Click Youth Media and Student Reporting Labs
Since 2018, I have been working with PBS Wisconsin Education in developing Click, a professional community of educators and students across the state who are working to improve digital storytelling and digital media production. As part of the development team, I visited each education site, facilitated workshops with staff from PBS Wisconsin Education, and partnered with PBS in planning the Click Youth Media Festival. As part of this work, I also served as a Media Mentor for PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs.
In the summer of 2018, I teamed with the staff from PBS Wisconsin Education to bring 70 youth from around the state for the first ever Click Youth Media Festival. I wrote and was awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant so that we could invite all youth and educators to attend free of charge. With this help, we were able to bring 70 youth, ages 10-18, to work alongside members from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, PBS Wisconsin Education and WPR, and UW School of Education. Youth worked in teams and had one day to conduct interviews, capture B-roll footage, edit content, and create two minute segments. The day concluded with a celebratory film festival where youth and educators had the chance to watch their work, offer peer feedback, and receive input from experts.
In the summer of 2019, I teamed with PBS Wisconsin Education and Student Reporting Labs in bringing 24 Wisconsin Educators together for a three day intensive video production workshop for the Click Teacher Summer Camp. I’ve been honored to share more about this work with the Joan Ganz Cooney Blog series joint initiative with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, By/With/For Youth: Inspiring Next Gen Public Media Audiences through this blog post.
As a Education Producer at PBS Wisconsin Education, I co-produced educational content for elementary and middle school classrooms:
Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms that introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.
Carrie Frost: Fly Fishing Boss is part of Wisconsin Biographies, a collection of free educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards.
EMMET: Exploring Making through Mobile Emerging Technology
For the last two years, I have worked as a research assistant on the NSF funded research study, EMMET: Exploring Making Through Mobile Emerging Technologies. A partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Northcentral Technical College (NTC), this program trains high school students to become maker mentors and provides them the opportunity to travel to local communities and provide youth with technical equipment through the use of a mobile maker trailer. As a research assistant, I have assisted in trainings, conducted ethnographic data collection, conducted interviews, and worked part of the larger research and planning team.
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, in connection with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Google developed Making Spaces, a project to provide schools help to jumpstart and sustain maker practices. For two years as a media mentor, I composed and produced kickstarter videos for three local schools.