At the end of February, I attended the Illinois Computing Educators Conference. The final session of the conference focused on the importance of having students analyze media-- specifically images and videos (shout out to Katie Muhtaris and Jennifer Burton for the inspiration). The PARCC test (which once used to be the paper based ISAT test) now includes images and videos for students to engage with-- much more than just for fun. Our students, and understandably so, are used to watching or looking at media for pleasure, not for deep analyzation. This is a huge piece of the Common Core State Standards, too.
So, after lots of brainstorming on how to get our primary students doing this, I decided to try some lessons with them, knowing that whatever happened could very well be a failure. The kids blew me away. The analyzing taking place was at such a high level. In fact, they didn't want to stop talking about the images and videos.
Students were definitely studying images and videos with purpose. Additionally, they were asking questions-- amazing questions. This will only help them as they get older and have to dig deep into different kinds of resources like infographics, documentaries, and more.
Some of the experiences our kids participated in included:
See it in action below :)
Digging deep and thinking critically about images is a 21st Century skill! Our Kindergartners did an amazing job questioning, connecting, observing, identifying feelings, and wondering. Hear all about it from an incredible Kindergartner himself!
Below you'll find some of the images they explored!
Remember, a picture is worth one thousand words!
Check out the video of the kids in action!
Analyzing Media in Kindergarten