Learning objective - Zooming in

A simple, but effective learning objective: Zooming in

How do you keep your pupils interested in your lesson?

As a teacher, you often need to be a great presenter and storyteller to draw your students into the lesson. We at LessonUp know this isn’t an easy task.

In the next few weeks, we’ll help you create three effective and fun learning objectives that will ensure student engagement.

This week: 'Zoom in'. A simple technique using the Symbol component in the lesson editor.

What does it mean to 'zoom in'?

It's as simple as showing snippets of a photo or zooming into specific details. This activity allows students to focus on details while drawing their own conclusions. You promote observational learning and deductive reasoning as you reveal more and more details until the full image is finally revealed. Students then realise that 'thinking' is a process and that their way of thinking can change based on new insights.

How to create a 'Zoom In' in your lesson

Use a relevant image to get the most out of this learning technique. Apart from the importance of the content, this will also prevent 'Zoom In' from becoming a guessing game instead of looking at it carefully and formulating good questions.

You can stimulate thinking by providing questions as each new section of the image is revealed:

  • What do you see?
  • What do you notice?
  • Does the new information tell you something?
  • What questions do you have now?

The best way to make a good 'Zoom in' is to start backwards with a slide of the full image revealed. This way, you can easily assess which image details you want to show the students on different slides. Click on the symbol component and use the rectangle, fill it in as black. Copy and paste a few and place the blocks on certain areas of the image you don't want to show.

Then make a copy of the slide and then keep placing more black blocks in new areas. Repeat this until the whole screen is black. 'Zoom in' is now ready to use, just reorganise your slides to where the all-black slide is first and the full image revealed is last!

How can you use it?

A good 'Zoom in' can be used for any subject as it focuses on activating prior knowledge and asking critical questions. Don't forget to use a striking or emotion-driven image to create a great response from your students. Feel free to use the article example for your first time, click here for the lesson.

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Written by Jan Wolter Smit - Head of Education, LessonUp