Project Title: Global Issues: The World Divided 29 Ways

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High school students, ages 14 - 18, studied global issues by researching different countries around the World. Students were assigned countries and researched general information, statistics, economic issues, trade, unemployment rates, and current events for each country. They looked at the relationship the countries had with other countries, including the United States. They focused on the current events that took place in each country. A requirement for each student was that the events must have taken place between the years the students were born and the present. Therefore, the students were researching information that had taken place during their lifetimes. 

Students drew conclusions and made connections between the events that had taken place in the country they were researching and the impact of those events on other nations around the World. They summarized their findings by locating the countries and events in Google Earth, creating kmz files that explained the effects or consequences of those events, and creating lessons to share with their fellow classmates.

This project is part of, "Google Historical Voyages and Events," a site dedicated to showcasing teacher and student projects related to history.

Essential Questions:

1) What impact do events in countries have on other countries around the World

2) To what extent do events in one part of the World affect other parts of the World?

3) How do changes in one country affect its people, its communities, and their inter-connections with people in other countries?

4) How do time, place, and current events affect the course of a nation and its impact on other nations?

5) How do changes in a country affect its history?

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Students' Final Projects Are Done in Google Earth Pro.
You can download them from this page or the School's Google SITE page.

View Final Projects in Google Earth.


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Link to Lesson Documents (Below):


Global Issues: The World Divided 29 Ways

Project Goal:

Students will implement a variety of Google applications, such as Google Earth, Google Images, Google News, Google Search, etc. to research global issues surrounding different countries around the World. Each student will research a different country, concentraing on events that took place in those countries. They will draw conclusions and make connections between those countries and other nations around the World. Students will pinpoint those events and inter-connections to explain the consequences to their peers.

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Final Project Task:

Using Garage Band, iMovie, YouTube, and Google Maps students created narrated video presentations of what they had learned. They created their own audio files, using Garage Band. Students narrated their scripts to their own, musical creations. They used iMovie to create videos, which they uploaded to YouTube. Finally, they created a class collection using Google Maps, placing each video in a corresponding place on a map of West Africa.

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Project Rubric::

Benchmark #1

1. Begin using Google Earth and research general info about the country.

2. Pinpoint the country's capital, population, and how the country's government is divided (branches) on Google Earth.

Benchmark #2

1. Research the country regarding significant economic issues since your birth year.

2. Using Google Earth, pinpoint one or more areas of the World that have been significantly impacted by the country's economy. Tell whether the country's economy is developing or non-developing, its GDP, current unemployment rate, debt, what countries do they export to and what do they export, and what do they import and from where.

3. You may also provide information for major businesses or industries within the country.

4. Explain (incorporating a Google Image) economic impacts using Google Earth

Benchmark #3

1.   Research your country regarding significant religious issues since your birth year.

2. Using Google Earth, pinpoint the one or more areas of the world that have been significantly impacted by the country's religious  beliefs. Specify what major religions are practiced in the country.

3. Explain (incorporating a Google Image) how the country's religious beliefs impact other countries using Google Earth.

Benchmark #4

1. Research the country regarding any terrorist activity since your birth year. Using Google Earth, pinpoint one or more areas of the world that have been significantly impacted by the country regarding terrorist activity

2. Are there any terrorist groups in the countries? If so, put a placemark where they are located within the country and any other places around the globe they have attacked. Explain (incorporating a Google Image) using Google Earth.

Benchmark #5

1. Research the country regarding its relationship with the United States since your birth year

2. Explain (incorporating a Google Image) this relationship using Google Earth.

3. Explain any US representation in the country and/or the country's representation in the US. Example: ambassadors.

Benchmark #6

1. Research your country regarding its relationships with other countries (not the United States) since your birth year. Provide info on any disputes with other countries, refugees, and drug trafficking, etc.

2. Using Google Earth, pinpoint the areas of the World that have been significantly impacted by the country. Explain (incorporating a Google Image) using Google Earth.

Benchmark #7

1. Research the country regarding its government leaders and ruling parties since your birth year.

2. Using Google Earth, pinpoint the at least one area of the World that have been significantly impacted by the country's government and its leaders.

3. Elaborate on the country's constitution and suffrage. Explain (incorporating one Google Image) using Google Earth.

Benchmark #8

1. Research the country regarding one significant event that has occurred since your birth year.   nnn

2. Using Google Earth, pinpoint at least one area of the country that has been significantly impacted by this event.

3. Explain (incorporating at least one Google Image) using Google Earth. For example, you may want to discuss a weather-related event, such as a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, etc.

4. Or you may select a current issue, such as the drug war issues affecting Mexico, or nuclear weapons and North Korea, etc.

Benchmark #9

Present your completed Google Earth creation to the class.

Resources:

Citation Machine

Google Historical Voyages And Events

Google Historical Voyages And Events Resources

Google Historical Voyages And Events - Project Form

Google Earth Tutorial

Google Tools Used: Gogle Earth, Google Images, Google News, Google Search

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m1.  Students did research using the Google Search Engine

m2.  Lesson plan and lesson documents were uploaded to Google Docs. Documents:

          - have searchable text

            - can be accessed online by other teachers and students

            - can be downloaded and printed

            - can be emailed to others

Students' Completed Projects Can Be Accessed Here


Listing Of Countries:

Afghanistan - by Conrad

Australia/New Zealand - by Taylor

Chile/Argentina/Peru/Bolivia - by Kevin

China/Taiwan - by Rachel

Cuba/Haiti/Jamaica/Puerto Rico - by Craig

Egypt/ Kuwait/ Oman - by Dustin

Ethiopia - by Collin

France/Germany - by Kevin Men.

Greece/Turkey - by Megan

Iceland - by Lindsey

India - by Michael

Indonesia - by Miana

Iran/Yemen - by Tristan

Iraq

Israel/Palestine/Syria - by Ryan

Italy/Libya/Algeria - by Josh Sta.

Liberia/Sierra Leone/Ghana - by Emily

Mexico - by Steven

N. Korea/S. Korea - by Abigail

Nicaragua/Honduras/Costa Rica/El Salvador - Maggie

Pakistan - Victoria

Russia - by Kyle

Lesson Plan, Learning Standards, and Rubric

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School Webpage on "Google Historical Voyages And Events"

The students' project is summarized on a webpage which is found by clicking on the project title from the "Global Issues" page of the "Google Historical Voyages and Events homepage."