Thursday, March 14, 2013

Screen Media Boot Camp 2013

We are gearing up for a third summer of an exciting summer camp for students ages 13-17! Learn the secrets of the "big screen" and website creation as we learn to make movies and personal, protected websites.

Screen Media Boot Camp will take place July 9-13, 2013 on the campus of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Visit: for more information, or email to talk to one of our camp directors.

Seats are VERY limited, reserve your spot today!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Preparations are underway...

June is fast-approaching, and the Rosebud Institute is readying an expanded program in its second inaugural summer season. We are booking panelists, finalizing evening session instructors, and planning dynamic, relevant, and immediately useable skills and materials for each course.

Click here to learn more and get involved this summer.

Summer Series for Teachers (graduate-level courses)

June 20-24 Media and the Moving Image 1

July 5-9 Media and the Moving Image 2

Screen Media Boot Camp (for students ages 13-17)

July 12-16

As we continue to develop our mission framework, we work to incorporate current research, media trends, and especially the voice of teachers and students. We continually invite feedback and discussion to align ourselves with timely educational issues and needs.

As a K-5 music educator, many of my students gravitate towards amateur filmmaking as a hobby, using iMovie and Flip cameras to create projects for fun. The "fun" part is already there, and the very idea of moviemaking, learning the language, and getting behind a camera to direct has a certain "cool" factor, but these home film projects often tend to lack focus, direction, and pacing. If instead we give students the power to understand the creative process before, during, and after turning on the camera, we can harness an effective, pervasive medium of film for dynamic learning in the classroom as well as teach students to think critically as both consumers and creators of media. No one really questions the value of this medium of communication, but the vast majority of educators and students were never trained how to communicate this way.

And it isn't just video - now not only can anyone make a movie with a cell phone, but anyone with computer access can create a website. Instead of simply creating a blog or wiki or website because we can, Rosebud Institute students learn to create, develop, and share work via an ePortfolio website that creates a vibrant, comprehensive online presence to showcase work, progress, and interests. Simple design concepts, narrative writing skills, and effective incorporation of digital media allow students to create a personalized, professional website with clear direction and focus.

Screen-based media is everywhere, more today even than pencil and paper. The Rosebud Institute seeks to continually teach, learn, and spread the word that learning to communicate in the language of screen-based media is important and vital to our understanding of the world around us.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Secondary Education Perspective

Students are immersed in a variety of digital and web-based technologies outside the academic realm. In order to facilitate students in developing 21st Century skills, students need to go beyond just using technology, but to learn use it in ways that facilitate collaboration, problem solving and higher-level thinking.

As an educator, I use technology as a way for my students to show their understanding and engage in a dynamic learning process. Using technology in the teaching and learning process takes student learning beyond the walls of the classroom, beyond their local community, allowing them to connect, on a global level.

We formally teach students how to read and write. But now there is a greater need to explore the message within the moving image. This is motion media literacy. People create video anywhere at anytime. It’s crucial to formally teach young people how to use these tools to communicate a powerful message. In my work with Rosebud Institute, we’ve taught students how to use camera angles, cinematic language and filming techniques to construct meaning. Specifically, teaching motion media literacy is about helping students to form a critical eye when viewing any moving image, in their every-day lives.

As an educator I also work hard to create an authentic learning environment. I believe it is crucial for students to be able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to other areas of their life. Students won’t always have a teacher telling them what to read or how to discern between different sources of information. There is a need to educate students about how to create a professional digital footprint, teach the rules of intellectual property right and digital citizenship, heightening students’ information literacy skills.

Specifically in collaboration with Rosebud Institute, my students created digital portfolios to share their learning process. Having students create their own ePortfolio is a way to teach students about the significance of how they present themselves in a variety of mediums.

More on the results of our collaboration with Rosebud Institute to come!

Caroline Haebig
Social Studies Educator
Apple Distinguished Educator

Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome to the Rosebud Institute

As the Rosebud Institute looks to launch yet another wave of exciting new offerings for screen literacy, I wanted to take a moment to start a conversation of sorts here about what we are doing and where we are heading.

Since so much of how we communicate now is through the screen, we strongly feel that the time to get grasp of screen literacy certainly seems to be now. As mentioned, the Rosebud Institute is committed to making screen-based and motion media literacy accessible, allowing us all to communicate and thrive in an increasingly media-saturated world. Just as we know that writing and speaking skills are keys to functioning in society, we must consider that the future demands proficiency in screen literacy as well.

You can check out more of what we are doing here:
as well as begin sampling some of the work our students have done, both adults and high school students.

And watch here for future posts. We are gearing up to attend next week's EDUCAUSE conference in Chicago and are looking forward to meeting and learning from colleagues there.

Please feel free to join in the conversation. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter as well so stop by and let us know what you're thinking. And tell us, how did you "medi8" today...?