Saving Samantha: Malaria, Prevention and Eradication A Wiki Based Lesson Plan By Ellen RosnerFeig All images courtesy of ONE.org and Malaria No More
Synopsis of Lesson On a family trip to Malawi, your thirteen year old sister and twin, Sammie, becomes ill with fevers, chills, nausea and vomiting. The doctors in the local emergency room have told your parents that Sammie is suffering from malaria and that she will need to be treated with medicine in order to get well. Fearing for your other half, you are determined to find out everything you can about malaria including how to prevent and end it in order to help get Sammie well.
Teacher Resources Teachers will need to: Set up a class page on Wikibooks and give students access (www.wikibooks.com) Set up a class project page on Wikiversity and give students access (www.wikiversity.com) Create a handout with rules on how to use both sites Create a grading rubric
Goals of Lesson Project:To create a class “Malaria Handbook” online and offline that includes glossaryTo create a class blogTo create group PSAsTo create a school wide “Under the Nets” event
Students should be able to use the Internet to access material including journal articles, news article and research
Students should have basic concept of what a Wiki is, how to use one and the advantages and disadvantages of the resource
Students should have the ability to engage in research; accordingly, all students should have received lessons in information literacy including how to access library resources, how to research, how to use MLA to cite and how to find proper resources
Questions to be Considered What is malaria? What are its symptoms? How serious is it? How is malaria contracted? Do all mosquitoes carry the disease? Why is malaria more prevalent in Africa? When did its prevalence end in America? How can malaria be prevented? What is the world doing to prevent the disease? What can I do to help stop the spread of malaria?
Activities Identify areas of the world most affected by malaria and create a malaria map Understand the ways people contract malaria and write a prevention one-sheet Work Together in your groups to create a Public Service Announcement that showcases prevention tools including net Research and Create a malaria handbook for use in middle schools across the globe Research UN Millennium Development Goals and how the world is working towards them Use Technology to develop a class Wiki (using Weebly or Wikispaces) that includes a glossary of all terminology Design and Create a class blog that includes answers to all of the project questions Interview leaders in the area of prevention and eradication including staff at Malaria No More Plan an event that showcases the important role that nets can play
Technology Resources Wikibooks at www.wikibooks.org Wikiversity at wikiversity.org Bergen Community College library online at http://www.bergen.edu/library Class blog page at http://tellingthemalariastory.weebly.com
Outcomes Students will be able to: Read and understand a variety of materials.2. Read, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety ofmedia, reference, and technological sources.3. Use data collection and analysis, statistics, and probability in problem-solving situations and communicate the reasoning used in solving these problems.4. Use a variety of tools and techniques to measure, apply the results in problem-solving situations, and communicate the reasoning used in solving these problems.5. Know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they affect the world.6. Understand that science involves a particular way of knowing and understand common connections among scientific disciplines.
Advantages v. Disadvantages Students learn fundamental information literacy skills including research, analysis, citing All resources are free to use Concepts are easy and can be used in any discipline Learning curve for using a wiki can be high depending upon student Concern over ability of others to edit and change wiki information