Using media in the classroom
There are four stages in choosing and using media examples to challenge unquestioning beliefs. You can download the slide presentation Statistical Literacy: Using the Media which explains the four stages in more detail.
Choosing the example
- What opportunity does the example offer for understanding and applying the statistics involved?
- Will the concept be recognisable?
- Will it be of interest to the students?
- Does it allow for critical thinking?
Planning its use
- What prerequisite knowledge is needed?
- How long should the activity take?
- What is expected of the students?
- What questions will students ask?
- How much help should be given?
Implementing it in the classroom
- Be flexible.
- Allow for short cuts.
- Try to avoid direct questions to get to critical thinking.
Reflecting on the experience
- Will the example be used again?
- How could it be adapted?
- What other examples could be used?
- Did students achieve the desired outcomes?
- Were they motivated by the context?