Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

Content objective: Examine benefits and challenges connected to globalization including increased global connectivity and loss of local culture by connecting live with a classroom or student's relative in a Asia, Africa, or Australia/Oceania.

When you plan to implement: After the STAAR exam when we have a month for a group project that enriches this pas year. 

What tool(s) you plan to use: Skype and/or Edmodo. I have already used Edmodo to get ideas for the classroom. I have connected with some teachers under the Social Studies topic

A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences): Skype with a classroom of either a relative of one of my students that lives in one of these regions listed above OR connect with a fellow teacher through Edmodo that also teaches either AP Human Geography or World Geography at another high school and is interested  in connecting students.   I can group the kids according to the region/country of their choosing (depending on how many people we can connect with). If I have more than one group throughout my periods than they can collaborate through Google docs or Edmodo. Class groups will come up with three questions each that relate globalization and its affects on their local culture. They can then take their responses and make them into a visual presentation using Animoto, Wordle, Flickr, etc. It can be one giant technology project where they collaborate with students from other cultures and look for the themes of globalization, diffusion, and acculturation. 

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