I've been really busy lately but I can share the reason now with you guys. Love your feedback, input and comments.
We've been working on a nationwide pilot for a Media Smart Day with Cable in the Classroom. The pilots are all going off this week and next, or early January. I'll be traveling to NY, CT, and PA to visit 3 of them next week (hope the weather is kind!)
The idea is that students plan and organize the activities for their own Media Smart Day. That way, they can all be different, but still be part of a national movement. Plus have support from local cable operators. I explained more in my blog
, and here's also a link there to a newspaper article about the first pilot
in Lebanon, PA.
So far, the pilot school students have planned all sorts of activities, student-led workshops (both for teachers and students), presentations, and more. Some are in the classroom, some are like a "Field Day". We'd probably have more of those if it was a different time of year!
The goal is to create a set of resources, maybe tools, maybe other things so that schools can do their own Media Smart Day. The pilots are to make sure that these things are useful, evaluate impact, and figure out what different kinds of schools need to make this happen.
So far, what we HAVE shown is that the students surpassed all expectations for organization, creativity, and hard work. Not surprised, but really happy about that!
I'm totally excited about this and hope that you'll share your thoughts and reactions with me. Thanks in advance!