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Using TV to Help Children Learn Workshop


What is the last thing that you learned from TV? Children learn from TV whenever it is on. The only question is what they learn. Children are natural active learners. You can take advantage of that and help them develop active viewing habits. TV is a wonderful teacher but it may also show things that you are not comfortable with.




What would make TV viewing beneficial or problematic? Picture your children watching TV. Where is everyone in the room and what are they doing as they watch? As you listen to the discussion, use this picture to assess your use of TV.


Field Visit

Keep your questions and the active learning questions in mind and take notes. Why is viewing interactively important if you want children to learn? What rules do you have for watching TV? How do you implement these rules? What strategies might you use to engage your kids with TV?


Follow-up Discussion

What do you do after watching a TV program or video? What follow-up activities could extend the lessons from the programs? What do your children learn from TV at different ages? What were the panelists' reactions to the video?


Activity: Interactive TV Play

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can you make watching TV more active? How can you take what's on the screen and make it real and hands-on?

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Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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