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Critical Thinking & Literacy Through Images

This session will provide teachers with strategies and key questions for students to ask when exploring images, to support them in developing stronger skills in literacy and critical thinking.

Teachers will explore the power of digital storytelling to transform students from passive learners to engaged communicators. They will learn how to challenge students through the creation of digital stories to engage them in the “language of their generation,” while giving them tools to amplify their voice and ideas. Students who use LumieLabs/digital storytelling will also develop deeper content knowledge, increasing their subject-area comprehension, retention, and mastery.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Understand digital storytelling and the role video plays in providing voice and choice across the curriculum.  
  2. Understand key features and functionalities in supporting student video.  
  3. Discover how to use LumieLabs editing features to reinforce digital and media literacy skills

This session provides ways for teachers to embed SEL skills into Literacy. Learn how to teach students the importance of developing and integrating social emotional learning skills when reading a text or exploring media sources, such as images and videos, using Britannica resources.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will learn strategies on how to embed SEL into Literacy.
  2. Learn the importance of developing and integrating social emotional learning skills when reading a text or exploring media sources.

The very big, very real task of today’s educators is to ignite in students the desire to discover while also arming them with the judgment to wade through false and misleading information from questionable sources. Students must learn to understand and respect different perspectives, as well as develop the communication skills to express their own. Students who internalize these information-literacy abilities dramatically increase their potential for success in learning across the board.

In this professional learning we will cover the student skill sets necessary to develop information literacy and provide targeted learning tasks for educators to empower students to uncover information needs and determine how to locate, evaluate, and use the information they find.

Educator Outcomes: 

  1. Support student research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  2.   Learn new strategies to teach students to distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
  3. Practice proven ways of evaluating the credibility and accuracy of sources and noting any discrepancies among the data.

This session provides ways for teachers to embed strategies that support English language learners in Literacy. Teachers will learn the importance of developing specific skills in Literacy and equip students with these skills when reading a text or exploring media sources, such as images and videos, using Britannica resources.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will explore strategies and literacy skills they can embed into their lessons, to support English language learners when reading a text of exploring media sources. 
  2. Teachers will learn the importance of supporting students in their development of specific Literacy skills.

Britannica’s wide selection of informational texts helps k-12 learners make connections to past figures, events, and time periods. We’ll discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Explore ways to analyze the impact of specific word choices in a text. 
  2. Develop learning tasks to evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. 
  3. Develop appropriate scaffolding strategies to support students with complex text. 
  4. Learn ways to teach how to determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose. 
  5. Explore strategies to teach academic and domain specific words and phrases in a text.

This PL focuses on digital content in the form of images, maps, timelines, diagrams, and other graphic elements paired with strategies and activities that promote visual skill development.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sometimes the oldest sayings are the truest. English language-arts standards emphasize the importance of developing visual literacy skills in students or, in other words, fostering the ability to interpret meaning and information in images and graphic elements.

Images, maps, insets, timelines, diagrams, captions, and other graphic elements are typically included throughout educational texts to help students gain full access to the information presented. These elements can help both struggling readers and more adept pupils understand the meaning and context of anything they read.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will identify key questions that students can ask when analyzing images across multiple media sources, to help them think critically.  
  2. Explore effective strategies that will support students in strengthening their literacy skills.

This session will explore history’s greatest events by exploring a wide variety of primary source documents, and learn how to make history come alive for K-12 students with primary sources.  We will also make connections to past figures, events, and time periods and discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking. 

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teacher’s will explore Britannica’s wide variety of primary source documents.  
  2. Discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking.  
  3. Learn how to support students in making connections to past figures, events, and time periods.

Britannica Digital Learning has partnered with Guided Inquiry Design, led by author, Leslie K. Maniotes M.ED., Ph.D., to offer professional learning, grounded in research, to provide the basic principles of Guided Inquiry in daily instruction. View flyer for more information.

