So here we are, teachers all over the world are rapidly moving content and materials into online spaces, muting and unmuting, trying to remember that PD they had on Padlets, exploring Gizmos and trying to Brainpop. For some, Short holidays have become 7 months living out of suitcases. For others they are realising the joy and frustrations of spending a lot of time with their 2-year olds. lots of time. Developing classes whilst Baby Shark plays on YouTube, 6 billion views and counting! – I won’t let my kid play with electronic devices. That didn’t last long.
With all this going on, what hasn’t changed is our goal as Media teachers. It’s just that now we have to spark a passion and develop creativity from a distance. Staring at a screen all day doesn’t seem like the best environment for creativity.
Gert Biesta writes … some of the most popular technology-mediated forms of education – such as TED talks, MOOCs and the numerous professional and amateur instructional videos on YouTube – are all staged in traditional ways, with someone talking and explaining so that others can watch, listen and learn. (Biesta, 2019, p. 55).
So here I am, trying to develop new strategies. To deliver content as quickly and efficiently as possible and yet provide clear and inspirational content.
At the same time, we have to be mindful of our students’ welfare. How will I show I care? Especially important in these times of transition. In Media concentrating on “ solutions journalism rather than the inevitably negative news cycles can help.
I already teach about context; it is embedded in one of the 4 strands for Media at ISB. However, I am now beginning to realise its significance. It is no longer just part of the Connect stage that I have asked my student to work through many times before. Media literacy is about applying critical thinking to what we consume. Unfortunately, many media-illiterate people believe many of the hoaxes and conspiracy theories that people post. When was this piece of artwork published? What was the artist thinking about? What was their message? Context is arguably more important than ever in these times of Covid.
In Wuhan approximately 730,000, or 81% of K-12 students, have attended classes via the Tencent K-12 Online School since mid-February.
“I believe that the integration of information technology in education will be further accelerated and that online education will eventually become an integral component of school education,“ says Wang Tao, Vice President of Tencent Cloud and Vice President of Tencent Education.
My teaching approach has changed, and I think for the better. It is good to think of the positives in these times. It’s not easy, but these are the times in which we live.