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Am I a Member of My Community? Using Web 2.0 Technology to Explore, Define, and Share One's Community

Am I a Member of My Community? Using Web 2.0 Technology to Explore, Define, and Share One's Community

I know that I’m a member of society, but am I a member of my community? What defines the specific community that I am a part of? And how can I share my unique community with the world?

The educational need that this lesson will address is helping students to learn about, define, and share their community. This can be an interest group community or a large geographical community. Students will explore which aspects of their community have influenced them, the things they are proud of, and how they would like to define their community for the world to see.

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Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış
5 years ago

This lesson aims to help students learn about, define, and share their community. The authenticity of learning in this lesson is evident because students use real-world examples to create a presentation of their own community. It is a great idea to use multi-media to help students brainstorm about their community. I also like that students interview at least two members of their community for this lesson; thus, this lesson provides students with varied ways to express themselves. 

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Lesson is in Google Drive.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Kollette Bordeaux
Kollette Bordeaux (Student)
5 years ago

This lesson on communities follows the principles of a goal-oriented instructional design plan that also applies UDL learning principles.  The educational need this lesson addresses is helping high school students to learn about, define, and share their community.  The author of this lesson will help students accomplish this task by having them interview members of their community, synthesize their information, and share their unique definition with a larger audience using Web 2.0 technology.  Because this activity is personal to each student the author encourages her students to take pride in self discovery.  This lesson plan is well thought out, organized, and very thorough.  

Technical Remarks:

This lesson requires computers, internet access, Web 2.0, and plenty of time in a computer lab for a successful lesson.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Sara Galbreath
Sara Galbreath (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

This is a thorough lesson that guides teachers through introducing and building upon student knowledge of communities. I appreciate that this lesson activates student's background knowledge through graphic organizers. I also like that the goal of this lesson is for students to construct their own meaning of community and not simply memorize a definition from a book. This lesson includes interviewing community members, as well as a final presentation at the end.

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Lesson is in GoogleDrive

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Edith Erickson
Edith Erickson (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

This is a lesson plan that is intended to familiarize students with the idea of community membership. It is simple to follow and could easily be accomplished by most students. It could also be adapted for use with younger students, perhaps exploring their school community by interviewing students and staff, or their home community by interviewing family members. One thing that I am unclear of is the context in which this would be taught. Is this meant as a sociology lesson, technology lesson, or something else? 

Technical Remarks:

The technology used is flexible enough that teachers and students can use the resources they have available in order to successfully implement this lesson plan and complete the project.

Time spent reviewing site: 8 minutes