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Media Literacy Project Grant

Media Literacy Project Grant


The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) annually awards two $1,000 media literacy grants to K-12 educators within New York state.  


The Sweet Home Video Production Lab was created this year due to the EMTA grant.  The Production Lab serves over 1000 students and 100 staff.  Currently the Lab is the place where the Video Morning Announcements are created.  Students write the scripts, produce the videos, and manage the morning show.  It takes a team of students to produce the announcements each day.  The announcements are streamed live among the faculty / staff, students and then shared to the community through the Sweet Home website.  This Lab has changed our school culture because of the communication between teachers and students, and the highlights of various teams, clubs, organizations and fundraising events.


View Reflections on the Morning ShowMontage of the Morning Show

View Grant PowerPoint Presentation

Click on file below for Grant Application - Deadline May 20, 2016

The New York State Educational Media/Technology Association provides an annual Media/Technology development grant in the amount of $1,000 for certified teachers in New York State who are working with K-12 students on media literacy. Media Literacy is defined as the ability to comprehend, design, and produce media. It includes critical thinking skills used to evaluate and analyze information in a variety of formats. Media Literacy is essential to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

The purposes of the grant are to:

  • Support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy.
  • To provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.
Examples include:

A film literacy course held after school
Learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work
Using video effectively in your lesson plans


2015: Tina Laramie, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School
2014: Lisa LaBrake et. al., Sweet Home High School
Maria Muhlbauer, Steven Zabaldo & Michael Herron, Pioneer Middle School - PSA Project
          Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School - Student Videos as a Means of Creative Persuasive Expression
2012: Mary Alice Brunell & Rory Malone, Oswego Middle School
          Jennifer Flower, Argyle Central School

2011: Nick Lawrence, East Bronx Academy
2010: Randal Tyner, Jackson Heights Elementary, Glens Falls School District  GF Jigamarig
2009: Lisa LaBrake and Peter Dobmeier, Sweet Home HS
2008: Madonna Figura, Wellsville HS
2007: Peter Mahan, Hannibal HS

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