Student Workshops

Elementary School          Middle and High School          Professional Development


Elementary School Programs

Elementary-aged students enjoy active, hands-on learning. Magic Box programs harness the energy and enthusiasm of this age to teach the use of media as a tool for the creative expression of ideas.

Introduction to Animation/Stop Motion

An introduction to the basic concepts and language of animation. The residency encourages student reflection through comparisons, defending choices, presenting evidence, and persuasion. Skills include storyboarding, taking digital images, and image manipulation.

Photography 

An introduction to the basic concepts and terminologies of photography. The curriculum builds student’s vocabulary, creativity, and observational and critical thinking skills. Student photos can be used as a basis for writing and reflections. 

Talking Picture Books

Working collaboratively, students are exposed to traditional art materials and techniques as well as new media and technology as they adapt a story into an animated video. This curriculum builds literacy skills, creativity, technical skills, and interpersonal skills.

History Pin

Using History Pin, a free online mapping program for linking new and historical photographs and text with a specific location, students connect past and present and build their literacy, computer, research, and analysis skills as they engage in the classroom and the world beyond. 

News Reporting and Green Screen

Students become digital journalists as they report on news in their schools and neighborhoods. Using “green screen” techniques, they add background pictures to their on-the-street interviews. The residency builds research, writing, technical, and interview skills.

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Middle School and High School Programs

Middle- and high-school–aged students thrive on increased independence. In Magic Box residencies, students work together to strengthen the collaborative and planning skills needed for later success in school and life.

Introduction to Animation/Stop Motion

An introduction to the basic concepts and language of animation. The residency encourages student reflection through comparisons, defending choices, presenting evidence and persuasion. Skills include storyboarding, taking digital images and image manipulation.

News Reporting and Green Screen

Students become digital journalists as they report on news in their schools and neighborhoods. Using “green screen” techniques, they add background pictures to their on-the-street interviews. The residency builds research, writing, technical, and interview skills.

Digital Photography and Reflective Writing 

An introduction to the basic concepts and terminology of photography that builds students’ vocabulary, creativity, observational, and critical thinking skills through small projects. Student photos can be used as a basis for nonfiction writing, poetry, and reflections. 

Audio Production and GarageBand 

Students create original soundscapes or audio tracks for a documentary, learning the skills and terminology needed to use GarageBand or any digital audio workstation, as well as the critical thinking skills to compare, contrast, and present evidence to support their creative choices.

Documentary Production 

Students research and make a short collaborative documentary, developing technical research, aesthetic, visual and verbal communication, narrative development, and technical skills. This interdisciplinary project can be tailored to align with curricula in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Stop-Motion Animation 

Students analyze a curriculum-related book and adapt it for the screen, adding their own original script and narration. Working collaboratively, they use traditional art materials and techniques as well as new media and technology. This curriculum builds literacy, creativity, technical, and interpersonal skills.

Digital Video and Editing Workshop: Creating a Public Service Announcement 

Creating a PSA about one of their school’s core values, students learn the basic concepts and terminologies of screenwriting, digital video production, and editing through a curriculum designed to build their vocabulary, creativity, observational, and critical thinking skills. 

 

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Professional Development

Magic Box provides a variety of interactive and experiential media arts workshops for teachers.

Introduction to Animation and Stop Motion 

An introduction to the basic concepts and language of stop-motion animation. Participants use traditional art materials and techniques while incorporating new media and technology. 

News Reporting and “Green Screen” 

Participants learn how to help their students act as digital journalists as they document news and events happening in their own schools and neighborhoods. Through “green screen” techniques, they can add background pictures to interviews, and build research, writing, and technical skills. 

Photography: Seeing in Pictures 

This program introduces the basic concepts and terminologies of photography. Teachers learn skills and techniques as they develop vocabulary, creativity, and observational and critical thinking skills. 

New Media 

Free online media tools such as Historypin can help teachers and students connect information and services; collaborate with others; and create new content, services, communities, and channels of communication to deliver information.  

World Cinema: Critiquing for the Common Core 

Through careful analysis of films such as The Red Balloon or other classics, participants learn the art of critical inquiry. Educators leave the workshop with skills and new techniques for combining higher order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis with media literacy, social studies, and language arts lessons. 

Stop-Motion Animation and STE(a)M   

Basic stop-motion animation is learned and then used to create short films depicting science and math topics. Participants learn how to use animation to demonstrate skills learned. This workshop includes editing and iPad work sessions. 

Literacy and Photojournalism 

Participants learn about photography’s greats—including Gordon Parks and Ansel Adams—and investigate the art of nontraditional storytelling as they learn how to bring photography into their classrooms. They leave with the tools to help their students edit and curate a thematic photography exhibition.

 

Please contact us for details on our programs.