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Celebrating Student Work in Social Studies with Virtual Tours

Elementary Sample Unit

Standards Alignment



Evaluation Goals



Content Outline




Class Components



Session 1 – Introduction to the Study of World Communities

Author: Terri Ciaramello
· Content Teaching Points: Gain understanding of new Scope and Sequence
· Technology Teaching Points: Introduce the culminating project - the digital template ("Airport Organizer")




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Session 2 – Selecting Appropriate Websites

Author: Shante' Chunn and Terri Ciaramello
· Content Teaching Points: How can I use social studies keywords to help find appropriate websites for my students to research?
· Technology Teaching Points: Which websites, directories, and free databases can I use to conduct the study?




Session 3 – Safe and Simple Researching with Trackstar

Author: Robert McDougall
· Content Teaching Points: How can I arrange online resources for easy use?
· Technology Teaching Points: How do I protect my students while doing research on the internet?




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Session 4 – Using Microsoft Word to Organize Our Research

Author: Maritza Azaria
· Content Teaching Points: How do I organize information I gathered?
· Technology Teaching Points: How do I utilize Micorsoft Word tools to organize my online resources?




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Session 5 – Enhancing Our Projects with Voice Narration

Author(s) Maritza Azaria
· Content Teaching Points: To match the information to the research questions by categorizing selections to facilitate student research
· Technology Teaching Points: What is a good tool in Microsoft PowerPoint which will help us use technology effectively? How can I allow an audience to re-play important information delivered during a presentation?




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http://movies.atomiclearning.com/movie/k12/29837/play

Session 6 – Enhancing Our Final Presentation

Author(s): Shante Chunn
· Content Teaching Points: How to distinguish important facts from extraneous details.
· Technology Teaching Points: How to create links in Power Point.




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Session 7 – Planning Our Next Trip

Author: Terri Ciaramello
· Content Teaching Points: How to effectively draw comparisons among different world communities when studying the same features at each destination.
· Technology Teaching Points: How to edit the template to accomodate our next "trip."





Session 8 – Publishing, Sharing and Celebrating Using Wikispaces

Author: Robert McDougall
  • Content Teaching Points: to learn how to make and oral and visual presentation of a world community
  • Technology Teaching Points: to learn how to share links and Power Points on a wiki and making a wiki




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Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.