JON MCKENZIE: For about two decades, public schools have been teaching to the test. That was under both Obama and George W. Bush. But project-based learning allows more integrative knowledge-- that is, bringing different subjects matters together. It's more collaborative.
So I worked in this class right here last fall.
And so I'm involved now in a project trying to get to my research into schools, and one of them is civic storytelling. And I'm working with students out at Dryden High School. And there, it really is trying to get students to tell real stories about real issues for real audiences.
You guys are sort of a really good live example that I'm hoping that teachers from the Ithaca schools and [? provstsees ?] can learn.
A couple them are dealing with topics that deal with mental health, some with identity, some with the environment. And they're creating videos, and they're going to be presented at the History Center. And the idea is real stories about real issues that are then going to be presented outside of the class in a public environment.
And, again, the argument of transmedia knowledge is to get students and researchers working across the different genres, depending on the stakeholder, that they are appealing to. And, again, I do think it's not a dumbing down. It's actually a smartening up, because by getting the input of the stakeholders, it reshapes the way you think what your project is.
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A Cornell professor is working with local high school students on projects addressing issues that are meaningful to them and their communities, using a variety of media-making and participatory research.