Sparked: Scramble for Africa

Sparked: Scramble for Africa

I used Adobe Spark to create this online augmented reading assignement which covers the scramble for Africa, Belgian exploitation the Congo, and the impact of colonialism on today’s DR Congo.

Teaching Charlottesville

As school begins, the recent events in Charlottesville are sure to be on students minds. Teachers on Twitter have been sharing ideas and resources that can be used to help students understand what's been happening under the hashtag #charlottesvillecurriculum.

Well I Thought It Was Awesome...

Intro slide for a lesson on the Electoral College with witty cultural reference from a totally classic movie—it sailed right over their heads.

I should note that this was less of a fail than when I, for some reason, referenced the Wookie homeworld (Kashyyyk), mispronounced it and recieved a swift correction from the front row. My geek pride is still a little wounded from that one.

Lesson - Advertising Analysis

I created this presentation as the introduction to a lesson on advertising which was part of a week-long Grade 12 Economics Advertising & Marketing unit. As a class, we watched several of the commercials that aired during the Super Bowl. Each student then selected two commercials and, using a media analysis graphic organizer, identified the product/brand, message, target audience, persuasive techniques used, and any intended/unintended effects the more controversial commercials may have had.

Note to NFL: Please don't sue me!

Poster Power

Poster Power

Today in US Government I presented a selection of posters from the AIGA’s annual Get Out The Vote civic design program. The class discussed what they thought the message was that each poster conveyed and what visual cues were used by the designers to communicate it. The students then used the S.I.G.H.T. Method worksheet to critically analyze the poster of their choice.

Political Ad Storyboarding Lesson

Over the last few weeks the class had watched a number of political TV ads for specific ballot propositions, both pro and con. Their assignment was to now break up into small groups and create a storyboard for their own 30-second political ad. Each group was instructed to: 1) select one of the 17 ballot propositions we had studied (no Prop 60); 2) decide on a position – either pro or con; 3) using the facts they’ve learned about the propositions, construct an argument which supports their chosen position; and 4) create a storyboard for their political ad that made a convincing, compelling, and evidence-based argument either for against their chose proposition.