Walk in Someone Else's Shoes (Word
utilize the Internet to harvest facts related
to their topic on the plight of those less fortunate,
and use an electronic worksheet for collection
and to cite sources. They harvest appropriate
graphics as well and the information and graphics
are used to create a PowerPoint project for class
here for the PowerPoint template.
Computer Enhanced Instruction/English Language
Educational Technology Standards: II. Planning
and Designing Learning Environments & Experiences:
C. Identified and located tech.resources and evaluated
them for accuracy and suitability III. Teaching,
Learning and Curriculum: A - D VI. Social, Ethical,
Legal and Human Issues: A. Model and teach legal
and ethical practice related to technology use.
ELA Standards: 3. Students apply a wide range
of strategies to comprehend, interpret and evaluate
information 8. Students use a variety of technological
and informational resources to gather and synthesize
information and to create and communicate knowledge.
The Internet is employed to collect, evaluate,
and present information that has been synthesized,
discussed, and finally used to create and present
Required materials include a computer with Internet
access, Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, a Web
browser, CPU, printer, television monitor, and
Remote Desktop for student instruction and modeling
The students collect and synthesize online information,
create new knowledge based on their findings,
and become aware of the ethical issues regarding
information on the Internet. They process data
and report the results via presentation.
This is a project-based measurement and as the
students worked through the entire process, the
teacher observes and records each student's progress
and success. The ELA teacher uses a rubric to
measure achievement on both the content and presentation
These students are in a special education class
and required assistance along the way, but completed
the tasks with great success. They also learned
a great deal about their topic because they had
a personal interest in what they had selected.
Once the information is gathered it lends itself
to a multitude of final products. This depends
upon the focus of the teachers involved.
Always use a "directed" search with
this grade level. Providing students with a Word
document and pre-approved hyperlinks avoids unproductive
days of searching for information. Click
here for a list of URL's.
This unit allows creativity and a learning experience
different from the regular classroom in that students
collect facts, but also read individual accounts
of those who live very different lives from them.