Modern Media Makers (M3)
M3: NAMLE’s Youth Media Production Inititiave
NAMLE is dedicated to spreading media literacy by educating the next generation of media producers through direct instruction in media creations skills.
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M3 at NAMLE 2013
At our conference, NAMLE provides an opportunity for youth to meet and network with media makers from around the U.S. and the world, visit with conference attendees, learn about youth media in the host city, and share their work with peers, educators, and professional media producers. While other conferences concern youth, NAMLE’s conference includes youth. Not only is this a wonderful opportunity for the young people themselves, it is also an opportunity for adult attendees to be surrounded by and learn from young people.
After participating in M3, youth leave with skills and experiences that will be invaluable to them as thoughtful creators of media, whether they pursue careers or practice as hobbyists and conscientious audiences of media. By working on a project related to the conference theme, they will be able to connect new ideas to their technical skills and share knowledge with members of their group. This year’s workshops include:
- Hack-a-Thon: Youth work with members of the Mozilla Foundation team to learn the Popcorn web programming language.
- Youth Mentorships: Interested youth meet with a practicing attendee whose skills align with the youth’s interests.
- Youth/Adult Co-learning: Young and old study the Popcorn language together in pairs, using it to explore themes common to each of them.
The goal of the camp is that youth leave with skills and experiences that will be invaluable to them as thoughtful creators of media, whether they pursue careers or practice as hobbyists, and conscientious audiences of media. While most of participants’ time will be spent on production & programming, they will also have the opportunity to attend a conference session and visit with local youth media organizations and see what they do. By working on a project related to the conference theme, they will be able to connect new ideas to their technical skills and share knowledge with members of their group. They will make connections and friends from around the world that will expose and encourage them to think differently about media.
A Look Back: Media Production Camp at NAMLE 2011 Conference
At our 2011 Conference in Philadelphia, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) brought together 20 youth from the best youth media programs around the country to take part in a production camp during the NAMLE 2011 Conference (July 22-25th). The Modern Media Makers (M3) production camp 2011 resembled a “48-Hour Film Festival,” with a focus on the NAMLE Conference theme: Global Visions/Local Connections: Voices in Media Literacy Education. Our goal was to bring young voices to the forefront of that conversation – and to have fun doing it.
Are you an educator interested in bringing youth to the conference?
The NAMLE Conference brings together hundreds of the best minds in media literacy education from around the country and the world. By attending the conference with youth from your organization, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other educators and media makers that share your commitment to smart media consumption and creation, and to hear from the vanguard in both research and practice. You will take away fresh ideas to implement in your own educational setting.
If you are interested in participating in the M3 Production Camp, please contact Annelise Wunderlich, M3 Co-Chair.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of M3?
Conference organizers are hoping to be able to fully subsidize the costs of the production camp for youth participants. For many, these expenses will include travel, accommodation, boarding, and transportation during the duration of their stay. Increasingly difficult fiscal times will prohibit many worthy groups from coming on their own, without some help.
We are reaching out to individuals, organizations, foundations, who are willing to sponsor a group of youth to travel to the conference to participate in the camp this summer. If you are a champion of education rights and media literacy, this is a great opportunity to get involved with one of the largest global organizers of media literacy education and impact the lives of youth. We aren’t asking you to do this singularly, but collectively we can give every young person involved the chance for a positive, enrichment experience that will change their life.
Please email Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin for information about sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, contact Annelise Wunderlich, M3 Co-Chair.
We hope to see you there!