From Playing to Learning: Taking DS106 to the Classroom

For a little bit now, we’ve been toying and adventuring with digital storytelling.

DS106 plays a role in moving learning away from being teacher-centered.¬†Being crafty with kids is something I’m great at. I’m around two little girls, my nieces, all the time so I always see them creating something new. Sometimes, I really wonder where they pull these ideas from. Something my niece Nylah had to do for homework recently gave me the perfect idea for a visual assignment.

Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify the different types of emotions.

What different types of emotions exist and which are some you may have seen around you lately?

For this assignment, the students will cut out pictures from magazines, with the help of a guardian, of different emotions and make a collage. Next to each picture, it is the student’s job to write what emotion they think the picture is illustrating.This focuses on the emotional aspect of health since I am majoring in Health Education K-12. I actually had the opportunity to help Nylah with this assignment and she was great at identifying the emotions. Not only that, but it was fun because of the craft component.

Although I don’t have a visual of this exact example, I have a photo of another assignment. This could be one modification to suit another topic.

A-Z Photo Collage

This assignment can help with two things. It can help children become more familiar with their alphabet and it could also introduce them to different types of foods that are good for them. For this assignment, I would ask the students, again with some help, to find foods, fruits, herbs or vegetables to represent each letter and put it together in a collage in alphabetical order.

My assignments will allow my kids to be creative and put their own twist into their artwork. The collage can represent some of their favorite things they like to eat. It is easy for them to make the assignment about them. As long as the assignment is being done and the objectives are being learned, I see no harm in having it be fun.

 

Leraning Objective: Students will be able to identify and explain some of the risk factors, dangers and negative consequences associated with poor dieting, and the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

I would make this an audio assignment where students will create a warning message. This assignment would target an audience like high school students where as the visual assignment would satisfy younger grade levels. I think this will make the lesson enjoyable and fun.

4 thoughts on “From Playing to Learning: Taking DS106 to the Classroom

  1. The collage is great, and teaching kids about health and its risk factors makes the kids become more aware of their environment and their own health as well. Great post !

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