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Making Media, Making Identity

Pick your stereotype: dangerous inner cities, immigrant criminals, coastal elites, radical terrorists. How can educators best help students build confidence and resilience in the face of media misrepresentation? This session makes the case that through creating media, young people can build their identities around what they make and who they are — not what they see. Panelists will share varied perspectives on the power of reflective engagement with self to resist misrepresentation.

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  1. Understand the argument for media production as a form of youth empowerment and identity-making.
  2. Learn about evidence-based approaches for engaging youth in media production.
  3. Learn about powerful examples of youth media production in varied contexts (in- and out-of-school, CTE, international).



Josh Weisgrau, Program Dir, Maker Learning, Digital Promise Global

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