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Presentation by Alejandro Luis Molina at eChicago 2010
© 2010 Puerto Rican Cultural Center

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eChicago presentation

  1. 1. Digital Media and Learning in Humboldt Park lessons learned and possible contributions Alejandro Luis Molina Puerto Rican Cultural Center
  2. 2. Technological Touchpoints <ul><li>Café Batey Urbano </li></ul><ul><li>Barrio Arts, Culture and Communications Academy </li></ul><ul><li>The Future of The Community Summer Program (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Los Tequis del Barrio </li></ul><ul><li>East Meets West, Phase 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School </li></ul><ul><li>Puerto Rican Cultural Center </li></ul><ul><li>National Boricua Human Rights Network </li></ul>
  3. 3. Café Teatro Batey Urbano Café Teatro Batey Urbano is a cultural space/youth center for action and reflection for Puerto Rican/Latino youth. We seek to create meaningful linkages between universities and the community, based on grassroots activism. Premised on the notion that our memories (our history) is the source of our imagination, Batey Urbano is a space for critical expression through spoken word, poetry, dancing, music, painting, and writing. • After-school program • Internet Radio Station • Batey Tech • Provides BACCA instructors • Weekly events include Hip-Hop Night, Poetry with a Purpose, Skateboarding, Graffiti Night, Women’s Night and Open Mic night • Google Apps • Pro-Tools • Audacity • PhotoShop • Facebook
  4. 4. Barrio Arts, Culture and Communications Academy Barrio Arts, Culture and Communications Academy (BACCA): at the intersection of technology, community-building and culture • We are in the 3rd year of BACCA, our after‐school program. This program engages youth in the creation of content – extending the school day, providing both access and skills training, while tying it to the resolution of community public health problems. • Participatory Democracy (Civic Engagement) • Journalism • Theater • Radio Production • Multimedia
  5. 5. The Future of The Community Summer Program (2009) <ul><li>5 summer interns took a 4 week crash course in website creation and design, video interviews, editing and writing in this exploratory PRCC summer project. </li></ul><ul><li>Over the course of the project, the students successfully conducted interviews using questions they wrote and discussed, edited the interviews and posted them to a website they created. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills learned: website design, video editing and audio-editing, interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the website at : </li></ul>
  6. 6. Los Tequis del Barrio <ul><li>Los Tequis del Barrio Project helps bridge the digital divide and promote universal, meaningful participation in technology among community residents, businesses and institutions within their Greater Humboldt Park community in Chicago. This model uses digital technology tied to resolving current community public health problems to capture the talents and dreams of youth and leverage these assets for the community through youth social entrepreneurship—youth using digital and social media to help their community develop positively and create new solutions to long-standing problems. In the process, the “Barrio Tequis” will be trained to develop marketable technological skills, leadership capacity and organizational skills. • Google Apps • PhotoShop • GIMP • Facebook • Twitter • Android Mobile Phones </li></ul>
  7. 7. East Meets West, Phase 1 and 2 <ul><li>“ I am amazed. Basically, we taught a group of west side students, in twenty four hours, a class I would call “podcasting theory and production 101” . The students we taught leave this program with the skills necessary for website, and video/audio podcast production and promotion. Using the latest in free, cross-platform applications such as Audacity to edit audio, iMovie HD to edit video, Wordpress for website blogging & and several other sites for audio and video hosting these students can create websites and podcasts for free. This class also challenged the students to think critically about their role as students acquiring these skills. The students have shown that they are ready to take these skills and give a voice to their community.” Samuel Vega, Instructor </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School <ul><li>Founded in 1972, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School approaches education from the perspective of the whole-person, linking education to the individual social, emotional, and academic needs of our students and empowering them to be active participants in creating change at the global, local, and personal level. Courses are integrated in community-based activities and engage students in the process of critical thinking and community inquiry. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for the years to come, our curriculum will have social ecology as a conceptual centerpiece, framing student learning around three experimental stations: a hydroponics-based greenhouse on the roof of PACHS; soil-based community gardens in and around Humboldt Park; and tropical soil-based agriculture on the island of Puerto Rico • Google Apps • Open Office • Skype • Facebook • Liquid Planner </li></ul>
