TIFF Nexus New Media Literacies Conference

March 27, 2012

The New Media Literacies Conference
Are you media literate? The children and youth of today – and their content creators, educators and families – exist in a drastically evolved media landscape than those of even 5 years ago. Coming up FRIDAY APRIL 20th, the TIFF Nexus series brings together the worlds of Film, Gaming and New Media and sets its sights on addressing what all these emerging creative techs and mediums mean to our concept of media engagement. What can we learn from successful industry and educational leaders about new best practices for content creation and learning models for young people?

Register now to get inspired by our incredible lineup of presenters, hands-on learning technology workshops and to gain entry to the networking cocktail where you'll have the chance to meet hundreds of media professionals and educators across film, gaming and interactive.

Dr. Nichole Pinkard

Founder, Digital Youth Network
Visiting us from Chicago, Dr. Pinkard shares insights into the inspirational work she and her collaborators are doing to build new media literacy awareness and skills development for children and youth, with platforms like the Digital Youth Network and institutions such as the Chicago Public Library (co-founding YOUmedia).


Free play access to the exciting TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace!
ONE TIME ONLY: TIFF Nexus registrants have access to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, a 5000sq ft digital playground where you can get your hands on the future of creativity through innovative art installations, learning-centric games, introductions to new digital drawing tools and memorable hands-on film and media production activities.


Kids Interactive Content - Keepin’ it Fun, Fresh and Valuable for Families
Emily Treat of Games for Change in NYC, Jason Krogh of zinc Roe, and Mark Argo of Aesthetec Studio, admired for their high quality, age-appropriate content and educational play experiences, discuss how they keep their creations fun, fresh and technologically relevant while remaining sensitive to the changing media environments and learning needs of children and youth.


Get Hands-On with the TIFF Nexus Learning Workshops!
(Limited Capacity, RSVP required)
INTRO TO SCRATCH – A hands-on immersion into SCRATCH, a programming language that makes it easy to create personal interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art and share creations on the web.

CREATIVE EXCHANGE – Attendees can tap into the collective intelligence of creative communities through hands-on introductions to exciting DIY technologies like the Arduino electronics prototyping platform and the revolutionary worlds of 3D scanning, creating, file-sharing and 3D printing.

Get a rapid-fire cross-section of some of today’s most innovative research and industry developments around new media literacies. Speakers include Jacob Blackstock, CEO, Co-Founder of Bitstrips Inc., Nathalie Clermont, Director of Program Management at the Canada Media Fund, Sara M. Grimes, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto iSchool, Melanie McBride from the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab at Ryerson University, and Carly Schuler of The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.


Learn how some of Toronto's most talented creators are brainstorming to address issues in the new media literacies!

Attendees will get an up-close look at the initiatives conceived by those in the Youth New Media Literacy Jam. Led by Mark Rabo of the Hand Eye Society (and co-founder of Gamercamp), this creative jam brings together a diverse group of talented makers, educators, and thinkers to conceive, create, and present experiences that expose, highlight, and/or address questions relating to youth and new media literacies.

The jam-packed conference day closes with a NETWORKING RECEPTION and a closer look at the Youth New Media Literacy Jam.

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