On Thursday, May 24, Connecticut Public celebrated Content Day for Hartford’s Journalism & Media Academy (JMA) students. The Content Day presentation is the culmination of a student-centered learning project.
JMA students immersed themselves for two hours on nineteen consecutive Fridays in a project of their choosing at their satellite campus at CT Public Learning.
The projects ranged from Sound Design and Game Design, Documentary Storytelling, Digital Storytelling, Fine Art and Dream @ 17 videos.
“It’s always a lot of fun getting to see what the students are working on. It seems like every year their work is more amazing.” remarked Cristina Renn-Chillogalli, CT Public Membership, Audience Care & Engagement Coordinator.
“It is great getting to see them use the space and equipment and how easily they just fly through it all.” Renn-Chillogalli continued. “They are such talented students. They ALL have done really good work and should be proud of their projects and what they’ve learned.”
Hartford Public School District Representatives and Connecticut Public staff enjoyed lunch and played student created video games, listened to student soundscapes, enjoyed digital stories, screened a short documentary on Homelessness in Hartford, saw original art and watched Dream @ 17 video interviews, all the while hearing the students talk about what they created and what they learned from the process and themselves.
CT Public Learning staff was integrally involved, both collaborating with JMA teachers and as instructors on the Sound Design, Game Design and Documentary Storytelling classes.
As the day’s celebrations began to wind down, JMA students were asked to reflect upon their school year and what their time at the Learning Lab had meant to them.
Junior Kayliann Gonzalez captured the consensus feeling of the group, sharing “I actually learned what the school said we’d learn. We extended our knowledge of the Media part of Journalism and Media. It also made it more exciting to come to school everyday. Of course, the staff deserve credit because they make our learning experience fun yet informative at the same time.”
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About Connecticut Public:
Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), as well as Connecticut Public Learning. Together, Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month through Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Television, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Connecticut Public is also home to Connecticut Public Learning, which offers direct service education to teens, adults and veterans in digital media, and provides educational programming on television, radio and online and in the classroom. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities. Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an $19 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors.
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