Monday, May 14, 2012

Gandhi- Lesson Using Discovery Ed and other Digital Media

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of Gandhi from the previous lessons to know and understand why he was such a strong advocate for nonviolence.  By using digital media, as well as interactive quizzes (Brain Pop), and Google Docs, all learning styles will present themselves in the lesson, and provide students with the opportunity to master the content.  Engagement techniques will be used throughout the lesson to make sure students are being active learners.  The final product, and assessment, of the lesson allows students to apply their knowledge of Gandhi in an active way, all while providing choice for the students involved.

Essential Question:  Who is Gandhi and what did he do during his lifetime to live nonviolently.

Introduction (hook): Watch a brief video, and together, create a list on the Smart Board of some of the things that Gandhi did for the people of India and nonviolent activists around the world. Students will participate in the interactive quiz at the end of the video to ensure they were actively engaged.

Vocabulary: Students will take part in creating a vocabulary map using Kid Pix, focusing on the Social Studies words used in Chapter 21 (India and Its Neighbors). Students will later use Quizlet to create flashcards of these same vocabulary words to help them study.

Guided Media Practice: Students will choose from various means of technology to learn more information about India and Gandhi

Independent Assessment Project:
After watching the DiscoveryEducation video on Gandhi, and based on the information that you found, contribute to the class GoogleDoc to display your understanding and application of this noble man, Gandhi.

Group Project: You will also use this GoogleDoc to help you create a newscast explaining Gandhi’s legacy. You will complete this project using various digital images and video, and you will compile your newscast using IMovie, Prezi, or Garage Band.

Create a Blabberize, acting as if you were Gandhi, explaining who he was and what he did during his lifetime on behalf of the people of India and nonviolent activists around the world.

*By involving various forms of technology and digital media, almost all of the multiple intelligences are covered in some way. Based on the activities mentioned above, the teacher is able to meet the needs and interests of all students within the classroom, which helps to cater to the “whole child”. Students will be actively engaged in their learning by completing various projects, but they will also be using various forms of technology first hand. Hopefully they will see the purpose in doing the projects as well. This lesson would also allow the students to choose what technology tool to use, as well deciding what lessons they want to contribute to on the class Google Doc. By giving the students choice, and including a variety of technology tools and digital media, students become in charge of their own learning; Which in turn, will increase their motivation to learn and succeed.

*Some of the links used in this lesson are generously provided by our School District and requires students to be logged in to the Student Portal.

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