Note: Friends Dr. Dawn Wilson and Dr. Katie Alaniz were kind enough to share a book they authored in collaboration with Joshua Sikora, Digital Media in Today’s Classrooms: The Potential for Meaningful Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
|Listen to Dr. Katie Alaniz, one of the authors, share about the book|
In the space below, I’ve included some of my take-aways from the book, stuff that struck my fancy in Chapter 6, and included my reflections/comments in square brackets [really? that’s unbelievable!]. Feel free to swipe the images highlighting key points and repost them everywhere! Read blog entries relevant to this book. Note that my notes imperfectly capture some of the main ideas in the book. I heartily recommend reading the text!!
MyNotes on Chapter 6: Setting Meaningful Learning: Supporting Students with Content Acquisition
- Savvy educators identify ways to leverage the boundless potential of multimedia applications to set the stage for learning within their classrooms.
- Effective teachers seek to engage their learners in vital content.
- Impactful educators prepare, encourage, and inspire their students to wrestle with various aspects of content until they establish meaning for themselves.
- Active construction of their own learning can be achieved in…
- a variety of ways
- using an assortment of tools
- in order to create products that are:
- The modern ability to record and replay actual footage of key historical events from around the world is revolutionary.
- Teachers utilizing digital media to connect students to a specific place elsewhere on the globe or to a historical event must work to help students envision the reality of these scenes. Otherwise, learners may easily process such images just as they would the illusory world of Avatar or the exaggerated devastation of a metropolis depicted in a superhero film. [excellent point! how?]
- Keep it real by:
- encouraging students to judiciously document their own experiences with a video camera. The process of producing their own documentaries can serve to encourage learners in re-associating media experiences with reality.
- Students must engage their imagination just as actively while watching a film as they would when reading a book, but instead of creating the missing visual content, a film viewer is prompted to envision thoughts, motivation, and emotions.
- Use listening and viewing guides that facilitate analysis:
- By engaging in interactive content, students receive feedback on their input, offering them a two-way interface. Interaction may also be peer-assisted, such as when students seek support of other students via online tutoring sessions.
- Elementary Resources that students can interact with engaging, meaningful, educational multimedia content:
- Middle School Resources: The text includes multiple other resources for MS/HS
- Discussion of Webquests…[wow, trip down Memory Lane!]
- [I would also respectfully include video annotation and hyperlinking tools mentioned in this blog entry]
- Impactful, memorable educational encounters engage learners in significant content.