DOE educators discuss students' artistic voices at a Blueprint professional development day. Photo courtesy of MOME.
July 1, 2011 - To finish off the school year, more than fifty Department of Education educators met at the Museum of the Moving Image to participate in a discussion about finding students’ artistic voices. The day was part of their ongoing involvement with the Moving Image Blueprint, a curriculum guide that focuses on media arts instruction.
The goal of the professional development day, which took place on June 15, was to engage the teachers in an open dialogue about student voice and to help students find their own voice through their own experiences when making films.
Clips were shown from the film Do the Right Thing as an example to show how director Spike Lee’s use of his voice informed his filmmaking style. The group then broke out by grade level where participants explored the hows and whys of helping students develop a unique artistic voice through an open technology based activity followed by activities that teachers can use in their own classrooms.