Learn the foundational aspect of inquiry based learning and strategies to design lessons that make students curious about the standards you teach.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Understand the foundations of inquiry-based learning.
  2. Experience inquiry-based learning from the learner’s perspective.
  3. Explore Britannica’s resources using an inquiry stance in an area of choice that is connected to the teaching standards.
  4. Discover how to use the multimedia components of EB (images and diagrams) to engage students in inquiry based thinking and learning.
  5. Apply the foundations of inquiry to design a plan that engages students in inquiry in the content you teach.  

Educators will learn how high quality digital content can be used  to reach diverse learners through  personalized learning in social studies.  Participants will discover K-12 social  studies topics through differentiated  text, images, videos, and primary  source documents – paired with  targeted learning tasks to support  students’ unique needs, preferences,  learning styles, and goals.

Educator Outcomes:

  1.  Learn pedagogical approaches that increase student engagement and enhance critical-thinking skills while raising subject area-   literacy.
  2. Identify targeted learning tasks to foster specific skills such as reading comprehension, domain-specific vocabulary development,   making predictions, and understanding perspectives. 
  3. Effectively master the use of  technology to differentiate for students’ individual interests, needs, learning preferences, and pacing. 
  4. Discover strategies for developing compelling and supporting questions as students interact with and evaluate digital content. 

Educators will learn how high quality digital content can be used  to reach diverse learners through  personalized learning in science. Participants will discover K-12 science topics through differentiated  text, images, videos, and primary  source documents – paired with  targeted learning tasks to support  students’ unique needs, preferences,  learning styles, and goals.

Educator Outcomes:

  1.  Learn pedagogical approaches that increase student engagement and enhance critical-thinking skills while raising subject area-literacy.
  2. Identify targeted learning tasks to foster specific skills such as reading comprehension, domain-specific vocabulary development, making predictions, and understanding perspectives. 
  3. Effectively master the use of technology to differentiate for students’ individual interests, needs, learning   preferences, and pacing. 
  4. Discover strategies for developing compelling and supporting questions as students interact with and evaluate digital content.

Teachers will explore the power of digital storytelling to transform students from passive learners to engaged communicators. They will learn how to challenge students through the creation of digital stories to engage them in the “language of their generation,” while giving them tools to amplify their voice and ideas. Students who use LumieLabs/digital storytelling will also develop deeper content knowledge, increasing their subject-area comprehension, retention, and mastery.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Understand digital storytelling and the role video plays in providing voice and choice across the curriculum.  
  2. Understand key features and functionalities in supporting student video.  
  3. Discover how to use LumieLabs editing features to reinforce digital and media literacy skills

This session provides ways for teachers to embed SEL skills into Literacy. Learn how to teach students the importance of developing and integrating social emotional learning skills when reading a text or exploring media sources, such as images and videos, using Britannica resources.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will learn strategies on how to embed SEL into Literacy.
  2. Learn the importance of developing and integrating social emotional learning skills when reading a text or exploring media sources.

The very big, very real task of today’s educators is to ignite in students the desire to discover while also arming them with the judgment to wade through false and misleading information from questionable sources. Students must learn to understand and respect different perspectives, as well as develop the communication skills to express their own. Students who internalize these information-literacy abilities dramatically increase their potential for success in learning across the board.

In this professional learning we will cover the student skill sets necessary to develop information literacy and provide targeted learning tasks for educators to empower students to uncover information needs and determine how to locate, evaluate, and use the information they find.

Educator Outcomes: 

  1. Support student research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  2.   Learn new strategies to teach students to distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
  3. Practice proven ways of evaluating the credibility and accuracy of sources and noting any discrepancies among the data.
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This session provides ways for teachers to embed strategies that support English language learners in Literacy. Teachers will learn the importance of developing specific skills in Literacy and equip students with these skills when reading a text or exploring media sources, such as images and videos, using Britannica resources.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will explore strategies and literacy skills they can embed into their lessons, to support English language learners when reading a text of exploring media sources. 
  2. Teachers will learn the importance of supporting students in their development of specific Literacy skills.

