulation or role play) that which they need to learn to do.

Also, here are some links to check out:
http://magazines.fasfi nd.com/wwwtools/m/2530.cfm?x=0&cuID=67&rid=2530

For more information feel free to join the discussion.

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Email: nettrice@gmail.com