Project 2 - GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Bruce Burton
bburton@stemnet.nf.ca
John Spencer
jspencer@stemnet.nf.ca
School: ST. JAMES' REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
BOX 910
PORT AUX BASQUES, NF
AOM 1CO
(709) 695-3551
Grade Level: SENIOR HIGH
Number of Students: APPROXIMATELY 70 GLOBAL ISSUES 3205 STUDENTS
Project Start and Finish Dates: September, 1998
June, 1999
Project's URL:

  Project Overview


Global Issues 3205 is resource-based (there is no required textbook) and the content of the course is by its design, global in scope. The Internet is a tremendous tool for students to supplement school based information with current, developing issues. The intent of this project is to identify global issues and track them as they develop on a daily basis. Relevancy and immediacy are the impetus for this project. Through tracking, students will gain a greater understanding of the dynamic and ongoing aspect of global issues. The greatest asset of this resource is the availability of information at the disposal of both the teacher and the students.

GOALS:

  • To develop accession skills essential for information retrieval.
  • To gain a working knowledge of the Internet and its usefulness as a research tool.
  • To realize that global issues are dynamic and ongoing - it is history in the making.
  • To develop personal communication skills by participating in class discussions based on Internet findings.

  Curriculum Connections


Social Studies

This project has relevance to many courses. For example, current affairs section of World History 3201, Democracy, Geography, Economics and Environmental Science.

Language Arts

Students will be required to write summaries and analyses of the issues they encounter while surfing the net.

Technology Education

The Internet is no longer a tool of the future. This project will make the Internet accessible to a broad section of the student population and will heighten and develop both computer literacy and Internet skills.

  Resource Connections


none stated

  Evaluation


Students will establish links with news sites on the Net such as the CBC so as to enhance their knowledge of current issues.

Students will enhance their literacy skills by reading and writing summaries of online news reports of current issues. In some cases down loading of the entire(or part) document would occur for more intensive evaluation.

Part of a student's evaluation will be based on oral reports (based on Internet search results) given to peers.

Rationale
This project can be completed by using traditional means of communication - T.V., radio, newspapers, and magazines. However, the Internet has several advantages: T. V. and radio are passive forms of communication, newspapers and magazines are not always available, and most importantly this project allots in-class time to do the searching without distractions that would be common to traditional means of communication found at home. It is one thing to ask a student to follow news stories at home and another to actually get him/her to do so!

  Project Summary

Summaries will be added as they become available.

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