media social learning

 

    So, why media?

Many students with social learning challenges struggle to process and understand social movement as it unfolds. Without the option to pause, rewind and assess what’s happening, learning opportunities are lost in the rapid developments of real life situations.


When used responsibly YouTube videos, movies and even video gaming, can be used in positive, effective ways to dissect and understand a scenario as it develops and changes. Ultimately, media engages our students in ways that real life and static pictures can’t do.


    Great, but how does it work?

Ultimately our goal is to help students develop and maintain fulfilling relationships by improving their “in the moment” interactions.

    First: By discussing the social relationships and emotional experiences of characters on screen students can build understanding and comfort level with these abstract concepts.

    Then: After discussions (and laughter) about characters, students feel more comfortable and willing to take those tentative first steps of regarding their own, similar feelings and experiences.


   This is achieved by helping students:

-Understand feelings – their own as well as those of others

-Become better perspective takers

-Improve how they interpret important contextual and nonverbal information

-Engage more with those around them


    Want some ideas of how to put this into practice?

Student illustrations on the Building Bridges page provide examples of moving from character to self-observations.