Web-EnhancedLearning Mini-Lesson Plans Project Bryan Di Gregorio
Lesson One Anchored Instruction Volcano Evacuation PlanO Grade level: 9thO Subject: GeographyO Tennessee Standard Number: 3.0 GeographyO Standard: Geography enables the students to see, understand and appreciate the webO of relationships between people, places, and environments. Students will use theO knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts within the six essential elements ofO geography: world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, humanO systems, environment and society, and the use of geography.
Lesson One (cont.)O Uses of Technology: Internet for research and problem solving, using web-based tools to create student productsO Lesson Summary: In groups of 3 or 4, students will take on the role of scientists tracking the eruption of a volcano and will be tasked to create an 5-step evacuation plan for a nearby city. Prior to their task, students will watch videos and news reports of recent eruptions in Iceland. We will discuss as a class what we saw from the videos and what stood out. Students will use the internet in order to research the proper methods of evacuation; including when to evacuate, how to do so in an orderly fashion, and what’s needed from cooperating groups such as police, firemen, doctors, nurses, etc. In order to do so, students will also need to know the signals a volcano gives to let you know if its progressing or regressing. After completing their plan and publishing it using a choice of web-tools handpicked by me, students will then orally present as a group.
Lesson One (cont.)O Student product: Students will create their evacuation plan consisting of the required elements (the 5 steps, what’s needed from other agencies/people, and at least 5 relevant pictures) by either using a slide-show web tool or creating a poster presentation with Glogster.com. Students will take turns talking in front of class about their plan and the process they went through to create their plan.
Lesson Two ScenariosO Grade Level: 11-12thO Subject: EconomicsO Tennessee Standard: Standard 2.0: Globalization of the economy, the explosion of population growth,O technological changes and international competition compel students to understand,O both personally and globally, production, distribution, and consumption of goods andO services. Students will examine and analyze economic concepts such as basic needsO versus wants, using versus saving money, and policy- making versus decision-making.
Lesson Two (cont.)O Uses of Technology: Locating and evaluating information on the Internet, using the Internet for information problem solving, and using web-based tools to create student products.O Lesson Summary: I will devise a scenario of a company who’s profit margins are diminishing because the product it produces is losing its market value and appeal to consumers. As a class we will discuss a similar situation in history to put the scenario in perspective. Students must develop a believable plan for the future and discuss an example they researched from the internet where a company either took a different path than the one they chose or something similar.
Lesson Two (cont.)O The scenario: You are the CEO of a Memphis based scientific and graphing calculator company. With the economy being weak and the age of smartphones, laptops, and tablet computers (which can emulate and process the same functions as your calculators) being more accessible and used by the general public your margins of profit are in the negative and the company has been reporting losses for the past year. Stock prices for your company are at an all-time low. Stock owners and investors in your company are worried about the direction your company is headed. Your employees are in fear that there may be layoffs in the near future. Your company is currently worth approximately $55 million and your cash on hand is $11 million (20%). You decide to set up a board meeting with your fellow top executives and division heads in order to devise a plan for the future. You must adapt a list of five different steps you can take and you must choose one and defend it. You must also research a similar situation in history and discuss it. You must use PowerPoint or web-based presentation software to create you presentation to the class.
Lesson Two (cont.)O Student Product: Students in groups of 4 or 5 will take on the role of a board of executives of a company that is currently producing a form of technology (graphing calculators) that is losing market value and appeal due to simulated technologies reproduced on newer gadgets such as smartphones and tablets. The company’s profit margins are diminishing and in order to survive it must plan for the future. Considering the scenario, students will cooperatively concoct a list of 5 different options that the company could take. They must describe the advantages and disadvantages of each. After creating the 5 options, each group will have to agree on one option and defend it in front of the class. They will also be required to use the internet to research a similar real-world situation and describe what that company did and how it’s similar or different to the option that they chose. Students will put together this information using presentation software, web-based or local, in order to present to the class.