Teaching with Media

Those of you who have been to www.mrroughton.com know that my philosophy on education is that motivation is key. I believe a motivated student is a successful student almost every time.

On mrroughton.com you can find some information about the media I use to keep my students motivated.  My goal with this section of the site is to provide many more ideas on using popular media in the classroom.  I will include reviews of whatever I come across that I think can fit into the classroom.

I’ll rate media using the following categories:

-Motivational Potential: How will students react to this media? A 1 rating here indicates “might as well be a textbook” whereas a 5 rating indicates “might as well be an Xbox.”

-Educational Potential: What is the educational component of this media and how much do you get out of versus the time it runs? A 1 rating in this category would indicate only a minor, passing educational reference (if it had none it wouldn’t be on the site) that many students may not even get, a 5 would indcate documentary-level education.  I will also comment on the classroom-appropriateness of the media here.

My background is in history so that will be the focus of the site but any educational content I come across in media will be shared.

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