In a role play (round table discussion) the students find arguments for the pros and cons of "media use in the classroom".
Aims and objectives
- to discuss the potentials of media for sustainable, self-responsible learning processes
- to try out one broadly usable, exemplary method of how to integrate media in learning situations
- 4 microphones, 1 mixer and recording device (one audio recording device or video camera is basically enough)
- Audio programme (e.g. Audacity)
Alternatively the activity can be carried out as a panel discussion in front of a life audience and not be recorded at all.
Reflection for the students / questions for debriefing
Questions for debriefing immediately after the discussion:
- How did the students feel in their roles during the discussion?
- Was it easy or difficult to find arguments and to react to arguments of other participants in the discussion?
Questions for debriefing after cuts by an audio program:
- Which participant could bring the best arguments and why?
- Which role was particularly sympathetic and why?
- Who had the most speaking time and why? (From the media educational point of view special emphasis should be put on the question “why”.)
Suggestions for adaptations and variations
The final outcome is broadcasted on a web platform (e.g. Youtube) or in school-related platforms.
Reference / original source of the method
This method was taken from Anu Pöyskö's workshop "Future school – full of media" which took place at the aces Academy 2012 in Senec, Slovak Republic.
Further tips and resources
Introduction to the key concepts of media literacy: Jones, Sigrid (2006): MedienABC. Introduction into Media Education