Special Workshop on Gender and Media Literacy!!

In recognition of Media Literacy Week 2010 the DLP is offering a free special workshop on Gender and Media Literacy for schools and community groups!!!

Youth participants will explore the gender roles and stereotypes in the mainstream media they encounter daily. Discussions on why gender stereotypes go unquestioned and how they inform our personal experiences and relationships will be encouraged. Along with developing the skills to analyze the media they engage with on a daily basis, the participants will have the opportunity to learn either digital photo manipulation or video editing software as they work to create their own print ad or commercial that plays with the discussed issues. The level of complexity of the workshop will be modified to meet the specific needs of each group.

Duration: 4 to 6 sessions of 1.5 hours. This is flexible and can be modified to fit the needs/schedule of the group.

Location: Workshops can take place at the Atwater Library's Computer Classroom or at a school or community centre, depending on the size of the group and the technical capabilities of off-site locations.

If you are an educator or community worker interesting in setting up this special workshop for your group, please contact Digital Literacy Project coordinator Robin Kelley at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca to set up a meeting!

Fall Workshops 2010

Summer may be over but the DLP is heating up for seven new partnership projects taking place this fall!

New partner organizations for Fall 2010 include Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi NDG’s Jeunes en Action, Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Sud-Ouest de Montréal’s Jeunes en Action, Contactivity Centre, John F. Kennedy High School, Quebec 4 H, Trafalgar School for Girls, and the Yellow Door Elderly Project’s Ribbon Social Club!

The DLP is excited to being a new partnership with Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi NDG’s Jeunes en Action! Youth from the Jeunes en Action program will be coming to the Library on Tuesday afternoons during September and October to learn about digital photo manipulation and video. With the help of new media artist and educator Zohar Kfir, participants will learn the skills to creatively express themselves in using a combination of still and moving images while developing their repertoires of digital media production.

The Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Sud-Ouest de Montréal’s Jeunes en Action program is another new partnership for the DLP! Under the guidance of a DLP facilitator, youth from the program will learn new media skills that will strengthen their employment portfolios and broaden their tools and skills for self-expression! The group will begin their workshop with artist and art educator Nilesh Patel, learning digital photography and photo manipulation.

Youth involved in clubs from the Quebec 4 H will be coming to the Library this September for a special workshop on social technology, with a focus on blogging! The Quebec 4 H promotes the personal development of youth in agricultural and rural communities. Approximately 20 youth are set to descend upon the Computer Classroom to learn about the history and varied uses of blogs, as well as how to set up and manage a blog for each of their individual clubs! This is a great opportunity for the youth to share about their unique activities and experiences and communicate with each other. The workshop will be instructed by Zohar Kfir and Arwen Fleming.

Trafalgar School for Girls will also be partnering with the DLP for the first time! The youth from Ms. Litvack’s grade 10 art class and Ms. Jarrett's grade 11 North American Literature class will be coming together for a special workshop combining media and digital literacy. In connection with this year’s Media Literacy Week the DLP is offering workshops relating to this year’s theme – Gender and Media Literacy. With the guidance of Skye Maule-O'Brien, participants will learn to identify and break down gender representations in the media and then use their new knowledge to create a poster with a positive gender representation that they'd like to see in the media.

Students from Isabelle Duclose's Ethics class at John F. Kennedy High School will also be participating in a gender, media and digital literacy themed workshop. Skye Maule-O'Brien, Robin Kelley and the participants will identify and break down gender representations in the media and then play with gender stereotypes to create a short video.

The DLP is excited to be working with the Yellow Door’s Elderly Project Ribbon Social Club for the first time. Artist and educator Kristy Boisvert will be leading the group through a basic digital photography and photo manipulation workshop. We hope to have an exhibition of the works created by participants to celebrate their achievements at the end of the workshop!

Seniors from the Contactivity Center will be participating in Sharing Stories: An Introduction to Video Making, a four part workshop taking place during October. This introductory video workshop is designed for seniors interested in learning new technologies so that they can share with other generations. The goal is to combat intergenerational isolation by giving seniors the skills to use the media young people engage with on a regular basis. With the help of artist and educator Nina Pariser, participants will have the opportunity to tell a story, document one's life, and share with their families using video.

Head and Hands Young Parents Program returns for more DLP fun! This fall the group will be visiting the Library for a blogging workshop, instructed by Liz Perrin, expert adult educator and computer course instructor here at the Library! Liz will walk participants through the steps to setting up and managing a blog, and discuss the various uses and considerations involved in blogging!