Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in 'Cyber-Seniors'

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Generations Come Together to Bridge the Digital Divide in ‘Cyber-Seniors’

A group of seniors end up in a competition to create the most-viewed YouTube video. They are tutored in the ways of social media by a pair of high-school-age sisters who believe that online communication helps grandparents and grandkids stay close. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00pm. 

The Inspiration
The idea for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype.

Winning Entry of 'An Ear for Drama' Radio Contest Announced

WSKG is pleased is to announce that ‘The Spelling Bee’ has been selected as the winning script for our inaugural radio drama contest. This entry was submitted by students from Jennie F. Snapp Middle School of the Union-Endicott School District.  Join us in congratulating the following individuals:

Teacher Robert Rarrick and students Brianna Attey, Janaya Brown, Rayna Doing, Derick Donato, John Knapp, L.J. Shabazz, Erica Smart, Michael Tye, Abigail Winans, Vishal Yalamanchili. We’ll be in pre-production and production this spring and ‘The Spelling Bee’ will be airing on WSKG Radio during summer 2016. Our Judging Committee was impressed with all of the entries and we will soon be sending feedback to every participant.

Independent Lens: The Homestretch

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and create a new life. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretchfollows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. The Homestretch examines the struggles these young people face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent.

Work on Words | Best in Show 2015

Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen take the top honors in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival with their film ‘Work on Words’.  These high school students attend Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, British Columbia.  This film was entered in the ‘Social Commentary’ category and the judging committee recognized it as this year’s ‘Best in Show’.  Congratulations on your award and superb job at communicating a very powerful message! https://youtu.be/Xs-TSUpOuh8

Otherside | Best Social Commentary 2015

A group of students from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School District in upstate New York take on the serious issue of addiction. This powerful depiction, through the eyes of youth, earned the categorical honor ‘Best Social Commentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. Filmmakers are Will Schwartz, Tyler Lindsley, Charlene Heisler, Edward Prostak, and Shelby Burnside. https://youtu.be/4e_ngiPaKWk

 

Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Self-Acceptance

Adolescents often have a hard time with self-acceptance.  On the one hand, they want to conform to their peers, and on the other, they want to discover their individuality – making it a struggle to strike the right balance.  Teachers and parents may notice that they become uncommunicative, uncooperative or rebellious at school or home as they go through the process of figuring out who they are and where they fit in. In this lesson from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values (via WGBH), students will learn to experience self-acceptance and develop leadership skills through the performing arts.  Activities such as improvisation, singing and movement help students better understand themselves, build a sense of confidence, appreciate their individuality, and use their newfound awareness to understand others.

Teaching the Tough Subjects

How can educators present difficult topics to students that involve human suffering, like bullying and violence? This lesson provides insights and takeaways teachers can use during Bullying Prevention Month. We found this great resource on PBSLearningMedia.  Watch how educators present difficult topics involving human suffering in this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up. Teachers and community groups have created curricula on topics such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and school shootings.