Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative

Meeting Notes

PYMC General Meeting July 16th

July 20, 2013 by admin in Meeting Notes

photo(1)At our July general meeting, we focused on the topic of Connected Learning, facilitated by
Meenoo Rami,, @meenoorami
Christina Cantrill,, @seecantrill

The full agenda with notes can be found here:

The goals for convening this session were 3-fold:

  1. To introduce the Connected Learning Principles;

  2. To introduce some of the simple tools; and,

  3. To discuss ways to better connect learning and teaching contexts (“We have a lot to learn from one another in terms integrating technology and media literacy into project-based learning.” – Laura)

After our introductions and announcements we turned it over to Christina and Meeno to lead us through some activities and discussions.

In 2 groups we started our first activity- Hack a game.

Name a childhood game; name its rules (list to have handy if folks get stuck :)

Run through it once
Now change up the rules: hack or remix them — each person introduce a new rule

Run through it with your new rules
Share new game with other group (5 mins each; 10 mins)
Reflect out/share what you notice about doing this; what questions are raised (about the process, about the game, about the collaboration, whatever is fine!) (5 mins)

We created the game: “Song Ball” and then discussed how this connects to classroom learning, curriculum design and youth engagement.

@meenoorami: Hacking steal the bacon at The Asian Arts Initiative #nwp @philayouthmedia

Next, we looked at these concepts in a networked and media-context (10 mins)

a look at a video mixed in Popcorn: Stop and Frisk by Radio Rookies
remix/remake/hack with Mozilla tools:
check out a popular remix right now using Thimble: Remixable Movie Poster

We discussed how these online tools could support our youth media work….

Why does this matter? Connected Learning (15 mins)

      • What do you notice here? What stands out? What are the implications?

Future opportunities to discuss/connect with educators across the city and online (5 mins)

      • Project:Connect work happening at various sites locally & nationally this summer

    • We closed with additional announcements from attendees:

  1. WHYY Youth Media Award- call for entries is coming soon, work must be under 7 mins. Selected films will be shown at event in October.
  2. The Free Library has a busy summer of maker events at branches and organizations throughout the city. This will culminate at the Maker Celebration August 17th at the Free Library, 10-2pm. For more info, and to apply for a table (and $50 to show your work). See details here:
  3. Spiral Q is starting Youth Advocacy clubs for K-4, K-5 – drop in art-based project learning experiences for


  4. Asian Arts showcase will take place Friday August 16th. Read more about AAI’s youth programming here:
  5. YES Philly is looking for students and teachers for their new accelerated High School. For JOBS and STUDENT OPPS, read more here:
  6. Rough Cut productions at Science Leadership Academy is growing!! To see all the exciting media production work SLA is involved with, visit their website:

Next PYMC Meeting: August 13th, 10-11:30am. Location TBD. If you’re interested in hosting, let us know!

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