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Question for us as researchers:

How can the use of VoiceThread & TPack strategies enrich student's global awareness of culture in Central Africa (specifically Chad, Cameroon, Congo, and Rwanda)?

Internet Resources for CHAD:






YouTube: Everyday Faces of Africa--Natural Beauty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzoCm5Lo1lg

YouTube: Channel 4 News--Chad Fighting continues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Km5sqIr_fs (posted 2/4/08)

YouTube--CBS Video News: War In Chad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLrrtig3Hwc (posted 2/4/08)

YouTube: Chad--A French War? (part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHB0qEiW5jE (posted 9/15/09)
YouTube: Chad--A French War? (part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBmtslVn-4A (posted 9/15/09)

YouTube: Chad--Rebel Attacks resume http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09jxiJz_8yo (posted 9/21/09)

Internet Resources for CAMEROON:

Culture of Cameroon http://www.everyculture.com/Bo-Co/Cameroon.html

Cameroon: History, Geography, Government, and Culture--Infoplease.com


Cameroon, West Africa--Culture, Art, & Traditions


YouTube: NKANG-TSUM Africa Cultural Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ5Ikf3XqvA

YouTube: Cameroon Culture--Welcome to CPC Bali http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es7URH5Xhec

YouTube: A Year in Cameroon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngcfJUvU7Xg

Internet Resources for CONGO:


Infoplease.com: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107427.html



Video: Children of Congo--From War to Witches

YouTube: Congo River Medicine Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9o4lZFkDZQ

YouTube: Congo River (Beyond Darkness) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHzYsj8rZp0 (in French)

YouTube: Congo: The Broken Heart of Africa, part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d4dFYiIzK8 (violent?)

Internet Resources for RWANDA:


Infoplease.com-- http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107926.html

Culture of Rwanda http://www.everyculture.com/No-Sa/Rwanda.html


Tutsi, Hutu, and Hima: Cultural Background in Rwanda http://www.orvillejenkins.com/peoples/tutsiandhutu.html

YouTube--Rwanda: Batwa pygmies--dances, culture, music, part 2

YouTube: East Africa August 2007

YouTube: Kigali, Rwanda May 30-June 7

This project will enrich the learning of students by causing them to generate an interactive application of their prior knowledge, research, and opinions on their respective area of study.

Process of ILP:

Students will explore social issues that are currently happening in Central Africa. They will be responsible for research which will be guided by the teacher to help gain a knowledge base about what's going on through exploration of their textbook, online learning research, multimedia videos & music.

3 Week Process:
Week 1: Begin studying Central Africa (show snippet videos each day to get kids thinking about the four areas in Central Africa they have to choose from)
Week 2: Break into groups and begin studying and collecting research (end of the week introduce voicethread) submit storyboard (teacher will review and provide feedback), students will revise storyboard
Week 3: Continue group work, create voicethread, publish & share with peers

Usage of new literacies:

-multimedia videos about Central Africa global issues (news reports, interviews, etc.)

-class blogsite (lvoicethread), agenda/checklist, daily progress check/participation...individual student is responsible for posting daily work explaining their specific job activities which they engaged in)

Trailfire (linked on class blogsite serving as a jumping off point for guided research on global issues)

End product:

Students will work in small groups with specific jobs research recorder (responsible for citations), script writer/storyboard generator (compiles groups ideas for generating script for PSA video on global issue), tech guru (responsible for being the tech expert and for compiling video using VoiceThread).

-Russell & Andrea