Project 2: World LINC

General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers: David Coles - Social Studies Teacher
dcoles@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca
School: Deer Lake Pentecostal School
P.O. Box 130
Bennetts Avenue
Deer Lake, NF
A0K 2E0
Grade Level: Grade 8
Number of Students: 18 - 28
Project Start and Finish Dates: January '97 - May '97

  Project Overview

As our 'Global Community' becomes smaller with advances in technology, technological students of Deer Lake Pentecostal School need the capabilities, both mental and physical, to maintain a clear perspective on the world around them. An overview of many cultures throughout the world and an indepth study of one such culture will bring our students one step closer to being global minded participants in society.

Through Internet communication our students can obtain a fresh view of world cultures. Up to date information and on-line discussions will enhance the learning atmosphere. More importantly, students will recognize that as clearly and objectively as they think they see things, they will realize that others will see them differently from their own apparently equally clear and objective point of view. They will realize that they see the world, not as it is, but as they have been conditioned to see it.

As a result one of our major goals in this project is to make both staff and students more aware of our basic paradigm, maps or assumptions and the extent to which we have been influenced by our experiences. Through this technological communication we will examine our paradigms, test them against reality, listen to others, and be open to their perspectives, thereby getting a larger picture and a far more objective view. It is our hope that an increase in cultural sensitivity will be a major outcome in this process.

Students will study one country as an individual or as small groups to acquire as much knowledge as possible concerning that culture. The compilation of received information over a four month period will be sifted through and a class presentation will be prepared to educate their peers about this country and it's cultural aspects. This will enable our students to have a broader study of world cultures at the close of the year.

Goals

  1. To acquire knowledge concerning countries and cultures of the world.
  2. To further develop a "Global Community" view of the world.
  3. To develop a tolerance for the unique nesses of different peoples throughout the world.
  4. To accept who we are as members of our Global Community.
  5. To help us communicate more effectively with and appreciate other cultures represented within our community and school.
  6. To appreciate how the use of technology can make available a vast storehouse of information.
  7. To help acquire the necessary writing skills to communicate with others.
  8. To create an awareness of the needs of others around the world.
  9. To have students reject bigotry, bias and racism in favour of respect for the cultural traditions of other people.
  10. To create an awareness cultures cannot be judged or evaluated from a single or absolute ethical or moral perspective.

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts

As students make contacts with people of other cultures, appropriate communication will need to be made. The Language Arts program can be incorporated into the communication made through the Internet.

The Technology Education learning outcomes that are most applicable to this project in the Junior High level come from Technological Communications.

  • use a variety of communications technologies and tools.
  • use programming languages as a means of control of simple technological processes and tools.
  • use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The availability of two STEM~Net connections at our school is inadequate to meet the needs of this project. The Internet access throughout the school would greatly enhance the success of this project.

  Evaluation

  • Students will learn cultural differences between others and themselves.
  • Students will communicate to their peers this newly acquired knowledge on a particular country.
  • Students will evaluate their personal views of the world around them.
  • Students will learn e-mail communication advantages and disadvantages.
  • Students will realize that they are the product of their own culture and it is the mirror through which they see others.
  • Students will gain an increase in cultural sensitivity.

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