Student engagement is a vital element for effective science instruction
(Heddy & Sinatra, 2013). However, students typically become less engaged in
science as they advance in school years (Ofsted, 2015). Superheroes have been a
mainstay in popular culture and multimedia for decades. Science teachers can
harness this widespread interest to enhance lessons, broaden assessments, and
increase student engagement. Participants will examine multiple superhero
examples, each with applications to specific NGSS performance expectations. They
will also consider research content from science journals and organizations
(National Geographic, Scientific American, NASA, NOAA, WHO, etc.) to catalyze
further exploration and extensions. In addition to specific activities, teachers
will practice analyzing popular culture and research for wider engagement. They
will also review important copyright parameters and “fair use” in the classroom,
with an emphasis on appropriate implementation.
Participants in this interactive session will examine a variety of multimedia superhero examples, with a focus on immediate classroom implementation AND legal copyright “fair use.” In addition to specific lessons, teachers will practice analyzing and applying media and research to engage students.
Daniel Bergman (Wichita State University: Wichita, KS)