S.O.S: Half the Story

Welcome to week 7 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Half the Story
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How many of us have ever struggled to begin student conversation around a particular topic? They say pictures are worth a thousand words.  If this is true, why wouldn’t we use images as a springboard to discussion.  Whether we are trying to show students that we need the whole picture to make an opinion or we are trying to encourage their minds  to begin processing and making connections, images provide a quick and easy way to build a foundation for learning.

Option 1

  • Pull up the image “Turkey Adopting a New Alphabet” select the large image preview.
  • Zoom in to the upper left corner, so only the image displayed above is visible.
  • Ask students to guess what this picture is about (often students will say farming)
  • After discussion, zoom out to display entire image.  Ask students how seeing the entire pictures changes their perception.

Option 2

  • Pull up the image “Great White Shark Opening Mouth”  and select large image preview
  • Zoom in on the upper right hand corner, so that you can only see part of the shark’s tail fin.
  • Ask students what they think you are studying today?
  • Scroll down on the image, displaying different sections and repeat question.
  • Finally scroll all the way to the left so the teeth are displayed and repeat question.
  • Students may say “Sharks” but explain “Today we are learning about multiplication and estimation.  We can estimate how many teeth a shark has by multiplying number of rows….”


  • Search for an image that matches your current curriculum.
  • Select the large image preview and zoom in.
  • Ask students what they believe the image is about?  How does it connect to what you are currently learning.

Have students find images on your current topic of study and create their own versions of 1/2 the story.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here.


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