Intentional and developmentally-appropriate use of media provides children with new pathways to develop the critical skills of inquiry and expression that they will use as life-long learners. This course offers examples and insights from the classroom on how to actively integrate media into playful, hands-on learning, as well as scaffold the skills children need to be media readers and writers themselves. Learn evidence-based strategies and practices to start using media-based projects in your PreK-2 classroom today. The lesson you develop as a result of this coursework may be submitted as an artifact for the PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification micro-credential, Implementing Media Projects in Early Childhood.
This course will deepen teachers’ ability to create and implement instruction that helps PreK – 2 students learn developmentally appropriate content by creating and sharing their own media. During this course, learners will build their understanding of the following concepts:
- Understand the role media literacy plays in early childhood education.
- Identify Digital Resources that are “just right” fit for learners and learning objectives.
- Explore and evaluate digital resources that Develop Habits of Inquiry and Skills of Expression.
- Understand that for children to be adequately prepared for life, learning must include the skills to safely and effectively use the tools they will encounter in our increasingly digital world.
- Gain knowledge of how teachers build young children’s habits of inquiry and skills of expression.
- Learn the difference between content used to support learners’ understanding and the context for integrating media into activities and learning goals.
- Recognize examples of connected learning in action in child care programs and classrooms.
- Gain a foundation to explore playful learning environments that integrate PBS KIDS content to support science learning objectives and knowledge goals.
- Summary of key message from NAEYC’s Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Position Statement
- Responding to Resistance: Why We Should Mandate Media Literacy in Early Childhood Education by Faith Rogow
- Observe characteristics of high-quality and relevant children’s books, videos, and digital games.
- Read and reflect on descriptions of inquiry-based and connected learning in science.
- Via video, observe case studies to see these approaches in action.
- Reflect and discuss how the media supports children’s understanding of science inquiry.
- Engage in offline planning to develop/revise a playful learning activity or lesson plan.
- Create a Digital Resource plan for your classroom.
- Complete a brief, multiple-choice quiz to evaluate their learning.
You will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, which can be used for verification with your school administration or state/district PD office for recertification units or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.
Learners who successfully complete PBS TeacherLine courses may be eligible for CEU credits from their state or school district. Learners should check with their district or state professional development office to determine eligibility before enrolling in a PBS TeacherLine course.
PBS TeacherLine provides Learners with:
- The opportunity to print a course certificate of completion which includes course hours of the course.
- A PDF copy of the course syllabus.
PBS TeacherLine does not offer CEUs directly and is not authorized to grant CEU credits. This is typically done by state and district professional development offices.
The Self-Paced Courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 to 4 hours. Learners have a full year of access to their Self-Paced Course content that begins immediately upon enrollment.
The design and structure of the PBS TeacherLine course is based on best practices and research that highlight the importance of content-focused curriculum methods and active learning assignments that provide teachers with opportunities to design, practice and refine teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Learners can explore the course content, watch videos, complete interactive activities, reflect on learning with peers, and take self-assessments. Working at their own pace and according to their individual schedules, learners will have access to the course for 1 year after the purchase date to complete this 3 hour professional learning opportunity.
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Our self-paced courses typically require 1.5 to 4 hours of study. Learners will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, activities, and multiple-choice quizzes. All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.