Instructional Media Initiatives: Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York: New York Voices: An Innovative Series for Classroom Use
Donlevy, Jim, International Journal of Instructional Media
In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many educational programs and projects have emerged to address the pain and loss experienced by New Yorkers and other citizens. To assist with healing, among its many educational initiatives, Thirteen/WNET has developed New York Voices. This project is designed to help New Yorkers come to terms with their grief and losses and to rediscover the many outstanding attributes of New York City. This brief article describes the series and discusses lesson plans and benefits to teachers.
NEW YORK VOICES
New York Voices focuses on inspiring New Yorkers engaged in the process of rebuilding their lives in a dynamic city full of outstanding resources. The series includes broadcast material and an extensive, searchable website (www.thirteen.org) with video archives, photographs and transcripts. New York Voices also has lesson plans for teachers that provide detailed steps to maximize student learning on particular topics.
New York Voices has included segments on Ground Zero, heroes, artists, comics, public school teachers, food, politics and public health. Among other topics, concerns about firehouses, impending war, incarcerating illegal immigrants and the race for governor have been addressed. Additionally, the series has a terrific segment concentrating on sports: "Big Shots and Bad Guys."
"BIG SHOTS AND BAD GUYS"
"Big Shots and Bad Guys" celebrates New York sports history and provides wonderful coverage of some of the most memorable sports figures and events in the life of the city.
The Daily News newspaper has collaborated in the production and contributed photographs detailing the rich history of New York sports. Program participants and commentators include the well-known Pete Hamill, Keith Torrie of The Daily News, Budd Mishkin of NY1 and Suzy Waldman of the YES Network.
Detailed elementary-level lesson plans accompanying "Big Shots and Bad Guys" are available online at the Thirteen website. …