In this activity, second grade students will connect virtually with one or more community members such as police chief, city manager, librarian, or mayor in order to discuss their roles and responsibilities. Students will keep track of what they learn in order to create a poster describing the person and everything he/she does to help the community. Once completed, the posters will be shared with shared virtually with the community member.
This activity will take three 20 minute class periods to complete if the students create a poster.
- Be able to develop interview questions to ask a community member.
- Be able to describe how local government affects the lives of its citizens.
- Be able to effectively engage in a video conference / virtual interview.
- Be able to ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
- Be able to compile key ideas from the video conference / virtual interview into a digital poster.
Video Conference: A video conference is communicating with other participants in different locations in such a way that you can hear and see them.
Virtual Interview: A virtual interview is asking another individual a series of questions through a video conference connection.
The students will need prior experience working within Google Slides (or another presentation tool).
The teacher will arrange for a time to connect virtually with a local government official.
The teacher will need to be familiar with the collaboration tool they choose to have students use (e.g., Google Hangouts or Skype).
The teacher will need to schedule video-conferences with several individuals affected by bullying (e.g., parents, victims of bullying, school principals, reformed bullies, etc.).
The teacher may consider joining the following Google+ Communities in order to find educators/students with whom to collaborate:
Optional: Download the Poster Template 8.5”x11”. Make copies of the template for the students to be able to edit it. (Go to File>Make a Copy)
- Children should be monitored by an adult whenever engaging in a video-conference. Teachers should check with their district technology leader prior to engaging in a video-conference.
- If using Google Hangouts - In schools, users must be 13+ or led by the teacher.
- Watch the video tutorial on Skype.
- View the Google Hangouts Tutorial.
- Please See 21things4teachers Collaboration Learning Tools to learn more about these tools:
The teacher will inform the students about the approaching video conference / virtual interview.
Students will work in small groups to brainstorm a list of potential interview questions to ask the guest.
As a whole group the class will develop a master list of interview questions.
Students will volunteer to ask the guest a specific question.
During the video conference / virtual interview, students will keep track of the guest’s answers.
After the interview, students will create a poster showcasing the position/role/job of the individual interviewed using Google Slides or another presentation tool. Share the copied versions of the Poster Template 8.5”x11” for the students to edit.
- These posters may be virtually shared with the guest.
- Students will share their posters with the class and/or a small group.
- Rather than having every student involved in one single video conference / virtual interview, small groups might be assigned specific community members (each group would interview a different community member).
- Check for understanding
- Students will be informally assessed during the interview on the following:
- Student was able to develop interview questions to ask a community member.
- Student actively participated in a video conference / virtual interview (good listening skills)
- Students posters will be assessed using the following criteria:
- Student compiled key ideas from the video conference / virtual interview into a digital poster.
- Student described how local government affects the lives of its citizens
- Student demonstrated creativity and care when creating the poster.
7a. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
7b. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
Devices and Resources
Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad
Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL
App, Extension, or Add-on:
Google Slides, Google Hangouts, Skype
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media orally or through other media.
Videoconference with an author.
Videoconference with a scientist.
Students will describe how local government affects the lives of its citizens by learning more about the roles of local government officials (e.g., city manager, city council member, police chief, mayor, etc.).
This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools, February 2018.