What students can do (learn from) digital media objects

grammaticalmisDo you think you can teach grammar using the photos found in a newspaper’s archives?  Students when given their own choices of subjects to teach using photos did exactly that.  They also used photos in lessons about food and culture, music appreciation, gothic revival architecture, dress design, and historical biography.  In the words of the students:

“Using a combination of the media and text allow for an excellent blend of pictures, theories, and history,”

“Images were used to emphasize points in the text and later to serve as examples”

” … makes what might be an otherwise “boring” learning experience.. . ..fascinating and memorable”

“Instructors can tailor their assignments to match their reading or work in tandem with a social studies or history course.”

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