5 Ways to Utilize the Influence of Film for Science Education
Cozying up to something creative and doing your part to reach people on an emotional level is something everyone can do, whether it’s selling a new laptop, filling in for an accounting job or nailing a charming YouTube video. But why not think outside the box to influence change? This phenomenon is happening at an increasing rate. Educators, administrators and board members are building momentum for the field and opening up channels for getting their message across. If we continue to push the envelope, we can start to wake up science education and propel it to the next level.
Much of this shift is the result of a rise in the influence of individual filmmakers and the creative use of video to make a point. It can be more powerful than brochures, debates or boring PowerPoint slides.
Science education is rife with people focused on money and the notion that it’s not all that important to be curious or interested in what’s going on around them. But if it weren’t for our short attention spans and inability to engage, we’d never learn anything.
Here are five ways to make your message not only seem relevant, but more effective:
This is a great category to get engaged in. When you dig down into your area of interest, you can probably find the right place to engage. For example, let’s say you’re interested in space. Ask yourself where can you find the most interesting content on space, to speak to your interest level. Then, look at the possibilities and see if there’s anything you can do to push beyond the limitations of your own area of expertise.
Have an attitude of one lesson, one student, one project. Teach subjects in a way that is easy for a learner to understand and directly relates to the subject in question. This is easier said than done, but if you dig down, there are lots of great blogs, magazines and books that can help make sense of the unknown. Do you want to learn more about space? There are tons of ways to get started. Maybe you want to be the next James Hansen or Carl Sagan, but if you can’t find it, try to figure out how to provide a foundation for a project or workshop. Maybe you’re thinking about diving into the genetic origin of an animal? Gather the facts and talk about education, ethics and pedagogy. Find the right pieces to get an idea of the overall topic and the idea.
People are better at hearing things when they’re relevant to their life. Give people the raw information and let them have fun with it. We can have a good time with what we’re learning about despite our profession, because we enjoy the discovery process. Research tells us that the strongest predictor of achievement in many areas is having fun while doing it. And that’s probably one of the best motivators you can have for learning and getting involved in your child’s classroom. Consider the 5 C’s – curiosity, communication, engagement, impact and collateral. People love to share ideas, so get creative with how you can build an audience by sharing your content.
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