Global Connections, a Study of World Cultures

Silver level

Published on 7/2/2012

Learning objectives

  • Raise student level of cultural awareness
  • Develop research and presentation skills
  • Provide authentic learning experiences
Created for

Ages 8 - 10

Subject

Citizenship

Digital/Media Literacy

Geography

Language arts and literacy

Religious Education

Social Studies

Technology/ICT

Twenty-first century skills

World Languages

21st Century Skills

Collaboration

Communication

Knowledge building & critical thinking

Global awareness & civic literacy

ICT for learning

Problem solving & innovation (creativity)

Student self-assessment

Required hardware

PC

Instructional approach

Project based learning (PBL)

Personalized learning

Independent study

Learning activity details

The Culture Studies project in fourth grade serves to give students a sense of the world around them, an understanding of cultures around the globe. The students develop a framework which helps them research, compare and contrast cultures. Using books and online resources, the students gather information, create poster presentations and digital presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. The students then blog about the countries they have studies. Students receive authentic feedback from people living around the world. They develop a global voice, experience a positive digital footprint, and contribute to the learning of others. Students learn to create blog posts that inspire and educate readers. They learn to ask questions and gather information from others. This year their blogging project was translated into 14 languages, had over 1,000 visits, over 300 comments and visitors from 49 countries. The culminating events are individual presentations at the annual Multicultural Festival.

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