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The Last Leaf [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Arts in the Community | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Last Leaf [Youth-Produced Short Film]

An animation that follows the plight of a few small creatures. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24 sponsored by Hive Bay Area.

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The Box [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Arts in the Community | January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Box [Youth-Produced Short Film]

A childhood toy leads the way to a mysterious box. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24 sponsored by Hive Bay Area.

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Which is More Truthful: Words or Images? Students Weigh In

Arts | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Which is More Truthful: Words or Images? Students Weigh In

A combination of words and images can affect our understanding and interpretation of many things going on around us. Here are some thoughtful ideas presented by students about how captions affect the way we “read” photographs.

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Are Women Misrepresented in Video Games? Students Weigh In

Arts | December 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

Are Women Misrepresented in Video Games? Students Weigh In

Anita Sarkeesian, creator of Feminist Frequency, a website that analyzes patriarchy and misogyny in pop culture, has suffered all sorts of harassment for her successful video series. Harassers and angry gamers have made rape, bomb, and even death threats to Sarkeesian. You can read more about it in last week’s Do Now entitled Are Women […]

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Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

Arts | June 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?

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Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Arts in the Community | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Read about some amazing resource tips from Amy Ridlehuber Kingsley who was recently awarded the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Award. Amy has come up with 4 ways to boost your EdTech IQ this Summer.

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Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

Arts | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.

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Art Can Be Found Anywhere

Arts | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Art Can Be Found Anywhere

When we think of art, we typically think of an oil canvas painting hanging in a museum. This week, we challenged students to expand their notion of art and to identify it in everyday places like a subway station wall.

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Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

Arts | May 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.

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Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Arts | May 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Chances are you’ve spotted the bright, vibrant colors out of the corner of your eye, splashed across the wall by graffiti artists for everyone to see, but are these pieces a form of art or an act of vandalism? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of graffiti in our #DoNowGraffiti post. We asked students, Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts. Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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