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Conduct research examining the impact of media literacy education. Provide training in media literacy education to educators, health professionals and other adults working and living with youth. Train teens to present media literacy-based curriculum materials to their peers and younger audiences. Promote media literacy education as a strategy for health education.
Build community awareness about the importance of media literacy education and promote networking among media literacy educators.
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Media Literacy Skill Building Workshops Through its needs assessments involving individuals working with children and youth, the Center has identified strong community interest in workshops addressing media literacy education. The workshops the NW Center offers range in focus from media literacy basics to a series of skill building workshops. Peer Education Workshops Using media as a hook, Teen Futures Media Network, one of the Center's three main divisions, conducts numerous workshops for teens seeking to become presenters.
These media literacy-based workshops deed to address specific teen health issues have been held throughout Washington State.
Teens attending the workshops receive training to become presenters of media literacy-based curriculum materials for their peers and younger audiences. Multimedia Production Workshops Teen Futures has presented multimedia product development workshops focused on a range of health topics including youth suicide prevention, school violence prevention and substance abuse prevention.
NW Center workshops are deed to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles, encourage critical thinking and promote reflection on the targeted health issue. Distance Learning The NW Center has a long history in providing consultation and training via distance learning dating back to the mids when Director, Marilyn Cohen, moderated Washington State's first online media literacy distance learning program for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The project reached elementary and secondary teachers who had learned about media literacy as a strategy and were attempting to integrate media literacy education into their classrooms. These conferences which it began organizing in have been deed to introduce and reinforce strategies for teaching youth to become critical media consumers and savvy media producers.
As an example the series of Images of Youth conferences it held in Washington State focused on teen health issues e. Retreats focusing on media production skill building, media literacy and media advocacy as well as specific health topics such teen pregnancy prevention are just a few examples here. Youth Generated Website: wwww. This virtual clubhouse with direction from its teen board encourages BGCKC members of all ages to produce their own media and showcase their work on this site. The Media Clubhouse site was launched with a focus on the subjects of nutrition, physical activity and media.
Department of Health and Human Services. This multifaceted campaign included a contest promoting pregnancy prevention that encouraged youth to produce multimedia messages in 15 different. Teen Futures has also worked with Washington's Youth Suicide Prevention Project, conducting teen media production workshops statewide for the purpose of creating a series of media products to foster awareness about the warning s for youth suicide.
Curriculum Development The NW Center has created a variety of developmentally appropriate curriculum materials. TISSAM's goal is to reduce the of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers.
The curriculum made possible with funding from the Washington State Department of Health DOH requires active inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving skills of both its teen audience as well as its teen presenters. Through its lessons, teens become engaged in questioning and reexamining their own knowledge, attitudes and choices regarding sexual and reproductive health issues.
Development and field testing of this curriculum continued from Lessons include a wide array of imagery as well as videos and activities to engage a teen audience in the issues being presented. It is important to note that all lesson material is based on the work of teens at pilot sites across Washington State. Every image, statistic, video and activity has been included because teens determined that these were the materials that would have the most impact on their audience.
The lessons are deed for presentation by high school age teens to a middle school audience. Following its development, teams of high school students presented this curriculum unit to their peers throughout the state. The unit was a part of wide scale field testing effort from when it was used throughout Washington State in schools as well as in community settings.
Lessons are deed for presentation by high school age teens to their peers as well as younger audiences. It is important to note that all lesson material is based on images, videos and activities selected by teens at pilot sites across Washington State. Powerful Choices Powerful Choices is a media literacy-based curriculum unit focused on the subjects of nutrition and physical activity.
Boys and Girls Club staff and teen members were trained to serve as presenters of this unit using training materials the NW Center developed for the Clubs. The accompanying tool kit contains all the major materials required for presenting this curriculum unit.
Powerful Choices is not available for distribution at this time. This resource was created for use by Washington's teachers who received Teen Aware Project grants through the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to engage their students in creating abstinence-based media campaigns from Material in this guide is now integrated into the website: www.
This curriculum unit was developed and refined over a four-year period in collaboration with Seattle School District teachers; the unit was piloted in middle and high schools in Seattle. One of the goals of the unit is to encourage students to consider actions that could be taken both collectively and as individuals to prevent violence in their own school.
Following the completion of the unit, many of the students implemented some of their ideas.
Research Teen Futures Media Network is committed to research. Not only does it use its research capabilities to examine the effectiveness of its own media literacy education projects, it also provides consultation regarding research questions to groups across the United States.
Marilyn Cohen, Ph. She has also worked in collaboration with Erica Austin, Ph. In addition she has worked in collaboration with Joanne Lisosky, Ph. See the Research section for information regarding publications describing these projects and their. Online Resources The Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy continues its work to raise awareness about the importance of media literacy education and the need for making it a priority in this media-driven world in which we all now live.
The Center shares many resources online for those visiting its websites. For this reason, website development has become a major project at the Center to facilitate its broad outreach efforts. See the Website Development section of this site for more information about the websites the NW Center makes available.