With the 2016-2017 School Year off to a great start here in Montreal, we have much to report from HOME. (Isn't our Hands On Media Education acronym so good?!)
Where to start...
Our free workshop contest and Teacher Survey has been very informative for us, with over 30 teachers responding with how they use technology in the classroom. Did you know 100% of our teacher respondents use some kind of tech in the classroom, but 86.2% are wanting to learn more about media literacy and hands-on workshops at future Professional Development opportunities?? Luckily for them, this is why we exist, and we are excited to help them grow and learn soon. Contest deadline is October 31st 2016, so please share the survey, and help us serve Canadian educators as best we can!
Our new workshop season got off with a bang, starting with a great partnership with Vallum Poetry Magazine to deliver several iPad Stop Motion Animation + Poetry Workshops at the alternative outreach highschool Perspectives II. Each group of students pre-selected a poem which they used as inspiration for their animations, and then worked as a team to develop a story and storyboard. They then created their own clay characters, and took a series of images using iPads. Sound, titles and credits were added, followed by a group screening of their final productions, and what an incredible and inspiring collection of work they produced! Stories of break-ups, daydreaming, and Black Lives Matter are just a few examples. Take a look at one here, titled "The Flower of Love".
November is going to be one of our busiest months, as the word has spread throughout the EMSB of our workshops, and so have several booked with Perspectives I, II and Venture in Verdun. We also have the exciting news of Media Literacy Week, a national Media Literacy and Education campaign October 31st - November 5th 2016.
Because the theme of MWL this year is "Makers & Creators" our HOME workshops are a perfect fit, and as such, have been invited to collaborate on a few exciting events.
Thursday Nov. 3: In partnership with kidsCODEjeunesse, we are hosting 4 FREE student workshops @ Notman House, delivering iPad Stop Motion Animation & Coding for kids in both English et en francais. Nearby schools have already been invited and registered.
If you are interested in learning how we can help you, your staff and students incorporate technology into the classroom or workspace through engaging, educational and fun activities, please get in touch! We would be happy to speak with you about how our hands-on, customized and effective workshops can bring 21st century skills and learning to any pedagogical objective.