Educators will learn how high quality digital content can be used  to reach diverse learners through  personalized learning in social studies.  Participants will discover K-12 social  studies topics through differentiated  text, images, videos, and primary  source documents – paired with  targeted learning tasks to support  students’ unique needs, preferences,  learning styles, and goals.

Educator Outcomes:

  1.  Learn pedagogical approaches that increase student engagement and enhance critical-thinking skills while raising subject area-   literacy.
  2. Identify targeted learning tasks to foster specific skills such as reading comprehension, domain-specific vocabulary development,   making predictions, and understanding perspectives. 
  3. Effectively master the use of  technology to differentiate for students’ individual interests, needs, learning preferences, and pacing. 
  4. Discover strategies for developing compelling and supporting questions as students interact with and evaluate digital content. 

Britannica’s wide selection of informational texts helps k-12 learners make connections to past figures, events, and time periods. We’ll discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Explore ways to analyze the impact of specific word choices in a text. 
  2. Develop learning tasks to evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. 
  3. Develop appropriate scaffolding strategies to support students with complex text. 
  4. Learn ways to teach how to determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose. 
  5. Explore strategies to teach academic and domain specific words and phrases in a text.

This PL focuses on digital content in the form of images, maps, timelines, diagrams, and other graphic elements paired with strategies and activities that promote visual skill development.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sometimes the oldest sayings are the truest. English language-arts standards emphasize the importance of developing visual literacy skills in students or, in other words, fostering the ability to interpret meaning and information in images and graphic elements.

Images, maps, insets, timelines, diagrams, captions, and other graphic elements are typically included throughout educational texts to help students gain full access to the information presented. These elements can help both struggling readers and more adept pupils understand the meaning and context of anything they read.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will identify key questions that students can ask when analyzing images across multiple media sources, to help them think critically.  
  2. Explore effective strategies that will support students in strengthening their literacy skills.

This session will explore history’s greatest events by exploring a wide variety of primary source documents, and learn how to make history come alive for K-12 students with primary sources.  We will also make connections to past figures, events, and time periods and discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking. 

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Teacher’s will explore Britannica’s wide variety of primary source documents.  
  2. Discover text, images, audio, and video content paired with practical strategies to engage students in critical thinking.  
  3. Learn how to support students in making connections to past figures, events, and time periods.

Britannica Digital Learning has partnered with Guided Inquiry Design, led by author, Leslie K. Maniotes M.ED., Ph.D., to offer professional learning, grounded in research, to provide the basic principles of Guided Inquiry in daily instruction. View flyer for more information.

Learn the foundational aspect of inquiry based learning and strategies to design lessons that make students curious about the standards you teach.

Educator Outcomes:

  1. Understand the foundations of inquiry-based learning.
  2. Experience inquiry-based learning from the learner’s perspective.
  3. Explore Britannica’s resources using an inquiry stance in an area of choice that is connected to the teaching standards.
  4. Discover how to use the multimedia components of EB (images and diagrams) to engage students in inquiry based thinking and learning.
  5. Apply the foundations of inquiry to design a plan that engages students in inquiry in the content you teach.  

Educators will learn how high quality digital content can be used  to reach diverse learners through  personalized learning in science. Participants will discover K-12 science topics through differentiated  text, images, videos, and primary  source documents – paired with  targeted learning tasks to support  students’ unique needs, preferences,  learning styles, and goals.

Educator Outcomes:

  1.  Learn pedagogical approaches that increase student engagement and enhance critical-thinking skills while raising subject area-literacy.
  2. Identify targeted learning tasks to foster specific skills such as reading comprehension, domain-specific vocabulary development, making predictions, and understanding perspectives. 
  3. Effectively master the use of technology to differentiate for students’ individual interests, needs, learning   preferences, and pacing. 
  4. Discover strategies for developing compelling and supporting questions as students interact with and evaluate digital content.

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