Break from the bubble: how to open students’ minds to different perspectives

28 October 2021

A webinar on how to use different perspectives to enrich classroom discussions.

About this webinar:

This webinar took place on Thursday October 28th 1:30-2:30pm (BST). You can watch it on-demand above!

It was both UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week and U.S. Media Literacy Week and we hosted a live webinar to support teachers!

Students’ opinions on the news is increasingly influenced by their “bubble” - what they experience, who they follow, and where they get their information.

Yet it’s vital that young people engage with voices from other communities and cultures to develop informed opinions about the questions that matter.

So how do we help them escape the echo-chamber and hear views they wouldn’t normally encounter or give time to?

We draw on years of experience in facilitating news discussions and share the methods we use in our Topical Talk resources. Watch the recording to learn:

  • Quick and easy ways to add external perspectives into your planning
  • Tried-and-trusted activities that generate competing arguments
  • How to counter students’ opinions without influencing them with yours
  • How to help them disagree respectfully and focus on ideas, not individuals

Plus, we share simple strategies to nurture an enquiring classroom culture where students not only hear other views, but choose to seek them out.

This webinar is suitable for:

Any teacher of students aged 9+, with an interest in discussing the news.