As science educators, we know how important critical thinking and new technology skills are in the scientific community. The ability to question and make sense of the world around us is a skill we value highly in the scientific world. We recognize that if our students are going to become the next scientific innovators and responsible citizens, they need, skills to gather and evaluate data, make informed decisions, and communicate their ideas to others. As with scientific literacy, media literacy, production and other 21st century skills are grounded in inquiry, critical thinking, evaluation and communication. We also understand that our students are growing up in a world increasingly saturated with information and media messages. Our students will need to become media literate and well versed in the many modes of communication that surround them if they are to sort through this information and communicate their own ideas. There is no better place to learn these skills than in the science classroom.
Student media projects, like creating a short science video, can be meaningful ways for students to practice deciphering media messages, doing research and communicating information with technology. Get started now with this self-paced professional development module designed to help you create a short science video and then implement a video project in your own classroom!