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Cultural Diversity Classroom Projects
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ultural Diversity

Classroom Projects

The impact of globalization on every country in the early part of the 21st century has taken many people by surprise. Geographical and historical divisions which were at the heart of global markets are becoming increasingly irrelevant. It has changed core economic concepts, and some would say the world is getting “smaller and flatter” as a result of technological advancements.

This project encourages students to explore different cultures in the world, as well as understand the impact of globalization. Globalization leads to migration, so let’s get to know our neighbors.






Contents:


Cultural Diversity 2

Primary School Lessons (5-10 years) 3



Primary School Lessons (5-10 years) 5

Primary School Lessons (5-10 years)

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Learning Outcomes



Project outputs

  • Create a Photosynth

  • Develop an interactive quiz

  • Presentation and feedback

  • Self-reflection



esson 1: GLOBE TROTTER

Essential Question



Why must we be aware
of other cultures and religions?


Time: 120 minutes


Technical Requirements


  • Microsoft Photosynth (Photosynth.net) – synthesizes photo collections into a 3D online experience

  • Fling the Teacher (ContentGenerator.net/fling) – create an interactive quiz/game

  • Microsoft Word (version 2003 and higher)

  • Internet access

  • Optional: a digital camera



Student Activities

  1. Explore 3D experiences of some famous locations using Photosynth:


  • The Taj Mahal

  • The Pyramids

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • Vatican City

  • Machu Picchu

  1. For each location, discuss:

  • Where is this in the world?

  • What do you know about this country and its people?

  • Why is this location important?

  • What does this location represent for this country’s culture?

  1. Log into the Photosynth website. This requires a Windows Live ID, which you can create during the process if you don’t already have one.

  2. Download these nine images and unzip the folder[how to]

  3. Using these images, create a new Photosynth [how to]

  4. What do you know about this location? For a hint, skip to the Additional Resources section of this document.

  5. Use Bing.com to find out:

  • To what religion is this location connected?

  • What do you know about this religion?

  • What are their beliefs?

  • What is the name of their holy scriptures?

  • What else can you find out?

  1. Share your findings with the class.

  2. Complete a reflection sheet. Download the template.



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Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of globalization, religions and cultures

  • To develop research, synthesis and evaluation skills

  • To develop presentation skills

  • To develop collaborative skills

  • To understand interdisciplinary themes through the use of technology in the classroom

Project outputs


  • Create a Photosynth

  • Develop an interactive quiz

  • Presentation and feedback

  • Self-reflection





xtension Activity:



  • Design an interactive quiz/game on different religions and cultures [how to]

Primary School Lessons (5-10 years)

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Cultural Diversity Classroom Projects

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of globalization, religions and cultures

  • To develop research, synthesis and evaluation skills

  • To develop presentation skills

  • To develop collaborative skills

  • To understand interdisciplinary themes through the use of technology in the classroom


Project outputs

  • Develop a Wiki with research information about different religions/cultures

  • Group work

  • Group discussions

  • Self-reflection



esson 2: ONE WORLD

Essential Question



What is common between

almost every major religion in the world?


Time: 180 minutes


Technical Requirements


  • Bing 3D Maps Viewer (Bing.com/maps/help/VE3Dinstall/)

  • A wiki service such as Wikispaces (Wikispaces.com)

  • Internet access

  • Microsoft Word (version 2003 and higher)
  • Optional: Windows Live Movie Maker (compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7, download at WindowsLive.com/Desktop/MovieMaker)

    – OR –
    Microsoft Photo Story (compatible with Windows XP, download at Microsoft.com/Photo Story)



Student Activities


  1. Click and explore this interactive map covering six major world religions. Click a religion on the left to travel to a location. When the pushpin appears on the map, click on the “more info” link to learn about the religion. Complete this for all 6 religions.

  2. Organize in groups and decide what religion/culture your group may want to find out more about. Create a wiki site to record your research information. Each student in a group can work on a different part of the wiki. See an example of a wiki and list information you might want to find out to complete your wiki page. [how to]

  3. Present your wiki to the class.

  4. Discuss what the different religions have in common.

  5. Highlight 5 facts about any religion which you have discovered as a result of this research project.

  6. Complete a reflection sheet. Download the template.



Extension Activity:


  • Using Bing.com, search for a video that is relevant to your wiki, or create your own using Microsoft Photo Story or Windows Live Movie Maker. Link to the video from your page (see an example at http://diversecommunities.wikispaces.com/Sikhism). [how to]


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ssessment Opportunities

Each of these lessons provides opportunities for assessment. Rubrics provide students with a better understanding of what is being assessed, and how to improve through the help of ongoing monitoring and assessment for learning — rather than an end-of-project summative assessment. Use your school or region’s standard assessment scheme, or assign a scale and use visual approaches to feedback on progress.


Rubric





Excellent
(3 points)


Satisfactory
(2 points)

Needs Improvement
(1 point)

Participation

Student displays enthusiasm in listening to others and provides constructive feedback

Student displays confidence in leading work

Student is able to turn ideas into actions


Student contributes to class discussions or group work

Student listens to other students and provides his or her own input



Student does not listen to the input of others

Student does not contribute to discussion or activities

Student displays hostility towards others with different ideas


Creativity/ Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving Skills

Student is especially adept at using IT skills to create original and compelling work

Student is able to solve problems using critical thinking skills

Student approaches challenges with original and creative thought

Student encourages others to be creative


Student displays eagerness to use IT skills, imagination, or critical problem-solving skills throughout lesson and in discussions

Student assists others in pursuing their critical or creative goals


Student does not contribute creative input

Student gives up on challenges and problems

Student uses other people’s work or ideas as their own


Lesson Proficiency

Student displays greatly increased understanding of subject matter or IT skills

Student shares previous understanding to enhance the lesson for others

Student engages in all aspect of the lesson and looks for ways to take activities further


Student completes activities

Student displays increased understanding of subject matter and/or IT skills

Student displays pride in their work and understanding


Student does not complete work or completes it after the deadline

Student does not display increased understanding of subject matter or IT skills

Student is disruptive to activities (i.e. aims to prevent other students from learning)




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This was created with the help of Imagine Education. Learn more at


ImagineEducation.net.

dditional Resources

Topic:


  • Website: Wikipedia: Major world religious groups

  • Website: Religion Facts

  • Website: BBC guide to World Religions

  • Website: Wikipedia: An overview of globalization

  • Website: The Globalist: Guide to globalization

  • Website: Tutorial on globalization
  • Website: A project from the Levin Institute: Globalization101.org


  • Website: International Monetary Fund: Globalization, a brief overview

  • Website: Fair trade foundation

  • Website: BBC site on religious festivals

Technology:


  • How To: Extract files from a zip file

  • How To: Create a photo story/movie with Microsoft Photo Story or Windows Live Movie Maker

  • How To: Create a Photosynth

  • How To: Use Bing Maps

  • How To: Record a podcast with Microsoft Sound Recorder

  • How To: Store and share files using Windows Live SkyDrive

  • Guide: Windows Live Movie Maker in the classroom

  • Guide: Windows 7 in the classroom

  • Guide: Office 2007 and 2010 in the classroom

  • Guide: Free Microsoft tools in the classroom

  • Video: TED Talk: Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps (Photosynth, Bing Maps, and WorldWide Telescope)

  • Video: TED Talk: Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth



Globe Trotter Hint:


This location is in the northern part of India.

It has four entrances.

It is a place of worship.

The water around the main building is sometimes called pool of nectar.








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