  9. 9. Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer <ul><li>Founded in1973, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is a non-profit, community based umbrella institution, which seeks to serve the social/cultural needs of Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community. It is built on the following principles: a philosophy of self-determination, a methodology of self- actualization and critical thought, and an ethics of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, “To live and help to live.” The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) is named after Juan Antonio Corretjer, the celebrated Puerto Rican national poet and political leader. It serves as a place where people come together to address the critical problems confronting the community and to recover their history, to share in the music, poetry and drama of Puerto Ricans both at home and in the diaspora. • Google Apps • Skype • Facebook • pommo </li></ul>Programs : Andrés Figueroa Cordero Memorial Library and Community Informatics Center • Barrio Arts, Culture and Communications Academy (BACCA ) • Bartolo Hernández de Jésus VidaSIDA HIV/AIDS Prevention Program • Café Teatro Batey Urbano • Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer • Community Organized to Prevent Obesity (CO-OP Humboldt Park) • La Casita De Don Pedro Community Garden • La Voz de Paseo Boricua Newspaper • Participatory Democracy   Annual Events: Three Kings Winterfest • Puerto Rican Peoples Parade • Fiesta Boricua • Haunted Paseo Boricua    
  10. 10. National Boricua Human Rights Network <ul><li>The National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) is an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US and their supporters that educates and mobilizes the Puerto Rican community, the broader Latin American community and other people of conscience regarding issues of justice, peace and human rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Our priorities include: (1) The decontamination, development, and return of the island of Vieques to its people; (2) The release of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners; (3) An end to the continuing political repression and criminalization of progressive sectors of the Puerto Rican community. • Google Apps • Open Office • Skype • Facebook • Twitter </li></ul>
  11. 11. Future possibilities: Click on the image to view our Google Fiber video!
  12. 12. Lessons learned: <ul><li>Use emerging technologies in community-driven/emancipatory ways: • WiFi in Paseo Boricua: selling point for gentrification or empowerment for historic residents? • Mobile learning: deepening of student dependency/consumerism or powerful learning tool? </li></ul><ul><li>Balance superb education and service provision with critical socio-political perspective: • Ideate with youth to challenge the bootstrapping mentality (e.g. Jeffersons theme song) of skill acquisition (Finn). • Create and deepen institutional partnerships while continuing to struggle for community self-determination, self-reliance, and self-actualization. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some conclusions: <ul><li>Sustainable Adoption: Build Opportunities for Use • Local, wage-earning social entrepreneurship is the ultimate goal of Los Tequis del Barrio. • EMW taught all skills necessary for open-source cultural production, which in turn initiates a transfer of knowledge, culture and values between individuals and organizations,  and inspires student motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>Technological skills build upon — rather than replace — culturally appropriate learning • The community needs &quot;low-tech/non-wired&quot; skills and habits such as urban agriculture. • Youth digital cultural production is ultimately measured by its artistic and critical-thinking content. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Works cited: <ul><li>Finn, P. J. (1999). Literacy with an attitude: Educating working-class children in their own self-interest. Albany: State University of New York Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Morrisett, Lloyd. Technologies of Freedom? Massachusetts Institute of Technology Communications Forum. Available from: </li></ul><ul><li>Crawford, Matthew (2009). Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. New York: Penguin Press. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Our Toolbelt: <ul><li>OPEN SOURCE: Wordpress CMS, Open Office, Audacity, Aviary, GIMP </li></ul><ul><li>FREE APPLICATIONS: Google Apps, Flickr, Blip, YouTube, Feedburner, Ourmedia, Slideshare, Internet Archive, Google Analytics </li></ul><ul><li>CROSS-PLATFORM USE: Windows, Macintosh & Linux </li></ul><ul><li>COMMERCIAL APPS: Pro-Tools, iMovie, AdobeCS4 </li></ul><ul><li>MISC HARDWARE: Point and shoot cameras, Flip HD video recorders, digital audio recorders, notepads, pens </li></ul>
  16. 16. Websites cited: <ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Credits: <ul><li>Alejandro Luis Molina, Secretary, Board of Directors Puerto Rican Cultural Center [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Edward Remus, Chancellor’s Research Assistant Graduate School of Library & Information Sciences (GISLIS), University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana </li></ul><ul><li>© 2010 Puerto Rican Cultural Center </li></ul>