Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Drop Everything and Read Posters and T-Shirts

We are excited to announce that information and resources for the 2011 Drop Everything and Read challenge are now available at http://dropeverythingandreadbc.ca/!

For 2011, resources include posters and t-shirts.

Drop Everything and Read...

WHEN: Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

WHERE: Wherever you are!

HOW: Stop whatever it is that you are doing and...just read!

WHY: Because the love of reading is a beautiful, valuable, lifelong habit that everyone should enjoy, every day.

For more information, visit the Drop Everything and Read website at http://dropeverythingandreadbc.ca/, and/or follow @BCTLA_DEAR on Twitter!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deadline Extended!: BCTLA Summer Institute (July 26)

2011 BCTLA Summer Institute: Social Media, Media Literacy, and Youth Culture

Date: July 26, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rockridge Secondary School, 5350 Headland Street, West Vancouver
Cost: $50
Contact: Arlene Anderson, BCTLA Professional Development Chairperson, arander@sd45.bc.ca

Registration: contact Arlene as above and/or download registration form; deadline July 15

Join Wendy Chen, a doctoral candidate in Media, Culture, and Education at New York University, to learn how students are shaping the information landscape as writers and publishers as well as how you can help your students use digital content critically. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $50.00. Register via email with Arlene Anderson: arander@sd45.bc.ca.
Registration deadline: July 15, 2011.

The proliferation of mobile technologies and the intensifying forces of globalization have significantly expanded the possibilities for communication, collaboration, and participation in media cultures. Join us as we explore some of the key developments – citizen journalism, online social justice campaigns, digital remixes and mashups – and their relevance for a new generation of 21st-Century learners. Provocative visual examples of user-generated content and discussion of key concepts will illuminate the power of social media and consequently, the changing notions of creativity and community.

Outside school walls, in leisure time and other informal learning environments, young people develop a range of media expertise. These skills and competencies are rarely addressed in the classroom. Why is media education necessary, and how can it be approached in the service of critical thinking? How do we prepare young people to navigate their complex, mediated realities? This workshop employs hands-on activities and current media resources to explore the ways in which curriculum can be made relevant to students' everyday experiences in the media-saturated landscape.