Project 4: The Global Community

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Annette Warford-King - Grade 8 Social Studies Teacher
(aking@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Gary White - Teacher/Librarian
(gwhite@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Frank Roberts Intermediate
P.O. Box 203
Foxtrap, NF
A0A 2J0
Tel: (709) 834-8002
Grade Level: Grade 8
Number of Students: 60 - 65
Project Start and Finish Dates: September, 1998 - June 1999

  Project Overview

Students in this course gather information throughout the year as they complete an extensive resource-based unit on Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America and Europe. Gathering information for each of these physical regions is sometimes difficult especially in the area of up-to-date statistics. Students could greatly benefit from the use of the Internet as they are required to supply information such as population of the area, GNP, GDP, Age distribution and Exchange rates just to name a few of the many components of each assignment.

In addition to finding statistical information, the student becomes aware of the distinctive lifestyles of people in these regions of the world. Even-though there are distinctive lifestyles of these people, they are linked by common needs. The environment, history, economic and political links are just a few areas that bind people in a global community. Through the use of electronic mail to each of these areas of the world (i.e. penpal through school) the students can compare/contrast their lifestyles in this global community.

Children are eager to know about the world we live in particularly about cultures in other parts of the world; their curiosity is stimulated, and their intellectual life is enriched if their learning environment is well-conducted. To achieve such desirable ends within the learning environment, the technological access and energetic participation by all concerned in discovering problem solving pursuits are needed.

  Curriculum Connections

3.1 Main Curriculum Areas Relating to the Project:

  • Social Studies - Exploring World Cultures Entire Program
  • Mathematics - Statistics Unit and Graphing Unit

3.2 In column one list one or more appropriate Department of Education Learning Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project fulfill the curriculum requirements.

Department of Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Students will better understand parts of the world that were once unknown to them. 1. Students will obtain vital statistical information on countries in the East Asia region and use this information to compare to their own country Canada in the form of a circle graph.
2. Students will develop values and skills essential for developing a student's potential as individuals and citizens. 2. Through the use of e-mail students will correspond to penpals throughout the world. Students will use the proper format of addressing individuals. Through the use of communication students will also become aware of the common needs of people throughout the world.

3.3 In column one list the appropriate Department of Education Technology Education Outcomes. In column two describe how the outcomes of your project satisfy the curriculum requirements.

Technology Education Learning Outcomes Project Links
1. Students will become competent in searching the WWW. 1. In a circle graph, students will give statistical information about the region of the world they are studying. (e.g. Sudan).
2. Students will be proficient in downloading and uploading files. 2. Students will submit a printed file that they use from the Internet in their report on East Asia.
3. Students will use communication technologies to communicate with other students, teachers and others at a distance. 3. Students will again print some of their e-mail to submit in their report of their Resource Unit on any of the three major projects completed through-out the year.

  Resource Connections

4.1 Explain how a high-speed STELLAR school connection will enable or enhance this project.

The Stellar School Internet connection will enable students to access up-to date information for statistical purposes. The Internet connection will also student to communicate with other areas of the world for comparison and to contrast aspects of their cultures to other cultures.

During the past two years students completing this project have used the Internet to help them complete their assignment. These students were able to use the WWW through the use of their own personnel computers or through computers at the community library. Unfortunately not all students were unable to avail of these resources.

4.2 List other resources required for the success of this project.

In addition to the use of the Internet, students will also use a variety of computer programs, (PC Globe, Word Perfect, Map and Facts, various CD ROM programs) Audio Visual, and many print resources.

The students themselves will also be a resource to their penpals that they will meet through the use of the e-mail system. Just as their penpals will be a resource to the students as they complete their resource unit.

  Evaluation

5.1 Develop a time line to indicate when you expect students to achieve the intended learning outcomes or accomplish milestones that indicate substantial progress.

Expected Date

Outcome or Milestone

Date
Achieved

December 98 Students will have completed Resource-Based projects on Latin America. Projects will be graded by Social Studies teacher.  
March 99 Students will have completed Resource-Based projects on East Asia. Projects will be graded by Social Studies teacher.  
June 99 Students will have completed Resource-Based projects on Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects will be graded by Social Studies teacher.  
     

5.2 Discuss how this project provides an opportunity for students to communicate with others (e.g. e-mail, newsgroups, web pages and electronic presentations that include text and/or multimedia.

Students will have the opportunity to correspond to other students through-out the world through the use of e-mail. They can discuss their lifestyles in order to compare or contrast their daily living. Using the e-mail system students can obtain vital information that will enable them to see the reality of the information that they read and use in other formats of information i.e. print, CD-ROM, and computer programs.

Students may be able to complete a report that can be used on their own school page for their penpals to read or download.

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