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Teens 101: Educational Mental Health Series

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Evaluation/Record Entry Date: May/2019
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Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 8-12
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Resource Description

This Canadian video series can help teens understand and deal with issues they or their friends may face. Each video addresses one issue or topic and presents a 10-minute story of an individual who faced that issue and was able to turn his or her life around. The inspirational stories are accompanied by an introduction, group discussion, comments from a health professional, and a closing that summarizes the information and provides further resources, including hotlines for assistance. Links are provided on the website to crisis centres for each province and resources for educators. Videos can easily be chunked into sections so teachers can select the segments that will work in their classrooms.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
These videos are a support for courses that focus on student health and well-being, such as Career and Personal Planning, Family Studies, Physical and Health Education, Anatomy and Physiology, and Social Justice. They cover a wide range of topics, such as mental health, addiction, sexuality, self-esteem, family dynamics, abuse, and bullying. Because each topic is covered in a separate video, it is easy for teachers to implement the area(s) that are most applicable for their specific classes.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Indigenous Peoples:
The health practitioner encourages students to develop a "tribe". The use of that word for non-aboriginal people is considered concerning by some Aboriginal communities.
Belief System:
In some of the videos, the host is wearing a bracelet that has a crucifix.
Ethical:
There are inconsistencies in revealing the consequences or outcomes of any illegal actions that occurred to the main characters (e.g. assault, sexual assault, bullying, abuse).
Safety:
Some of the videos show images of cutting, discussions of eating disorder behaviours, and mentions of sexual assault and assault. Teachers need to be aware of their class composition, and whether or not these images could be triggers for some learners.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Moderately
Social Considerations Comments:
Because each video is a specific person's story, it will not reflect the diversity of the issue/topic. There are multiple references throughout the video series encouraging students to seek support from professionals such as school counsellors and other school staff; counsellors, and other health professionals; and police.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
Each video tells a separate story of a main character, and how they were able to successfully turn their lives around/positively address an issue/topic. The recounting of their stories is engaging and inspirational, including vignettes and the actual characters telling their story. Learners may find that the health practitioner featured in the video series is too direct with his suggestions to the audience.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Are the presentation controls (e.g. sizing, resolutions, volume, etc.) suitable for the classroom?
Extensively
Are images clear?
Moderately
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
The videos are not viewable on Microsoft Edge, but can be viewed on other browsers. Each video begins with 1 minute of a test card image (SMPTE colour bars) and sound.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Moderately
Comments:
The videos can be broken into chunks. Each begins with a host who gives background and context to the situation. Next is an approximately 10-minute vignette/story in which a person details their life, and how they both got into and through the situation. A teen discussion panel then reviews the information that was presented. A health practitioner gives brain-based information on what was happening and strategies for dealing with a similar situation. Finally, the host summarizes the information and gives further resources, including hotlines for more assistance.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Moderately
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Is the keyword search adequate?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Descriptors:
Video content can be chunked
Comments:
The series makes good use of video to support the stories being told. Each video is easily chunked into segments (introduction, story, group discussion, health professional, closing), so that teachers can choose which segment(s) works best for their classroom.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
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Win Version(s) :
n/a
Linux Version(s) :
n/a
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The website of the video series lists links to crisis centres for each province, as well as educator resources (resources only available with purchase). These videos were originally developed as a Canadian TV series.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The videos lend themselves to class discussions on potentially sensitive topics, both before and after viewing. Because each video can be broken into chunks, teachers could choose to show one in its entirety, or only show segments. Learners could have both small and large group discussions about the issue/topic presented.
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