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ILLUMINATIONS: OCTOBER 2008

Headlight

~the latest news from The LAMP~

Fall is in full swing here at the LAMP! We have officially started our residency with P.S. 107, working with third graders twice a week exploring the news in print and digital media. By analyzing current news stories and creating their own newspapers and broadcasts, students are learning to ask questions about what they see in papers, on TV and on the web. This month, we'll start our workshops with the Center for the Urban Environment in Documentary and Non-fiction Video as well as our Family Video Workshop--marking our first bilingual classes.

The LAMP has also started a partnership with the first green high school in Brooklyn, negotiating a long-term collaboration training both faculty and students in media literacy. We are so excited for this opportunity to be part of the green movement in education, and to explore the ways that media impact and represent our environment on a local and global scale. Details will be forthcoming, so stay tuned to our website and newsletters for more information!

On Saturday September 20th, the LAMP was honored to be included in a day of workshops kicking off One Web Day. We joined Creative Commons, Democracy in Action, Grassroots.org and others to activate and educate people about key issues facing the role of the Internet in our lives. Media education is fundamental to a healthy experience on the web, and we were so pleased to be included.

Did you know about all of the different ways you can follow the LAMP? For key resources and news stories, you can find our bookmarks and reviews on del.icio.us.com and stumbleupon.com. To see our favorite videos and to watch original work created by our students, check us out on Youtube. Flickr is your stop to see photos from our workshops and share your work with us, and show your support by adding us as a friend on Facebook and following our Twitter feed. Of course, don't forget about our blog, The LAMPpost, for the latest LAMP news and to get our take on what's new in the world of media.

If you're interested in getting involved with the LAMP, why not volunteer? Our rapid growth means that we are needing more help and can use people to assist in classrooms, help out at events, edit videos, design graphics and more. To find out more, send us an email explaining what you'd like to do, how much time you can give us and your age.

 

Spotlight

~Kate Davey~

Occupation: Outreach Development, findingDulcinea.com.

Favorite websites: Perhaps my favorite, other than Finding Dulcinea, is PBS Frontline. I also like The Women on the Web.

Favorite movie: In America. It's this sweet film about an Irish family and all of their hopes for living in America in the 1980s. Despite the harsh reality of their existence, the girls are so wonderfully full of life.

How did FindingDulcinea get started?We started in September of 2006 as a way to help Internet users easily and quickly find credible information on the Web, in a way that search engines cannot. We have 25 full-time expert Web researchers and writers that find the most comprehensive sites on the Web, organize them by topic, and add original narrative that provides further context, insight and research strategies for our readers.

What is your favorite part of the website?Our Education Initiative page, which offers hundreds of Web guides for teachers, with educational resources like lesson plans, homework help for parents and students, Internet safety tips and much more.

How does FindingDulcinea encourage media literacy?FindingDulcinea encourages media literacy through teaching people how to evaluate the resources they find on the Internet, and how to go beyond the headline of a story to find more information. And, of course, by working with LAMP!

Gaslight

~a look back at this month in media history~


October 6, 1949: "Tokyo Rose" was sentenced for treason in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She had broadcast Japanese propaganda to U.S. troops in the Pacific during World War II, but was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

October 22, 1962: President John F. Kennedy appeared on television to inform Americans of the existence of Soviet missiles on Cuba. He demanded their removal and announced a naval "quarantine" of Cuba.

October 30, 1938: The War of the Worlds broadcast threw millions of Americans into a panic. Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre dramatized the story by H.G. Wells about Martians invading New Jersey, using simulated news radio bulletins which many listeners thought were real.

 

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