When we put technology in the hands of students, especially technology to take home with them, we recognize the responsibility for providing accompanying knowledge and guidelines. But how we do this is just as important as whether or not we do it. When it comes to this topic, students expect a lecture. We know what happens when kids are subjected to this ineffective method of delivering information on a sensitive topic but we often revert to it because it is what we experienced as students or because it is easier when we are pressed for time.
Here are a couple of tips for getting the message across in a more engaging, interesting way:
- Task students with creating short public service announcements centered around emphasized topics. Publish the best PSAs in a secure location.
- Divide students in half. Half of the students discuss what not to do and the other what to do, centered around a given theme. Have students create and share a product based on their discussions.