Teachers Creating Virtual Field Trips in Washington DC: A Process of Meaningful Media Production
Thursday, March 10 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: Evergreen
Presider: Savilla Banister, Bowling Green State University, United States
Abstract: : Effective educators have incorporated media (images, diagrams, animations, simulations, audio, video, etc.) into their classroom instruction for many years, recognizing that these elements support student learning in powerful ways. Twenty-first century teaching and learning emphasizes media literacy as an integral skill and this type of literacy is multifaceted. Teachers and students must be able to interpret and understand media messages, as well as design their own media messages in order to be relevant communicators in our media-rich world. This study documents the positive growth in media production skills gained by teachers who participated in a two-week intensive experience in designing virtual field trips for their specific classrooms. Data indicate that significant gains in media production skills were achieved in a short amount of time.