What perspectives and possible issues arise from the NY Constitutional convention?

After reading the articles and key facts, discuss what are the different perspectives on the NY Constitutional Convention?  What issues are important for those groups? What issues might arise from learning about those different perspectives?  Please add your  ideas in the comment section below.  Please remember to review different responses and ask questions, extend or add to the conversation.

Yes or No? Promoting the NY State Constitutional Convention Conversation

If you were to summarize what your group learned and researched, what is your group’s decision to vote?  What would you say at a “cocktail party?”  Discuss with your group and then draft a short entry (offline) that considers multiple perspectives and offers solutions or compromises to address different perspectives.  Post your final draft in the comment section below.

What sources can we use to help us learn about the NY Constitutional Convention? (Curating sources)

Using the process questions of relevancy, accuracy, reliability, bias, and understanding perspectives, please contribute a link to an online resource that would help your group (and all the groups) learn more about the topic.  Please post your link in the Comments section below and if possible, a short description of the site.  Take a moment to review some of the links.

Reflections on your Audio Story

Thank you for sharing your audio stories today. We loved listening to your candid and heartfelt conversations. We hope you find time to share them with loved ones and even your students.It can be a laborious, creative process, but we hope you found the end result as gratifying as we did. In the comment space below, please take a few moments to reflect on the process of “crafting” your story — from interviewing to finding a seed to scripting to editing. What are the challenges in the production process? What did you find to be the most satisfying aspects of the production? Would you consider having your students create audio stories?

What are the key facts and issues surrounding the NY Constitution Convention? (Identifying facts)

After going through some articles that you and the group have contributed, what are some of the key facts of the NY state constitution convention?  What facts or statistics would an informed citizen need to know?  Please discuss with your group and add as many as your group can come up.  Reminder to check what the other people have posted and either extend their fact or add new ones.

What is the NY Constitutional Convention? (an exercise in perspective taking)

I’m starting to see bumper stickers and small signs like the one on the left. Perhaps you have too. And it makes me wonder how many New Yorkers know what this is all about. For many people, a proposed vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention has tremendous implications on the way of life for all New Yorkers. But do they know enough about it to cast a thoughtful “Yes” or “No” ballot in November. Will they even bother? Please take several thoughtful moments to lend a hand– to research and educate your fellow New Yorker on what this vote means. What would a Constitutional Convention do? Why do some people look forward to it, while others fear it? In small groups, we’re going to deliberate and decide what would be important for citizens to know, what proposals seem fair or imbalanced, and propose possible solutions.  By the time we’re all done posting comments, perhaps we’ll have a well-rounded picture of what’s at stake with the “Con Con.”

The first step is for your group to discuss what you already know about the Constitutional convention.  Post your responses in the Comment space below.

Welcome to Our STI Course

Welcome to STI# 4950: Finding the Truth When All News is “Fake”: Developing Critical and Media Literacies Across the Grades!This course is about developing critical and media literacy skills and applying the principles of journalism in the classroom. It’s about finding and evaluating information and then reporting out through stories that compel and enlighten. Get the facts. Tell the story. Seems simple enough. But in an era when “facts” have been made pliable and “truth” has become subjective, distinguishing between “fake” and “real” involves developing a special skillset and mindset.

This course attempts to put teachers and students on the path towards developing these skills. We live in a participatory culture. Anyone can publish a tweet, comment, or story that is unverified and biased. But being a digital citizen and in particular an authentic journalist requires a greater sense of responsibility to our communities. Today’s students must be conscientious digital citizens and journalists who can sniff out harmful falsehoods and resist buying or recycling them, while bringing evidence-based information and perspectives to a meaningful global conversation. With the right skills and mindset, today’s students can have this conversation. We hope you enjoy the course!