S.O.S: Now Screening

Welcome to week 12 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.

Now Screening
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According to John Medina, author of Brain Rules (a must read for educators), your brain can hold about 7 pieces of information for 30 seconds. It must be repeated or it disappears.  The more you repeat exposure, the longer your brain will hold the memory.  Equally important is the way in which big ideas are introduced. “The first few seconds of encoding new information is crucial in determining whether something that is initially perceived will be remembered.” Memories are important so you need to repeat to remember.  Through using images to introduce students to new big ideas/concepts/themes and then utilizing those same images as screen savers on our computers, we are reminding students of the most important components of our unit of study.


  • During your ocean unit of study, introduce the following images and essential questions to your students and remind them that you will refer to these several times throughout the unit:
  • As you show pictures, have students pair share their initial thoughts
  • Change your screen savers on your computers and/or mobile devices to display these images.


  • Select a 5-7 images that represent your current unit of study.
  • Use these images to engage students in initial conversations on big ideas/concepts/themes
  • Change your screen savers on your computers and/or mobile devices to display these images so that students see and reflect about your big ideas several times throughout your unit

Have students find, take, or draw images that represent your big ideas/concepts/themes and turn them into screen savers.

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.

So see other strategies in this series click here.  For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.


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