Week 4 – Global issues

Over half of all Syrian refugees are children.
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Oxfam International via Compfight

Listening and watching the news over the last few days, I’ve heard about some real global issues affecting many of the countries represented here in the student blogging challenge.

This week’s activities relate to these topics:

  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • Greenpeace and piracy charges
  • Government shutdown in USA
  • Human Rights – Blog Action Day – remember to publish your post on October 16
  • World Teachers Day – October 5th
  • World Habitat Day – October 7th
  • World Food Day – October 16th
  • a global issue affecting your country but not mentioned above

Activity 1

Imagine you are a journalist researching one of these topics. What are some of the questions you might ask someone you are interviewing? Remember questions start with

  • who
  • what
  • where
  • when
  • why
  • how

Try to find the answers to your questions by researching news articles. Remember some articles might be biased to one side of the topic, so check out articles for both sides of the debate. Check out some of the links in activity 4 to get information as well. Write a post as an imaginary interview. Include links back to the newspaper articles, websites or videos you used for information. Post here for Edublogs and Blogger and a video for Kidblog about linking.

Activity 2

Which of these topics affect your country? What is your government doing about it? If you are able, without getting into trouble, give your opinion of the topic and how it affects you as a student. What could you as a student or class do to help solve the problem?

Activity 3

Have you or your class ever held a fundraiser for a global issue? Write about it in a post. What was the event? What did you do? How much did you raise?  How did you feel?

Activity 4

Check out some of the links on these pages about human rights and global issues. What did you find interesting? Something new you learnt? A myth busted?

Activity 5

Do something about a global issue. Here are links to games and activities for kids about global issues. What did you choose to look at? Write a review in your post.

Teacher resources – Global citizenship from Oxfam, Globalkids connect, Action Aid resources,

Still more time to sparevisit students and classes from the other countries involved in the challenge. Leave a comment or question relating to a global issue that might be affecting them.

Leave a comment on this blog telling Miss W. the global issue you think is most important to be solved. It might not be one of those mentioned in the post. Give reasons why it should be the first issue solved.

 

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Week 4: Make it global

Not many activities this week as I know many classes have been on spring break and need time to catch up from previous weeks.

Student and teacher reminders

  1. Have you checked the student/class list to make sure your URL is accurate? Leave a comment on this post with corrections.
  2. Have you uploaded your user or comment avatar?
  3. Is your ‘About me’ page up-to-date and is there a link to it on sidebar or in header?
  4. Have you added links to student and class blogs on your sidebar?
  5. Are all your posts categorised now?
  6. Have you changed the name and tagline on your blog? Shouldn’t see johnpar12’s blog anymore
  7. Have you changed the theme or appearance of your blog?
  8. When I mention ‘Write a post’ in the challenges, remember to use some web 2.0 tools as well like wallwisher, voki, polls, posters etc. Check out what other teachers and students are using in the ‘Visit these’ posts.

Global activities from January through March

Did you or your class discuss or take part in any of these events?

Activities for both classes and students:

  1. Check out at least one of the websites linked above. Write a post about what you have learned.
  2. Write a post in your mother language. Make sure you have a translator widget on your blog.
  3. Research a famous woman in the world. Write a short biography including reasons you consider her famous.
  4. What are the roles women have in your family, community, country? What rights do women have in your country? Compare to another country from Asia, Africa or South America.
  5. Students from middle or high school, take the human rights quiz. Research one of the people mentioned and write a post about them.
  6. What are some of the water problems you have in your area? How can you help solve the problem?

Free Rice

Last year, we started a group for the student blogging challenge at Free Rice.  As at writing this post, we have

Members count: 45

Grains donated: 47 950

Are you going to join and earn grains of rice? Our group is called ‘Student blogging challenge’.  If under 14, you need teacher or parent permission to join.

Earth Hour

Are you, your family and other members of your class, school, community going to take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 31st March at 8.30pm? Visit the Earth Hour website to find out what you could be doing. Add a widget or banner to your post or blog. Check out what the World Wildlife Fund are doing. Write a post about your participation.

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Challenge 6: Global issues

Did you or your class remember to take part in Blog Action Day on Sunday? The topic was “Food”.

This week we are going to continue on similar topics about global issues.

What do you think are some of the worst global issues at the moment?

There might be some that are more specific to your area of the world. But this week research one of the following topics:

  • hunger
  • water
  • racism
  • use of resources
  • global warming
  • specific aspects of the environment
  • unemployment
  • war and unrest
  • use of land
  • terrorism
  • HIV/Aids
  • child labour
  • women’s rights
  • education and literacy
  • another global issue of your choice

Activity 1: For this challenge we are looking at research skills, attribution, links and creativity in how you have presented the work.

For the topic you have chosen you might want to create two or three posts rather than one very long one.

In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to include a poll or survey, a collage of images, a slideshow you have created.

Teachers – Here are some links to where you might get some ideas – a brochure from Global Concerns Classroom, educating for global citizenship, ACEE – student voices,

Activity 2: Global issues in your classroom

Have you or your class taken part in some work associated with a global issue? Create a post about what you were involved in. Check out what some classes did last year relating to Uganda.

Activity 3: United Nations

The United Nations is an organization that also looks at some aspects or global issues. Check out their website, play some games and webquests, then write a review about what you have learned or found interesting on their site.

Activity 4: Visit other blogs

Visit at least ten other blogs not from your country. Ask questions about some of the issues they might have in their country. Make some comparisons between the countries taking part in the challenge.

Activity 5: Be creative

Use a web 2.0 tool to be creative about global issues. This might be a poll or survey, a quiz, write a poem, create a poster, draw a picture, write a story or cartoon about a super hero saving the world – just be creative.

Activity 6: Free Rice

I have just created a group at freerice.com Let’s see how many grains of rice we can earn before the end of the challenge. You will need to join freerice, then sign in and join the group called Student Blogging Challenge

Image: ‘SUDAN CAMP

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