Digi Lit Sunday: Access for All

You know when you introduce a concept that you thought students knew, and they look at you like you’re speaking a foreign language? That’s how it can feel at the beginning of the year.

Maybe they knew it, last year. Perhaps summer has dug a hole between last year and now. Time to build a bridge that allows students easier access from the other side.

One way to transport students across that gap is through a medium they know and love. Video.

The “reading” students do when viewing a well-crafted ad or video clip can bring valuable literary practices and abstract concepts to life

Practices, such as re-reading with a lens, are accessed quickly. Things that are unseen while reading can’t be missed in video. Highlighting one element while viewing can remind or trigger the “oh yeah” or “aha” moment for students.

“Students as you watch this, I want you to look for …”

By combining powerful images with practices for reading text, students can internalize what it means to visualize, take on a lens for a closer look, put all the pieces together and even consider craft moves.

Compare the visual to the book and inquire, how is the experience different and how can it be the same.

Be brave. Sometimes it takes more than the printed word to ignite learning.

Happy DigiLit Sunday! Find more digital inspiration at Margaret Simon’s DigiLIt Sunday link up here.


3 thoughts on “Digi Lit Sunday: Access for All

  1. I’ve found through conversations with students that there are a few that don’t visualize when they read. They take in the action, the story, but do not have the habit of imagining scenes, characters, etc. Often they’re surprised when they realize that many others do visualize the story. This lesson will offer that idea, Julieanne.

  2. I didn’t know that there were students who didn’t visualize until a few years ago one admitted this to me. No wonder he was so smart but didn’t do well on reading tests. Like Linda, I can see that video would lend itself to helping students visualize. I love how you use video with your kids and look forward to learning more ways to incorporate clips in my lessons. Thanks for linking up.

  3. Love this to the point and brief blog post. YES! Totally agree and see the value in presenting students with images and videos and asking them to do the work of reading them. It would be fun to put together a library of images and clips together as a learning community.

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