We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?
We know that millennials are online. All. The. Time. Students are simultaneously engaged in multiple conversations in person and across a variety of media. As educators, how do we take the energy and engagement associated with this participation and use it to promote positive thinking, discourse and action around issues that matter to our communities, states, and nations?
Most agree that classrooms need to provide opportunities for students to create and engage with new media technology. However, that realization still leaves us far from the specifics needed to make it happen. What media making and social learning tools are best at engaging learners?
Kids are learning everywhere. Today, the traditional school forms a single, albeit important, node in a larger learning environment. The model of Connected Learning acknowledges this shift in where students learn, how they learn, who they learn from, and how they express that learning.
As science educators, we know how important critical thinking and new technology skills are in the scientific community. The ability to question and make sense of the world around us is a skill we value highly in the scientific world. We recognize that if our students are going to become the next scientific innovators and responsible citizens, they need, skills to gather and evaluate data, make informed decisions, and communicate their ideas to others.
Nearly every student who is in school today will enter the workforce needing skills in media production. From social media to YouTube videos, many industries will require a knowledge of how to leverage online platforms. In the arts classroom, media production is a dynamic way for students to gain these technical skills, while also practicing aesthetic valuing, design thinking, communication, and creative writing. All of these skills can be cultivated through the use of media-making projects. For this reason, student media-making projects are an excellent way to introduce these 21st century proficiencies.
Science media projects that enhance student learning and engagement offer limitless possibilities for creativity in learning subject matter. Below are just a few reasons to incorporate media making projects into the science curriculum: Technology is engaging! Media projects give students the opportunity to connect to real life to concepts learned in class. Students develop relevant […]
Cynthia Vasquez teaches her Pre-K students at the Paul Revere School in San Francisco with the methodology of learning through play. Her approach is influenced by a group of teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s SLANT (Science, Literacy, Arts, and Technology) program where she explores ways of integrating each of these disciplines into […]