Presenter: Leslie Pralle Keehn
Location: Blairsburg, Iowa, USA
Presentation Description: In a year-long focus on the 5 themes, students first developed local, personal videos that put them out in the community. We shared this project with other districts, publishing their videos and viewing videos of other classrooms as well. Later, they Skyped with a gentleman from India, living in South Africa, who traveled around the poorest regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. With him, they learned about and discussed the 5 themes along with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, taking their learning global. Finally the year-long study culminated in the students producing projects based on personal interest in other countries around the world, using the 5 themes video format from the beginning of the year.
Follow the journey of 7th grade students in rural Iowa who took the 5 themes of geography from local to global as they learned about and connected with cultures around the globe, incorporating creation, connection, collaboration, and change along the way.
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