How do teachers navigate digital spaces to identify and gather relevant and reliable information? How do teachers determine an appropriate way to organize and present information?


Driving Question: What impact does your topic have on the US and/or the global community?


I. In your group select one of the topics below to research:

  • The Japan Nuclear Crisis
  • Government Shutdown
  • Libyan Air strikes
  • Revolutions in Egypt or Tunisia
  • Airline Safety Standards


II. Gather & Analyze Information

What is the current state of your group’s event?

What additional information is needed to help understand or better contextualize your group’s topic? This information might include explanations/definitions of important details, similar historic events, possible implications, proposed solutions, global or local impact, etc.

III. Creatively Synthesize Information

How can you synthesize the information in a unique way?

IV. Represent and Communicate your Constructed Response Using a Digital Medium

What is the most appropriate way to communicate your findings?
After you have located and synthesized information on your topic, choose a creative way to represent your ideas. Here is a list of possible tools that you can choose from to represent your information:

Slideshare
Slideshare allows you to upload and share your PowerPoint presentations and Word documents on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar. Share what you learned in your inquiry process through Slideshare.

Xtranormal
A free, easy to use animation creation tool. Billed as a "text-to-movie" tool, if you can type, you can create a movie.

Toondoo
Toondoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for teachers and students. Jambav is devoted to creating a unique array of free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. Represent what you learned in your inquiry process through a comic strip.

Voki
Voki is a free service that allows teachers and students to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. Let your avatar explain what you learned in your inquiry process.

Animoto ?
Animoto is a tool to easily create videos from user-uploaded images. Users can select background and audio to go with their images, and Animoto puts the media together into a video to easily share with others.

Create a video using a Flip camera.

Surprise Us! - Introduce us to a new tool we haven't tried yet.
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Follow-up Questions:
How did you determine how to find the timeliest information?
How did you identify this information as accurate?
How did you determine what addition information was needed for your event?
How did you identify this information as accurate?
Why did you determine that was the most appropriate way to present your information?
Why did you choose to represent your sources the way you did?