Project 1: Virtual Visit to the United Nations
This project is intended to stimulate students to examine and consider the role of the United Nations as an agent of peace and security. Students will become acquainted with the United Nations (UN) via the Internet. Through the examination of the United Nations web site, students will collect, disseminate and present information regarding the origins of the UN, its purpose and governing principles, and the structure of the UN organization. Students will appraise and comment on the options the UN utilizes to maintain peace and security. Using hyper-links, students will also identify two international incidents and evaluate the effectiveness of the UN as an agent of peace and security. Through the on-line access of UN documents students will be able to read, assess and report on the role of the UN as both a peace-keeper and a peace-maker. From these on-line locations students will compile information applicable to their individual searches (dependant upon the international incidents chosen) and compare the data provided by various documents including Press reports. Students will be expected to also distinguish between the various web sites they visit and provide evaluations for a least 4 sites with regards to the effectiveness of the site and the quality of information. Students will also explore how communication technology such as the Internet affects the global political community.
Global Issues 3205
This project fits into the overall curricular plans of the school as it incorporates the use of Internet technology which has been identified as another learning/teaching resource which can be actively used by both student and teachers.
Curricular Learning Outcomes
The Global Issues curriculum guide states that the specific curricular outcomes for section 2.8:
The intended learning outcomes of this project support the aforementioned as students are provided with learning opportunities to increase their knowledge of the United Nations by exploring the UN "virtually" and using the hypermedia links to gather the most current resources available. In addition students will explain how communication technology can affect the global political community. Students will also be assisted to develop skills which can be applied to any Internet search and will be expected to assess the quality of both, sites visited and information obtained.
Learning Outcomes for Technology Education Addressed by this Project
Students will in whole or part:
The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enhance this project by giving students access to the United Nations, its organizations, its documents and its people. The WWW connection provides exposure and exploration to locations otherwise inaccessible by our students.
Other Resources being utilized:
Learning Outcomes Checklist
Students will through both guided and self-directed work:
The impact on both school and curriculum can be qualitatively measured through the increase in number of students who request to use the Internet as a research tool for their various curricular needs and by the number of teachers who begin to infuse technology (including the Internet) into their curricular activities.