This lesson will be used next week to complete a unit on disparities in wealth and development taught as part of the IB geography course. The idea is that students need to look at different global strategies designed to reduce these dipartites and evaluate their effectiveness. In the lessons students will be paired up and will be required to explain the different strategies by designing two slides, which will make up part of a wider Google presentations. I have two classes, so this will create two different presentations covering all the material they need to know. These presentations will then be shared with the other class and the students will be required to comment on the effectiveness of each of the strategies through the comment feature in Google presentations, thus fulfilling the evaluation requirement of the syllabus. Hopefully it will create some debate on the different strategies, for example a comment thread on whether aid is needed to kick start economies or creates dependency.
You can view the collection of documents, templates, and the rubric for this series of lessons here.
I am hoping that students not only develop the content knowledge needed, but hone their skills with Google docs and the commenting function as it is a tool I see myself using more in the coming months. I am hoping to print the finished product, both slides and comment threads to make up a display of the evaluation process we went through for future use. It will be interesting to see how Google docs will be with this.
Ill reflect on how the lesson went and any problems I encountered in the coming weeks .