Watch, Listen, Learn: The Media Arts Studio

Media Makers


Media Arts Studio production work is now available on the CRLS Facebook!

Graham and Parks 5th Grade Memoirs
The Media Arts Studio was once again pleased to welcome Ms. Levine’s 5th grade class from the Graham and Parks school to come by and record their memoir projects as the final step in their cumulative writ­ing unit. Twenty-one students took a turn in front of the micro­phone to read their stories! The memoirs are now available as podcasts on the CPS website. Listen here >>

CRLS Media, Technology, & Digital Arts Professional Learning Community
This fall, 7 CRLS educators from the Media Arts, Visual Performing Arts, and RSTA programs enrolled in a Professional Learning Community 10-Hour choice PD course, to identify areas for collaboration across their disciplines.

Co-facilitated by Media Arts Studio Manager Ginny Berkowitz, and CRLS Instructional Technology Specialist Nicole Hart, the PLC aims to align and identify commonalities in standards and skill sets of their curricula.

The course’s format is a hybrid model of face-to-face sessions hosted at the Media Arts Studio, as well as online work (class discussions with open-ended questions) via Google Classroom. Participants in the PLC are using the recently-redesigned ISTE Educator and Student standards to look at how the work they do with students prepares them to become: Empowered Learners, Digital Citizens, Knowledge
Constructors, Innovative Designers, Computational Thinkers, Creative Communicators, and Global Collaborators.

Participants in this course have been teaching in a 1:1 environment for many years, and aim to redesign projects to include more online-based tools so that students may have access to explore a variety of creative outlets while outside the classroom. Projects include redesigning a media literacy unit, creating Adobe Premiere editing software tutorials, integrating video production into the photography curricula, evaluating new graphic design and media production software, exploring professional development opportunities for teachers in creative arts, developing a genealogy digital storytelling unit for after school Media Arts students, and creating a podcasting distribution format.

“While our school has regularly-scheduled department times, there’s often no time for inter-department collaborations,” said CRLS Instructional Technology Specialist, Nicole Hart. “CRLS is such a large school with such a talented group of educators, and we wanted to honor that and create an opportunity for forward-thinking, technology-embracing participants to come together in this unique setting to share ideas about teaching with technology. We’re excited to see how this impacts our Media Arts, VPA, and RSTA students.”
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