ME­DIA AS A TEACH­ING AID

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ROSARIO A. LOZANO

Me­dia in the class­room can en­gage learn­ers and pro­duce mean­ing­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences by us­ing films, videos clips, news­pa­per ar­ti­cle, mu­sic, doc­u­men­taries from sources such as You Tube in which learn­ers can also cre­ate their own me­dia. In­volv­ing learn­ers in cre­at­ing me­dia en­cour­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion, cre­ativ­ity and ac­count­abil­ity.

It can be used to mo­ti­vate dis­cus­sions in the les­son, how­ever, there are num­ber of im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions for teach­ers be­fore they in­te­grate me­dia.

There are prac­ti­cal and easy ways for teach­ers to help learn­ers un­der­stand what they see on You Tube, google, tele­vi­sions, mag­a­zines or news­pa­pers, and on so­cial net­work­ing sites such as face­book, MyS­pace, LinkedIn, and twit­ter.

To help learn­ers, the fol­low­ing are some sug­ges­tions: Be aware of the TV pro­grams what the learn­ers watch. Find out or ask the learn­ers what tele­vi­sion pro­gram they mostly like to watch. You can use this pro­gram into learn­ing in con­nec­tion with the les­son. You may give them home works about the les­son taught or in prepa­ra­tion for their new les­son in­stead of spend­ing most of their time at home in front of the com­puter without learn­ing at all. You may also con­duct case stud­ies in the class­room or ac­tion re­search study more about the in­flu­ence of the TV pro­gram they usu­ally watch.

Dis­cuss about what they read, hear, and see.

After watch­ing video clips, films, or tv pro­grams, ask the learn­ers: What did they see, hear, or feel after watch­ing the film. You may dis­cuss the facts or ask about the opin­ion of the learn­ers, what is re­al­ity or make be­lieve, what are the causes and ef­fects, and other con­flicts that can be re­solved.

Con­nect it to Val­ues.

Have the learn­ers to share their own be­liefs as well as your be­liefs and val­ues. Dis­cuss the val­ues of choos­ing a good life. You can help the learn­ers to think deeper through (HOTS) Higher Or­der Think­ing Skills ques­tions on how to ap­ply this in their daily liv­ing. The learn­ers may play skits and por­tray char­ac­ters on the tele­vi­sion pro­grams they like.

In­te­grate news­pa­per read­ing.

Strengthen the read­ing skill of the learn­ers by read­ing news­pa­per where they can get en­ter­tain­ment and news. Read­ing news­pa­per will en­hance their writ­ing skills where they can get and use dif­fer­ent styles in writ­ing es­say and may lead them to be one of the jour­nal­ists some­day. By do­ing this, they can be up­dated with what is hap­pen­ing in the world es­pe­cially in our coun­try. It is also a best source to en­hance gen­eral knowl­edge, as well as it de­vel­ops the daily read­ing habit for learn­ing, and in­creases their vo­cab­u­lary words.

Mass me­dia is a part of our chil­dren’s lives. It is the key to em­power them to think crit­i­cally about what they see, hear, read, and ab­sorb. Teacher help the learn­ers to turn neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive one, to in­flu­ence the learn­ers to be more aware on what is good and bet­ter for them.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Sala­pun­gan El­e­men­tary School, An­ge­les City, Pam­panga

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