Key Learning Area: HSIE, “Living in Communities” and English (Australian Curriculum)
Web 2.0 Tools and ICT Used
- Connected Classroom
CUS2.4 – Describes different viewpoints, ways of living, languages and belief systems in a variety of communities.
CUS2.3 – Explains how shared customs, practices, symbols, languages and traditions in communities contribute to Australian and community identities.
SSS2.7 – Describes how and why people and technologies interact to meet needs and explains the effects of these interactions on people and the environment.
EN2-1A – Communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in groups, classroom, school and communities.
EN2-3A – Publishes text using digital technology.
- Begin to develop a sense of empathy and commonality with people in other places.
- Begin to consider feelings and points of views of others, both in their own community and the wider world.
- Begin to recognise and respect the similarities and differences between people in different places.
- Show children a map of Australia. Explore and discuss the many different places around Australia. Ask: What do you think these places/communities may be like? E.g. Think about people, culture, township, schools, entertainment, the original establishment, the current change and modernisation etc Have students discuss and share their ideas.
- Explain that the students are going o become ‘pen pals’ with students from a remote part of Western NSW e.g. Goodooga. Students will email a question to those students in Goodooga asking them about their community e.g. “what does your school look like?” The students in Goodooga will also do the same. This will occur once a week for 5 weeks. Their task will be to then answer those questions. To do so, they will need to take photos and videos so that a deeper level of understanding and knowledge is formed. Then, using Edublog, students will upload their responses.
- At the end of the 5-week period, both classes will meet through a connected classroom and share what they have learnt from one another.