Friday, July 11, 2014

Global village Scheme of Work

I've been working on an online course that is going to be hosted on the Geographical Association's website. It will be arriving on the website for the Autumn term, as Curriculum 2014 gets underway, and is going to be suitable for KS3 Geography.
It is linked to the GA's involvement as a major partner in the Global Learning Programme.

A number of courses and conferences have taken place this year as part of the Global Learning Programme's first year, although not as many as expected. I attended an event for Primary colleagues at the Oval earlier this month.
My course explores some ideas for using web tools to develop global stories.

One element of the course is a draft outline scheme of work.

This draft outline for a Global Learning scheme of work, which will be fleshed out over the next few months, has been put onto Google Drive, so that it is collaborative in nature. If you'd like to get involved in the development of the scheme, please get in touch. I'd be keen to hear feedback on what I'm suggesting. You may have ideas for how to develop specific sessions.

Here are some details:

The scheme of work starts with Carl Sagan’s famous description of Earth as a ‘pale blue dot’. Students are asked to explore the idea of the ‘global village’ that is the Earth. Who lives in the village? What inequalities are there within the population of this village?
Having populated the village, there is then a need to explore the identity of its residents, using the notion of the ‘cultural iceberg’. The population of any village is not stable, and possible reasons for changes in the structure of the village are explored. These mirror the changes in the structure of the global population, and some of the challenges that it faces.

The final part of the scheme of work is a possible assessment piece, or final presentation. It takes its inspiration from the gold disc that was attached to the Voyager space probe that was launched. Students will be asked to choose images and text which represents our global community today, rather than those which were thought of as being representative back in 1977, when Voyager was launched.

Over to you :)



I shall let you know when the unit goes live on the GA website.

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