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Journalism & Communications Showcase

Journalism & Communications Showcase

Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia

Program Summary

The Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia (CEAWP) in partnership with its Out of School Time (OST) Program proposes to host a Journalism & Communications Club this summer located at the Belmont Charter School (BCS). In partnership with BCS, CEAWP currently serves over 300 students in grades K-8 for 52 weeks out of the year. Offering tutoring, homework assistance, field trips, project based learning clubs, life skills development, literacy initiatives, athletics, and other enrichment activities to enhance the learning and growth of its students. The OST program at BCS focuses on delivering academic and social enrichment programming through a variety of activities and project based clubs. As a result of utilizing this holistic approach to education, OST participants learn life skills that assist with their academic aspirations while also preparing them for a successful transition to middle school, high school and beyond.
By partnering with Project: Connect the OST program will be able to accommodate 60 Belmont students ages 6-13. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn about digital citizenship through a digital media curriculum consisting of blogging, reporting, interviewing, building web pages, music making, and creating videos. Students will work to create materials that will help to educate their peers on issues such as cyber bullying and internet privacy.
The project outcome will result in the Journalism and Communications Showcase to promote Digital Citizenship, where students will have the opportunity to educate and share with their peers and teachers what they have learned about digital citizenship. Students will travel from classroom to classroom on this day presenting their projects. The goal of this showcase is to promote digital citizenship within the Belmont Community which will help to foster a culture of kindness, respect and safety.


Digital Citizenship Points
1. Digital Access
a. Understanding that not everyone has access to technology. CEA will commit to make sure that no one is denied access to technology by providing information regarding resources.
2. Digital Commerce
a. With buying and selling goods, users need to be aware of issues associated. CEA commits to teach about being an effective consumer in a digital economy.
3. Digital Communication
a. People have the ability to communicate through various electronic forums. CEA will commit to instruct user how to make appropriate decisions when faced with different communication options.
4. Digital Literacy
a. New technology is available through business, but not always accessible in school. CEA commits to instruct multiple areas of technology and educate people how to retain a high level of information literacy skills.
5. Digital Etiquette
a. Belmont commits to teaching people to become responsible digital citizens in understanding appropriate and inappropriate conduct.
6. Digital Law
a. Belmont commits to teaching the ethics of technology to prevent crime.
7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities
a. Belmont commits to teaching that individual freedoms also apply in the digital world.
8. Digital Health & Wellness
a. Digital Citizenship includes a culture where people are taught how to protect themselves. (e.g. Eye safety, internet addictions)
9. Digital Security
a. Security instruction is required for people to understand how to protect their information from outside forces that might cause disruption or harm.

Digital Media Curriculum
1. Digital Writing- Students enhance and develop their writing skills through blogging, building a web page, and responding to current events online.
2. Music Making- Students mix and edit music the students already have and creating their own mix tape. The students download a ton of mixed music and this gives them the opportunity to be innovative. Improving sounds and rhythm on top of their passion for music will be a hit.
3. Researching Skills- Students learn how to create videos from ideas through production. Students use venues such as YouTube, TeacherTube, and community events to showcase their work.

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