CPTV to Air Documentary on ProgramThat Connects Class Work to Career Success

Release Date: 09/26/2012

 

CPTV to Air Documentary on Program
That Connects Class Work to Career Success
 
“Media Is Magic 2012” Premiers Friday, Sept. 28
Featuring 7th Graders from SAND School in Hartford
 
Media Is Magic, a media-enrichment collaboration between America’s Choice at SAND Elementary School, Hartford Public Schools and Connecticut Public Television that has helped children develop the academic, technical and life skill needed for success, will the subject of an original documentary that will premier on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. on CPTV.
 
The show, Media Is Magic 2012: See Learning Through a Whole New Lens, will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 p.m. This half-hour special – produced and edited by Media Lab graduate and lead instructor Julia Kwon – follows the students’ progress and personal growth in the program over the past year.
 
The Media Is Magic (MIM)program focuses on increasing student engagement and academic achievement in middle school, which research has identified as a critical intervention point to keep students on the path toward high school graduation. Through project-based learning and mentoring from industry professionals and college interns, MIM helps students connect their studies to real life and equips them with academic and workforce skills to position them for future success. Karina Baez, an eighth grade student, attributed improved math grades to the program, “I went from a ‘C’ to a ‘B.’”
 
This premiere evidences the effective partnership which embeds literacy and life skills development into an elective class. This innovative concept uses journalism and technical media skills to improve student research, storytelling and presentation skills as well as reinforcing the curriculum being learned in core classes. “We were fortunate to have a core of returning students to serve as peer leaders to the seventh graders,” Paul Pfeffer, CPBN’s manager of education services noted, “along with the enthusiastic support of SAND social studies teacher, Mr. Marcus Jennings, these eighth graders proved that substantive academic and personal development gains derive from deepened engagement.” Another student in the program, Jose Melendez, reflected that, “In this program I found myself.”
 
The students in the SAND Media Enrichment Program learn to work with media production equipment, including HD video and still cameras; tripods; professional microphones, cables and microphone stands; and interview lighting kits. Video editing software is installed in all the computers in the classrooms. Training on the use of the equipment, which includes proper set-up, break down and storage, is provided, along with learning to recognize and critically evaluate the elements of a professional video production.
 
Donna Sodipo, director of education services at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), commented on the program. “This partnership affords students early exposure to the digital media industry and more importantly the academic skill set required for success. Throughout this elective class, intentional linkages are made to the Journalism and Media Academy and our partnership alignment with the district—serving as the satellite campus for the senior class completing their capstone project at the Learning Lab at CPBN.” 
 
The Media Lab, part of CPBN’s Department of Education Services, develops production and instructional expertise by providing a learning opportunity for college students and recent graduates with an interest in digital media and journalism. Media Lab interns serve as additional mentors and technical experts.
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