Christopher Sperry will give a talk titled “Teaching Students to Think: Integrating Constructivist Media Decoding into the Curriculum” on Thursday, 29 March 2018, between 14:00-16:00 in İbrahim Bodur Auditorium.
Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp
under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul
Date: Thursday, 29 March 2018
Place: Natuk Birkan-Ibrahim Bodur Auditorium
TEACHING STUDENTS TO THINK: INTEGRATING CONSTRUCTIVIST MEDIA
DECODING INTO THE CURRICULUM
How can we teach core English language skills while simultaneously teaching our student to
critically analyse media messages? US media literacy expert, Chris Sperry, will lead participants
through an interactive introduction to media literacy integration into the teaching of English. He
will model the leading of question-based media analysis activities that develop 21st century skills
while addressing core language objectives. Participants will reflect on the purpose, pedagogy and
practice of this engaging way of teaching. We will share free-online resource from _Project Look
Sharp_ for integrating this approach into our curriculum.
Chris Sperry is the director of curriculum and staff development for Project Look Sharp, a media
literacy initiative at Ithaca College. He has taught social studies, English and media studies at a
democratic public alternative school in Ithaca New York since 1979.
Through his work with Project Look Sharp Chris has authored, co-authored and edited more
than a dozen published curriculum kits including Media Construction of... the Middle East, Soviet
History, Global Media Perspectives, Global Warming, and Presidential Campaigns, all available
free online at www.projectlooksharp.org. Chris has collaborated with educators throughout the
world to produce lessons that integrate media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum.
Chris has delivered numerous workshops, trainings and keynote addresses to thousands of
educators on integrating critical thinking and media decoding, youth culture and new media,
constructivist education, moral and democratic education, and alternative assessment. He has
trained educators internationally including in Bhutan, Iran, India and Kenya. His many published
articles include “Seeking Truth in the Social Studies Classroom,” “The Epistemological Equation,”
“Teaching Civic Literacy” and “Integrating Media Literacy into Secondary Science.” Chris is
currently the Guest Editor for the September 2018 special issue of Social Education about “Fake
News” and Media Literacy.
In recognition of his teaching and his pioneering work with Project Look Sharp Chris was
awarded the 2005 Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy and the 2008 Award for
Global Understanding from the National Council for the Social Studies. Chris has a B.A. in
planned studies from Ithaca College and an Ed. M. in human development from Harvard University
School of Education.
Thursday, March 29, 2018