Technology Tool(s): Garageband, Skype, Internet
In this lesson, upper elementary students are learning about the water crisis in Africa, by video chatting with experts. Then they will choose a topic related to the water crisis, research about it on the Internet (in teams) and then create a public service announcement podcast that will be played on a local radio station. The lesson meets all three levels of the Triple E.
- Engagement: Students are working in teams (co-use, social), the technology (video chat, audio editing software, and research websites) all focus on the task at hand and with good instructional strategies, can keep the students focused on the end goal.
- Enhancement: The technology adds value by helping to connect the students to real life experts, helping them gain real time information via the Internet and publishing information to a wider audience via the podcasts.
- Extension: The technology allows the students to connect with experts (authentic) as well as publish their work on the local radio station.