Multimedia 2012

From radio to video, the Covering Education class worked on many multimedia projects this semester. These are several multimedia projects about education this semester.

The Waterside Band Gets Its Groove Back from Patrice Marie Howard on Vimeo.

A Long Road to School (Video)

All students in New York City homeless shelters are entitled to a public education. Sometimes it just takes them a little longer to get to school. Read more.

Stretch Body and Mind (Slideshow)

Yoga may be a way to teach students to cope with stress and increase concentration. Read more.

Facebook’s School (Video)

The Chinese language is being taught for the first time in a new public high school in Newark, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s high-profile $100 million donation two years ago can take some of the credit. Read more.

First Graders Get Active (Slideshow)

At P.S. 24 in Sunset Park Brooklyn, 54 percent of students are overweight or obese and P.E. classes are a weekly activity.  One class of first graders spends their 40 minutes of gym playing basketball and swinging hula hoops. Read more.

Giving Voice to the Voicelessness (Slideshow)

The Manhattan Children’s Center, a private school on  the Upper West Side that serves around 40 students with autism spectrum disorders, began using the iPad in 2010. Read more.

Vacation Cram Class (Slideshow)

On Monday, April 9, most New York City students were enjoying a relaxing day on spring break. For students in the college readiness program Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, however, it was just another full day of classes. Read more.


Off the Boat and into the Classroom (Video)

There are an estimated 1.3 million people immigrating to the United States each year. Many are children, and most are poor. In Queens, New York, almost half the residents were born outside the U.S. Jackie Kostek reports on how one middle schooler is making the transition. Read more.

Inside a Closing School: Jamaica High (Radio)

Jamaica High School (Photo Credit – Jackie Mader)

The New York City’s Panel for Education Policy voted to close 18 schools earlier this year. Queens’ Jamaica High School was one school voted on last year. Jackie Mader reports in a School-Stories collaboration with Uptown Radio.


P.S. 205 Uses iPad and iPod Touch to Review for State Tests (Video)

Myrlene Michel, an instructional technology specialist at P.S. 205 in the Bronx, uses several apps to help students in both math and writing. Read more.

Harlem Teacher Makes iPads Personal (Slideshow)

Fifth grade students in Monica Burns’ social studies class at the Alain L. Locke Elementary School for Environmental Leadership in Harlem use iPads in their daily classes. Read more.

Chief Judge Wants Teens out of Adult Courts (Radio)

In the 1960s and ‘70s, New York was plagued by high crime rates. In response, the state passed a series of laws that stiffened penalties for teenage offenders. New York is one of only two states that treats 16-year-olds as adults in criminal cases. Now the pendulum may be swinging the other way. Read more.


Azcuy’s Art World (Slideshow)

Several of Eric Azcuy’s art projects are displayed prominently throughout the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, and almost all of them manage to incorporate at least some aspects of his students’ academic classes. This combination of subjects has led to quite a few assignments that are both educational and artistic. Read more.

Maya Burns: High School Props Intern (Slideshow)

The Academy for Careers in Television and Film, a Long Island City, Queens career and technical education high school, places its students in movie and tv production internships. Senior Maya Burns, 17, interns once a week at Eclectic/Encore Props, a prop rental warehouse in Manhattan. Read more.

Brooklyn Chess Team Heading to Nationals (Audio)

Most of the students on the team have only been playing for two years, but are quickly moving up the ranks. (Photo credit: Jackie Mader)


Each year, the National Elementary Scholastic Chess tournament attracts students from across the nation. This year, P.S. 335, an elementary school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, has qualified for the national championships for the first time. Read more.






With Suspension Rates Up, Schools are Rethinking Discipline (Radio)



Recently released data shows an astounding 73,000 suspensions in New York City last year. Suspension rates are on the rise across the nation and African-American students are three times as likely to be suspended as their white peers. Some teachers say that suspensions are overused, and studies show they have long-term effects. Read more.

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