DIIMSA Guidesets have helped educators maintain continuous instruction during the Pandemic

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When it comes to Digital Generation Learners, it takes vision, research and innovation to create empowering activities and strategies. To reach this generation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, DIIMSA Researchers have developed an empowering real world connection activity for in-person, remote, virtual or hybrid instructional plans -- DIIMSA Pics-Fair.

When it comes to Digital Generation Learners, it takes vision, research and innovation to create empowering activities and strategies. To reach this generation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, DIIMSA Researchers have developed an empowering real world connection activity for in-person, remote, virtual or hybrid instructional plans -- DIIMSA Pics-Fair.

In this digital age, how do educators teach children who appear to know more about technology than adults do? How do educators help socially or economically disadvantaged students achieve in science? How do educators train and motivate teachers to integrate science and literacy into the curriculum during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Educating students born surrounded by technology and digital media provides great challenges for educators and adding the constraints of the COVID-19 Pandemic makes it more challenging. Teachers are finding it difficult to use problem solving and inquiry to get students interested in the details of science. Even teachers with the best of skills can find themselves behind the curve in providing relevancy and competence in their instructional plans. Many educators consider technology a potent vehicle for transforming education, yet only a few report any confidence in integrating true technology into classroom instruction as schools move into options for learning. DIIMSA Pics-Fair (Digital Imagery as an Instructional Mode for Student Achievement Picture Fair) addresses these issues by providing techniques to engage, stimulate and motivate learners to want to learn topics, concepts, vocabulary and content. DIIMSA Pics-Fair provides a way for educators to enhance instructional plans for in-person, remote, virtual or hybrid instruction by providing techniques to engage, stimulate and motivate learners to want to learn topics, concepts, vocabulary and content.

DIIMSA Pics-Fair is a topic- or concept-to-picture Instructional Assignment that provides a way for students to let the camera drive the content as they explore and research science in their own communities. The primary goal of DIIMSA Pics-Fair is to allow students to make connections to their learning in a different context by using authentic images captured by students themselves. Students will learn how to analyze and research their selected topic or concept by using a dynamically-captured digital image that directly relates to it. DIIMSA Pics-Fair provides an innovative approach for teachers and facilitators to integrate science and literacy as they guide learners to produce works that are supported with a clear, concise summary, supporting vocabulary, linked concepts and a related hypothesis.

DIIMSA Pics-Fair guidesets include research-based activities that provide a roadmap for teachers. Guidesets provide everything educators need to get started. DIIMSA facilitators, teachers and administrators use these guidesets to stimulate students' interest and involvement in science. Guidesets are aligned to science concepts that are taught across all 50 states and linkages to the Next Generation Science Standards.

In addition to guidesets, DIIMSA researchers have expanded approaches for educators to advance and gain access to DIIMSA Stock to help support activities in the guidesets. DIIMSA Stock is a unique stock imagery site that has a diverse set of high-resolution imagery across corporate, industrial and academic spaces. All images and video clips have a connection to the why behind the scenes and are natural and authentic. All scenes on these sites were captured by DIIMSA Researchers and are available for inclusion in instructional plans.

Join us in announcing the DIIMSA Pics-Fair Guidesets for options during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more by visiting the DIIMSA learning community resources.

About Visualrealization.com

Established in 2000, Visualrealization.com is a practice-based professional development program for teachers. Visualrealization.com uses its research-based DIIMSA Model to improve teacher quality and increase student engagement leading to student achievement. DIIMSA was developed by VisualRealization.com’s educational leadership team to provide teachers with the skills and resources needed to maintain students’ interest in science and bolster their academic achievement. DIIMSA synergistically integrates Conceptual Teaching, Collaborative Learning and Enabling Technologies in classroom teaching that can be demonstrated as students engage in campus-based, field excursion, laboratory and case study experiences.

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