I am about to start my first "global lesson" in my advanced health course. It is an upgrade and re-imagining of a lesson I have done in the past. Essentially the project is to design, film, and share a student built PSA about a topic pertaining to drugs, tobacco, or alcohol in a way which encourages and inspires action among youth. In the past, students had to find a fact or statistic about something they wished to teach their classmates about (IE Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in 2010.- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and film a dark, comedic, serious, or informative short film. The new concept however, is that students no longer just select a fact, but instead connect to experts locally, national, or globally and perform interviews prior to writing the film script. For example, if students were researching the effects of secondhand smoke, they could contact the Truth campaign and request an interview via email, Skype, or informally using Twitter. They will also ask permission to use data and statistics from the source directly rather than just using search engines. In order develop their PSA, students will have to research, connect to experts, create an outline, film, and eventually share it on social networks. To help them with this progress, students will use the following essential questions:
I am hoping that with the addition of developing video editing skills, my students will also learn the value of netiquette, and connecting to experts for advice/projects. If done correctly this could also help develop their Eportfolios for college as well as assist in building their PLN. See my post about PLNs here!
I am a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Byron High School in Byron, Minnesota.