Choose from the latest ICMC Professional Development workshops.
1. Using Media & Technology to Improve Common Core Outcomes
These dynamic techniques foster strong literacy skills, promote thinking, reasoning and teamwork skills and increase educator confidence in using technology. The result: better learning and happy students. All Grades.
2. Media-Based Learning Strategies for ELL Learners
Essential methods for using narrative media to stimulate discussion, prompt critical thinking and improve ELL students’ abilities in many common core frameworks. All Grades
3. My First Media - Practical Pedagogies for Using Media to Improve ECE
With this dynamic PD, educators will be able to improve literacy skills, teach higher order thinking and help their youngest students develop a positive relationship to media. See our evidence-based approaches on video. PreK-1st.
4. Instant RECESS – What to Do When Students Get “Wiggly”
Instant RECESS helps educators regain control on chaotic or unpredictable days. Teachers learn lively, simple physical and vocal techniques to boost classroom energy and focus. Prek-5th.
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After two months of research and outreach to Los Angeles public schools in severely challenged neighborhoods, the ICMC has identified four potential school partners for bringing the wildly successful My First Media program to LA. Meetings will be held with early childhood teams at each school in September and the school selected for the 12 day program will be announced in November, when instructional sessions will also commence.
Media are the most influential forces in children’s lives and an understanding of media is crucial for success in a global, digital culture. ICMC programs will introduce new ways of thinking about media and redefine how we, as a culture, view and use media.
HELP US pick the movies! If you are age 6-18 and you want to be part of the ICFilmKid Club, send us your information and we’ll post our new films on line for you to rate. Before you start, we’ll give you a special training webinar, so you know what to watch for! Sign-up now to be an ICFilmKid.
ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske heads to LA to present to the board of Women in Film before they make their final selections of grant recipients for professional PSA productions. If the ICMC's pitch is successful, professional actors, writers, producers and directors from LA will be working with us to create a 45-second PSA for national distribution to help kids across the country learn how to "watch a movie with their minds awake."
The mixed-media animated film 'The Cosmic Avenger' capitvated audiences with it's fantastical settings and colorful characters, winning the the "Best of Fest" prize from the second annual ICFilmFest at Club One in Pilsen.
Enthusiastic festival voters commented on their favorite films:
The Cosmic Avenger - "It was cool the way they did the pictures. They look different and funny." - Damian
Kingdom of Cats - "My favorite is 'Kingdom of Cats' because it was so wonderful to look at and the phantom is actually nice." - Melanie Labra
Flap Crashers - "'Flap Crashers' really showed me not to give up." - Nicolas
Lexdysia - "I like 'Lexdysia' best because it shows how dyslexia can be like a monster. Even the title was creative. - Jon
Ormie - "I liked 'Ormie.' It taught me sometimes you don't always get what you want no matter how hard you try." - Miranda Liu
The 2014 My First Media program at Kozminski Community Academy concluded with a special ICFilmFest screening that gave parents the chance to see their kids demonstrating what they learned in the class.
Bix Pix Entertainment, producer of BAMKids and My First Media favorite “Miro” has won best TV series at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival for their show "Tumble Leaf."
Following the adventures of Fig the Fox and his best friend Stick, a caterpillar, "Tumble Leaf" brings high-quality stop-motion to Amazon Primes debut original children's series. The character Fig is an evolution of the thoughtful character from the ICMC audience favorite film 'Miro' that was enjoyed by so many in our festivals and programs. Watch the trailer.
That's what teachers and parents at Kozminski school said when they saw My First Media in action. Here's why: Think of how many times children engage screens each day. Now imagine what would happen if children used higher order thinking skills every time they turned on a screen.
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Director Gaston Vizcarra announces that post production for "Eduin" has been extended to create new graphics, special effects and sound. Marketing for the film will commence in November, with the world premier scheduled for December, 2014. Based on the magic and myth of the Andes and shot in one of the rarest ecosystems on earth, we know you want to see this movie!
The ICMC is a nonprofit cultural and educational organization dedicated to transforming the way children use, view and engage electronic screens.
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